Burger Up’s strong commitment to high quality, locally sourced ingredients coupled with excellent service helped it quickly become a beloved Nashville institution. By 2015, its owners were ready to expand their presence from 12 South to the other side of the river and set their sights on an underutilized commercial space that anchors a key intersection in the Five Points neighborhood.
Formerly an organic grocery store, the space was well suited to become a vibrant restaurant space, and cues from the building’s history were integrated into the new design. The back of house spaces became the kitchen and restroom spaces, allowing the window-filled front half of the building to become the bar and dining spaces. The existing battered tin ceiling was removed, exposing the patina-rich wood roof structure that was simply cleaned and left in its natural state. Custom designed and locally made tables and banquettes in the dining room reflect the quality and emphasis on craftsmanship that the restaurant represents.
In some ways, the most significant improvement occurred outside the building. Where once an unused windswept patio once languished, a lively terrace was established via the addition of a steel roof structure complete with fans and heaters that partially covers the patio and has transformed the space into a desirable hangout spot, especially on mild evenings.