This week’s East Nashville news column has more very-much-a-drag news than we’d like to share this close to Christmas. But some high points to buffer, too.
On to it:
Logue’s Black Raven Emporium closing
We hate to open this week’s column on a bummer note, but alas, bummage is afoot: Nashville music mainstay Robert Logue’s unique and charmingly macabre Logue’s Black Raven Emporium will be closing as of December 23.
Rumors about new building ownership have been swirling for a little while now, and Logue declined to expound on the reasons behind the closure just now, though he will offer a statement on the Black Raven Facebook page as we near closing day.
Logue’s opened at 2915 Gallatin in early 2012, and since, has shared a mix of vintage clothes and books and cult movies and other cool stuff. It will indeed be missed.
What’s going on at Boone and Sons?
Lots of mutterings around the neighborhood over the past few weeks about Porter Rd. market Boone and Sons, which closed for a Thanksgiving break on November 21 and hasn’t reached out to fans and customers since. The building’s been locked; calling its phone number gets you a disconnection notice. Nashville Electric Service confirmed that power to that location was shut off as of December 17, as well.
So, what’s the deal? Short answer: Phone/voicemail/email attempts to reach the business’ owners haven’t been returned, so we don’t have official word on whether this is a temporary hiatus or permanent shuttering. But we’ll surely update when we get the final word.
New cafe, venue coming to 626 Main
And on to better news: We mentioned back in April that Paro South had acquired the former All Nite Glass building at 626 Main St. We have a little info about what’ll be popping up in that space, and said info is fun.
Friends at Paro South tell us that the downstairs space at 626 Main will house a business that functions as a coffee shop/cafe during the day, a restaurant/music venue at night. Upstairs, we’ll see creative suites akin to Paro’s Center 615 (but with a loft feel), set to open April 1. They’re already pre-leasing suites, and all but three of the seven are spoken for. Questions about the new suites? Head by Center615.com or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMOT Eatery, at long last, is open
More good news: Gluten-free food stop AMOT Eatery has finally opened its doors over at 1100 Fatherland St., Suite 101, and as you can see from the photo above (courtesy AMOT’s Facebook page), it’s looking quite lovely.
The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and brunch, and is open Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tiffany and Oprah have a TV chat
Two famous women with ties to East Nashville and first-name-only recognizability, together on one TV box: On Sunday’s episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, the first lady of TV talk (and our former neighbor) brings out teen pop star-turned-neighborhood shop owner Tiffany. We’ll hear about Tiffany’s crazy mall-tour days, why she dropped the surname and more. Maybe Oprah will tell us why she never comes back to visit. (Or, you know, probably not.)
The show airs at 8 p.m. Central on Oprah’s own OWN Network, which, if you’re an Xfinity-er, is channel 103 around here. Above, watch a little teaser preview.
HGTV pilot filmed in Cleveland Park
Love renovation/house-flipping TV shows? You may be in for some neighborhood-centric fun. Via Tennessean reporter (and East Nashvillian) Tony Gonzalez: Nashville Flipped, a new show created by American Pickers star Mike Wolfe, recently filmed a pilot episode for HGTV right here in Cleveland Park.
The specific home, at 331 Richardson Ave., traces back to 1932, and was given its historic sexy back.
"It's not your everyday flip," Brian Friedman of Tacklebox Films told Gonzalez. "They're not just ripping everything out to do it as cheap as possible. They're trying to give it life because someone is going to live there again."
Hard Working Americans documentary/concert film premieres Saturday
Moving from the small screen to the big screen: Have you heard about Todd Snider-led Hard Working Americans’ new documentary, The First Waltz? It’s a from-the-beginning look at how the band of megatalents came together (the ranks also include Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Duane Trucks of Col. Bruce Hampton’s School of Music and Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi), plus concert footage from a mix of 2013 and 2014 tour stops.
Said film will premiere here in Nashville on Saturday at Acme Feed & Seed (101 Broadway), and singer/East Nashville ambassador Snider will be in the house to introduce it. (Knowing Snider, it’ll probably be in a super boring way.)
Wanna be there? General admission tickets run $18 plus fees, and are available online. Great side note: Proceeds from those tickets will benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Stratford assistant principal saves student
A piece of truly inspiring, in-case-you-missed-it pre-Christmas news: Last week, Stratford STEM Magnet High School student Kennedy Kistner suffered a seizure on school grounds. According to a piece from WSMV, assistant principal Jeff Davis jumped in to perform CPR, and brought the freshman back to life.
"She's one of mine," Davis told WSMV. "That's how we feel here. I was working as urgently as I would have if it was my own daughter."
Immense respect and a huge round of applause to Mr. Davis. Read more at WSMV.com.
Laugh while supporting Radio Free Nashville
If you caught our recent piece on comedy in East Nashville, you may recognize the names of local comics Paulina Combow and Ron Placone. Those two and others are set to take the stage at The East Room on January 4 at a comedy benefit for community radio station Radio Free Nashville, part of a push for RFN expansion. (Placone, coincidentally, also runs a morning show that airs on Radio Free Nashville called Indie Bohemians.)
The East Room is located at 2412 Gallatin; show kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $5. Keep an eye on The East Room’s Facebook page for updates.
That’s all for this week. If you have East Nashville news bits in mind that you’d like to share, please drop Nicole a line.