Lots of interesting tidbits this week, from a new face at East Side Smiles to long-awaited businesses opening and longstanding (and medium-standing) businesses closing, plus lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Orthodontist joins East Side Smiles
As of Friday, Oct. 14, we’ll be seeing a new face over at East Side dental hub East Side Smiles: Orthodontist Jay B. Burton, who already has offices in Madison and Gallatin, will be spending Fridays at 7 N. 10th Street here in the neighborhood, as he builds up a patient base closer to home.
Dr. Burton and his family live in Rosebank, and the doc says he’s excited to set professional roots here too.
“My wife Sarah and I have fallen in love with the area,” he says, “and look forward to getting more involved in the business community.”
A West Tennessee native, Burton did his residency at New York University, before coming back home to the Volunteer State. Learn more about him and his practice at SmileMaker.com.
Burton joins another East Side tooth top-gun at that practice: East Side Smiles captain Dr. Thomas Hadley.
A Vinyl Tap update
If you’ve driven by the former Family Wash at Porter and Greenwood recently, you’ve likely noticed that Vinyl Tap — the long in-the-works beer bar and record shop taking over that space — has been coming together nicely, with a sleek and cool black paint job and lots of other interior and exterior improvements.
But no, the doors aren’t yet open.
Initial plans were for a May opening, but renovations ain’t easy. So the latest hope, via co-owner Todd Hedrick, is to begin serving and selling in mid-November. Those folks are working on crossing Ts and dotting Is and getting beer permits and such, but we’re getting close, and it’s looking good.
Progressive Children’s Center closing
After four decades, Inglewood day care Progressive Children’s Center is closing up shop.
PCC leaders Terry Mooneyhan and Lamar Bauman are retiring, and prepped for the closing over the weekend with a sale of toys and other trinkets accumulated over years of serving East Nashville kids.
According to public records, the property at 1201 Greenfield was purchased in September by well-known developer — and previous East Nashvillian of the Year — March Egerton, who’s also behind the Walden development that houses Jeni’s/Two Ten Jack/the soon-open Five Daughters Bakery and more.
We reached out to Egerton to see if he’s ready to share his plans for the location; we’ll update when we have more.
A big congrats to Mooneyhan and Bauman on both retirement and the accomplishment of running a much-loved small business in our community for so many years.
Little Octopus announces last dinner date
OK, this time it’s for real: Upscale eatery Little Octopus has reset its final date in East Nashville, as finishing touches get put on their new forever home in The Gulch.
(Back story: We shared news in June about Little Octopus’ relocation, with its then-planned closure in July 31. But build-out delays led them to extend their East Nashville stay through fall.)
Your last chance to grab a meal inside POP, where LO’s been locked down for over a year, is November 20.
The opening date for the Gulch location (formerly home to Ru-San’s) hasn’t been announced yet, but we should get news on that soon, along with details about the next pop-up concept taking over POP’s East Nashville space, 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 202.
Hours as Little Octopus ramps down on the East Side: 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Porter Road Butcher closing location
OK carnivores, take a breath: Yes, East Nashville-launched butcher shop Porter Road Butcher is closing some doors. But the good news, for us, is that they’re not at the flagship location on Gallatin.
PRB opened on our side of the river in 2011, then expanded to Sylvan Park two years later and added a slaughterhouse in Kentucky. The three-space juggle proved to be a bit too much, co-owner Chris Carter told The Tennessean’s Jim Myers.
"Honestly, we're overwhelmed," he said. "We were stretched too thin."
With full focus returning to the East shop, we should be getting some improvements, including an expansion of their market space and charcuterie line, Myers notes.
Madeline Pizza and Pasta opens
Back in August, we mentioned that shuttered Cleveland Park laundro-cafe Madeline would be reemerging with a similar name and totally new concept: Madeline Pizza and Pasta, slinging — ding ding ding! — pizza and pasta.
The doors are now (re)opened at 1224 Meridian, and although their website was (as of this posting) still blank, GrubHub has the menu up. On that menu: classic dishes like Caprese salad, lasagna, ziti and various pizzas, calzones and stromboli.
The former Madeline opened in that space in early 2015, and closed abruptly in July after just five months.
Keep up as things get going at the new restaurant by liking Madeline Pizza and Pasta’s Facebook page.
Quick: Grab your special-edition Dead Deads issue
Psst: We did a limited edition run of an alternate cover for our 2016 Music Issue, with East Nashville’s own The Dead Deads holding up the front. (See above.) And there are a few copies still floating around town.
Specifically, as of this posting, they had some at the Family Wash (626 Main St A), Grimey's Too (1702 8th Ave S) and The Basement East (917 Woodland), The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest) and Urban Cowboy B&B (1603 Woodland).
So move your feet, Dead Corps, if you want your keepsake.
Both that special cover and the ones with Robyn Hitchcock include an awesome feature on the band, penned by Andrew Leahey. Read it here.
Cloud IX hookah bar, coming soon to Inglewood
We’re working on more details for this one, but here’s what we know so far: A new hookah bar and lounge called Cloud IX is in the works at 3807 Gallatin, near Stratford.
The folks behind the new business: event promoters iBustle, led by East Nashville native Erica Fenton.
Signs are up at the building now, but we don’t have details on a planned opening date yet. More when we know it.
Let’s support these neighbor businesses
We try not to dig deep into crime reporting here, as our TV stations and newspapers do a thorough job of it. But there’s been a rash of break-ins recently, targeting small businesses in East Nashville, and we wanted to show some support.
Among those hit, according to WKRN: Far East, Lockeland Table, Pied Piper Eatery and Atomic Nashville, among others. Burger UP was apparently hit early Thursday as well. All independent businesses run by and/or employing East Nashvillians.
If you’re looking for places to eat or shop this week, might show some support to local entrepreneurs dealing with a frustrating time.
East Nashville photographers share images of Cuba
This Saturday, Oct. 15 brings a dual exhibit from East Nashville photographers John Partipilo and Dan Heller, who captured the people and places of Cuba over a three-week road trip.
A premiere and artist reception for “Two Lenses, One Country: Photographs Of A Changing Cuba” will be held at Casa Azafrán (2195 Nolensville Pike), 6 to 7:30 p.m., and along with a look at Partipilo and Heller’s work, you’ll be able to enjoy live music, wine and snacks, purchase prints and meet the artists.
(You may recognize those two names from — among many other mentions in our pages — the Images of Cuba photo essay in our July-August 2016 issue.)
— Five Daughters Bakery’s East Nashville location, at 1900 Eastland, has one more soft opening day coming (Friday, 7 a.m. ’til the dough runs out), and then their grand opening Saturday morning at 9. Fun extra: They’re going to be filling random boxes of donuts with gift cards, so you might leave their place with sugary goodness AND a free excuse to come back for more.
— Things seem a little bananas over at the Shoppes on Fatherland Wednesday? Don’t worry, Gaga wasn’t back for East Nashville seconds — it was just Nashville, filming some scenes for the next season on CMT.
— New East Nashville kids shop The Crazy Kukla Boutique is rounding the corner to getting their new place finished, and plan to announce a soft opening in the next two weeks. But ahead of that, forgive us if this feels a little Christmas-in-July: They’ve already set a date for free photos with Santa at 1900 Eastland, Unit 102. The Man in Red will be there on Saturday, Dec. 3, and you might want to sign up now. There’ll be hot chocolate and cookies and a pro photog who’ll send you your pix to print out as you wish. Fa-la-la.
— Before we get to Christmas: Halloween! You probably have your own costume sorted, but is your dog ready? The Dog Spot’s annual Halloween costume photo contest is up and going again, and prizes include Dog Spot passes, Nomzilla and Pepperfire gift certificates and more.
— A new twist for Historic Nashville: whole areas on the Nashville Nine list of endangered properties, including all of Cleveland Park.
— Rolling Stone shared local country singer Stephanie Urbina Jones' “Vamonos” video. (You might know her as one of the architects behind the East Nashville Chicken Chase and Hot Hen Hoedown.)
— Oh hey, back on Christmas again: 2016 Ann Chapman Holiday Lights Contest, starting next month. If you go full-on Stranger Things on the outside of your house, you've got our vote, at least.
That’s all for this week. Have any tips to share? Please email Nicole.