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Nashville's un-restaurant company with a passion for hospitality

Our brands

M.L. Rose
The Sutler Saloon
Melrose Billiard Parlor
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Our People​

Austin Ray
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President & Founder austin@arayhospitality.com

Austin Ray has been a Nashville-based restaurateur since 2003. Ray is the sole owner of M.L.Rose Craft Beer and Burgers: an award-winning neighborhood pub concept with three Nashville locations, and A.Ray Hospitality, a restaurant, consulting, and real estate holding company. He is also operating partner at The Sutler Saloon and Von Elrod's Beer Garden & Sausage House, as well as a partner in Sinema restaurant.


He entered the hospitality scene at 23 years old as co-owner and developer of the posh nightclub Bar Twenty3 and 1200-person capacity music venue City Hall in 2003.


Ray has a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University.


In addition to regular giving at the community level through the Martha O’Bryan center and other organizations, Ray has been a regular mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2008.

Tom Perry
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Tom Perry has served as the Chief Operating Officer for A.Ray since September 2015. Growing up in small town in the Midwest, Perry developed a passion for people, development and the service industry. He honed this passion with studies at The Ohio State University as well as studying abroad.


Joining Team A.Ray, Perry is able to capitalize on his corporate education and experience while reconnecting with his roots in the industry, working for independent, people-driven restaurants and bars.


Prior to joining Team A.Ray, Perry held several corporate leadership positions in operations and training at some of the industry leaders such as Chili’s, Red Robin, O’Charley’s, Bar Louie and Aramark at the University of Tennessee. He has also supervised over 50 new restaurant openings for various brands throughout the Southeast.


From serving as a board member for the Tennessee Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to being a certified disaster shelter manager for the American Red Cross, Perry believes in giving back.

Katy Sanders
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Katy Sanders is the Marketing Director for A.Ray Hospitality, native Tennessean and graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she received a BS in Marketing.


After graduation, Sanders launched her career with CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. as a Marketing Coordinator and was promoted to Brand Director of one of CraftWorks’ flagship brands, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery.


Sanders moved to Nashville in 2012 to accept a position in the consumer packaged goods industry, before most recently deciding to get back to her roots in the restaurant industry and join the A.Ray Hospitality team.



Overview & Philosophy

A.Ray Hospitality is Nashville’s “un-restaurant” company. We build brands that are resilient, approachable and timeless while creating experiences for our neighbors that blur the line between restaurant and bar.
Each of our concepts represents a comfortable “third place” where our neighbors can unwind and socialize outside of the home or office. Our guests don’t need a special occasion or big plans to visit our restaurants. Our casual atmosphere, simple and delicious food, fresh drinks, and neighborly service make every day the perfect day to dine with us. We own Nashville’s greatest places to get out without getting fancy.

Brand Focus

We only create focused and memorable brands. The experiences we deliver connect with our guests on an emotional level. We achieve this by creating concepts that are familiar, timeless, comfortable, and visually stimulating with a culture that transcends generations. Our brands are simultaneously classic and innovative.

Culture & Values

Empathy + Action = Hospitality, and our passion is hospitality. We constantly strive to see our businesses through the eyes of our guests and our team members, but with each decision we make, we focus on finding the balance between the guest, the team, and the business.
Our leadership believes in nurturing teams that are empowered to create their own destiny, measure their results, cultivate “A” players, and fully understand the implications of their actions. We are respectful yet direct, team oriented, results driven, and transparent. Together we celebrate our wins, examine our losses, and communicate openly on all levels.

Our FAMILY VALUES are at the core of everything we do:
We Treat Everyone Like a Good Neighbor

We Practice Respectful Directness

We Believe in Balance

We Find A Way

We Are Agile

Details Matter

We’re Genuine, We Don’t Hold Back, We Have Fun 


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(615) 846-ARAY

408 38th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

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