Murfreesboro is getting a Nashville favorite craft burger and beer joint.
M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, owned by A. Ray Hospitality, will open its fifth location at Murfreesboro’s West Point development, anchored by Costco, the company announced in a news release.
The development sits off of the Interstate 24 exit at New Salem Road.
Owner and Nashville native Austin Ray has familial ties to the area and has considered expanding there for awhile, according to the release. His mother was born and raised in the area and he grew up visiting his grandmother in Murfreesboro. 
“A location that is easy to see and easy to get to was my priority, and our newest M.L. Rose location will be visible and accessible from the interstate at Exit 80, and just a 10-minute drive from downtown,” Ray said in a release.
Ray opened the first location of M.L. Rose on Eighth Avenue in 2008 and the neighborhood spot has become a Nashville favorite. The burger and pub food concept expanded to Charlotte Avenue in 2012, Capitol View in 2017 and ventured outside of Nashville for the first time In 2021 with the opening of the Mt. Juliet location. 
“Our Mt. Juliet location has been open just more than a year, and the guest response has surpassed our expectations,” Ray said in the release. “We are responding to the demand for local establishments in the greater Nashville area, and we think we’ll be right at home in Murfreesboro.”  
The opening date for the Murfreesboro location will be announced at a later time.  
The location will have 36 local and craft beers on tap and M.L. Rose menu favorites like the loaded waffle fries, nachos, burger creations, salads and sandwiches. It will open for lunch dinner, late night, happy hour and brunch on the weekends.  
A. Ray Hospitality also owns Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen and Melrose Billiard Parlor. 
Ray got his start in Nashville’s hospitality industry in 2003 as co-owner of Bar 23 and music venue City Hall, with Strategic Hospitality’s Benjamin Goldberg, before founding A. Ray Hospitality.
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