Daniel Rippy of Corner Pub Nashvillian Rippy follows in his fathers restaurateur footsteps
About 15 years ago, Jeff Rippy began a tradition for his family: before each Nashville Kats arena football game, he’d set up a grill behind Tootsies in downtown Nashville. They’d spend the afternoon barbequing, offering plates to family and friends and anyone else who caught the wafting smell off of Broadway.
At the time, Rippy was a 25-year veteran of the Nashville-based brokerage firm J.C. Bradford & Co. Just a year after he began this Saturday ritual, he changed his professional calling to restaurateur.
In 2000, Jeff and a group of friends opened Rippy’s Bar & Grill in downtown Nashville; four years later, the same crew launched the original Corner Pub in Nashville. And now, nearly 10 years after his fi rst venture, Rippy and son Daniel Rippy opened a Corner Pub on Columbia Avenue, marking the family’s fi fth establishment in the Middle Tennessee area. “We’re excited to be in Franklin because we think it goes well with what Corner Pub is all about – a neighborhood sports grill that’s very family oriented,” said Daniel, the restaurant’s general manager. “We want to host families as well, and that’s who we’ve been seeing a lot of.”
Like the other family-owned Corner Pub bar and grills, the restaurant sticks to its tried-and-true menu items – cheese burgers, spicy chicken chunks and quesadillas are mentioned as favorites – and offers a daily meat ‘n’ three special that extends through the night. Daniel said though they aren’t a barbeque-focused restaurant, customers can expect the same BBQ that Jeff served up outside of Tootsies so many years ago.
“It’s a family business, so we take a lot of ownership in what we put in front of customers,” he said.
In addition to a long dining room that’s lined with rustic, wood-paneled walls and decorations hand-picked by Daniel’s mother, the restaurant’s outside patio seats upwards of 20 people. The general manager said that it’s the ambiance that sets Corner Pub apart from many bars.
“This is a nice, clean atmosphere that’s for everyone, drinkers and non-drinkers,” he said. “Your average guy can come in and get a beer with his buddies and feel comfortable, but he’s also ok with taking his wife and kids here. It’s just easy going and laid-back in here.”
Dan said he’s done just about everything, from bussing tables at Sportman’s Grille in Belle Meade to bartending and managing the Corner Pub in Nashville’s Midtown area. The Nashville native said it’s the people he meets that keep him engaged in his job. “I get to meet a lot of characters in the restaurant business,” he said. “I’d leave the industry, but I’d keep coming back. There’s just something about it that you feel like you’re part of a family.”
The Corner Pub in Franklin is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to midnight on weekends.
For more information, visit its website at www.cornerpubtn.com.
This is part of a series on merchants in downtown Franklin. To read more, go to www.downtownfranklintn.com.
Posted on: 5/10/2013