Predators new power play — Bridgestone Arena will start serving Rotier's cheeseburgers
Nashville Predators revive a 75-year-old iconic restaurant — well, its burgers, anyway — in an arena food stand that will include a sign from the old Elliston Place location
The Rotier's Restaurant cheeseburger on French bread is nearly as Nashville iconic as hot chicken.
Starting tonight (May 21), Predators fans — and anyone else going to a Bridgestone Arena events — will be able to get one for the first time in 14 months.
The arena will debut its Rotier's burger stand — serving only cheeseburgers, chips, beer and soft drinks — for the Predators' first playoffs home game this year.
The move revives, even if in a limited way, one of Nashville's longest-running and best-known restaurants.
"We wanted to reach out and see if there’s a way to keep that iconic hamburger place alive," said David Kells, executive VP for entertainment and venues for Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators.
The beloved meat-and-three, fatally wounded by last year's pandemic restrictions, announced earlier this year it was permanently closing its Vanderbilt University-area spot.
Rotier's general manager Jacob Crouse, the third generation member of the Rotier's family to run the restaurant, said he's excited to see what happens with the arena stand.
"I've been down there every day this week," Crouse said, adding that longtime employees Gene "Eddie" Cartwright and Pam Howse will join him in the arena.
"It’s going to be a good thing," Crouse said. "It’s just one item, so it should be simple. One good burger and we do it right.
"If it works out, there’ll be a future down there."
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