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After 28 years in Germantown, Mad Platter owners announce closing

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The Mad Platter has been a Germantown mainstay for nearly three decades. (WSMV) The Mad Platter has been a Germantown mainstay for nearly three decades. (WSMV)
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Twenty-eight years ago, a mom-and-pop restaurant helped to usher in the food scene to Nashville's Germantown area. Now, the owners of The Mad Platter say it's time for change.

They're closing the doors of that Germantown mainstay in just weeks.

"It's been all-consuming for 28 years," Craig Jervis said. "The next six weeks are going to be bittersweet, and it's going to be really hard for me. This is what I think about when I first get up in the morning."

"We've got a roasted poblano gravy we're making for biscuits and gravy this Sunday," said Jervis, placing peppers on a fire while wife Marcia carried more items into The Mad Platter's kitchen. "It's a nice change from sausage gravy, bacon gravy. We do poblano cheddar grits also."

Craig and Marcia Jervis have been a team in running The Mad Platter.

"Marcia is the face and the personality," Craig Jervis said.

"Craig makes the doors open every day," Marcia Jervis added.

The building has been a pharmacy and grocery store in its more than 100 years. Craig and Marcia Jervis said they knew it was a gamble opening where, at the time, there wasn't a food scene.

"I had to beg my friends to come down here," Marcia Jervis laughed. "One of our first reviews said to jump in your SUV, put the Uzi in the backseat and come to a different zip code. For a long time, people liked to call us the best kept secret in Nashville. Failure was never an option. Eventually, after a few good years, we just started being known. Germantown became an area of, 'let's go get something to eat.' The whole neighborhood became a destination."

As the years ticked by and the Germantown restaurant scene blossomed around them, Craig and Marcia Jervis said they came to realize something. They had family in the many people who came to work for them.

"Anybody who came to the Mad Platter knew Tree," said Marcia Jervis, pointing out a picture on the wall of a former employee. "We held his memorial service here in the restaurant.

"We have the ashes of one of our other employees that's under the floorboards in the wine cellar," she continued.

"It's going to be tough to walk away," said Craig Jervis, reflecting on the decision again.

"I don't know what that's going to feel like, but I know I want to feel it," Marcia Jervis added.

Craig and Marcia Jervis have listed the building for sale and say they're closing The Mad Platter on New Year's Eve.

In a kitchen smelling like peppers and long strips of bacon, Craig and Marcia Jervis said they're just proud of this place they built together and the family they met there.

"I'd like to see somebody love this building as much as we've loved it," Marcia Jervis said. "I really would."

Craig and Marcia Jervis said they just want to spend some time exploring the world. They said they've had other business ideas through the years and what they do next might not be food. They said whatever that next venture might be, it's not going to be right away.

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