Martin's BBQ, located in the heart of downtown Nashville, is a space for community. The original brick building, former home to the The Rutledge Room, was renovated and expanded to house three distinct areas within its 13,000 sf: a full service restaurant downstairs, two private dining rooms on the second floor, and a large indoor/outdoor backyard beer garden with two bars. The kitchen was designed to handle a high volume of guests by dividing into parallel cooking and serving lines.
A partial greenhouse roof over the beer garden welcomes customers to linger while also collecting rainwater to nourish the landscape. Accessible via an unnoticeable back stairwell, seating ranges from picnic tables to a lounge-like area with old car seats and bus benches. Murals cover the walls of the more than 5,000 sf area.