We start this week’s East Nashville news column on a sad note.
East Nashville is mourning a friendly and dedicated restaurateur and beloved member of the community this week: Pied Piper Eatery owner Becky Piper passed away after battling an aggressive form of cancer, her family announced Thursday.
Her restaurant is open at 1601 Riverside Dr., and Becky’s wish was for it to remain so, led by general manager Neil Higginbotham.
Love and respect to the Piper family, who embody the creativity, ingenuity and community spirit for which East Nashville’s become known.
This weekend, we’ll be enjoying some meals at Pied Piper, and some ice cream at Pied Piper Creamery, where they’ll be scooping Becky’s favorite flavor, Ziggy Starcrunch, in her honor. Hope you will be too.
What’s coming to the former Edgefield Restaurant space?
Last summer, we heard rumblings about the demolition of the long-dormant Edgefield Restaurant on S. 11th. This month, you might’ve noticed that said demolition finally came to pass.
Visual evidence from Meg MacFadyen, owner of the neighboring Art & Invention Gallery and cofounder of the Tomato Art Fest and The IDEA Hatchery:
So what’s gonna rise out of the rubble?
Since the rumblings bubbled up, rumors were that Carribean food truck Riddim N' Spice was set to launch a non-moving version in that space. We reached out to Riddim N' Spice cofounder Nathaniel Rashean Conaway to ask about those rumors, and here’s his word on the matter:
“It is true that we are in the early stages of planning the redevelopment project. We anticipate a completion time a year from now.”
As far as food, the truck serves “healthy Caribbean goodness in a bowl” — think Jamaican rice and beans with smoked jerk chicken and the like. (Dave Chapelle approves.) We’re waiting on more detail from Conaway on what we should see in the brick-and-mortar space.
While we wait for the new biz to pop up, keep up with Riddim N’ Spice on Instagram to see where/when they’re due next.
East Side Quest coming in June
An early heads up on some big, kid-again fun: The East Side Quest — a “scavenger hunt with local flair” — is set for Saturday, June 6, kicking off at the knoll next to Bongo Java (109 S. 11th).
The rundown: Teams of up to four folks will compete, working off East Sider-y clues to wander the neighborhood and complete scavenger tasks at participating businesses and charities. Teams that complete the hunt will get their names tossed into a raffle; a chosen grand-prize team will snag Apple Watches, and runners-up will grab gift cards to local businesses.
Cost to play is $20 per team (East Side Quest tickets are available online), and proceeds go to help local businesses and charities.
More info at the East Side Quest Facebook event page.
Porter Spring Fling set for this weekend
Shops at the Porter East cluster will be celebrating the season on Saturday, May 2, with a Spring Fling open house kicking off at 1 p.m.
The Fling will include the grand reopening of M. Hair Studio, who’ll be sharing snacks and drinks and raffling off prizes.
Other shops pitching in on the party: cool-kids’ shop Rich Hippies, with a sale rack, treats and drinks; DCXV, with a sale (select items up to 50 percent off); sweets stop Sophisticakes, sharing mini cupcakes, mini handpies and mini macarons in an outside tent; Pony Show, also with treats and drinks; and more.
Steadfast Coffee — which has been operating a pop-up inside Germantown’s The Skillery and will soon open a full shop right behind it — will be onsite too, with a coffee/latte bar.
Swing by the corner of Eastland and Porter Saturday to take part.
Nashville Center for Alternative Therapy hosts open house too
The Nashville Center for Alternative Therapy — a holistic health center “offering therapeutic healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels” (including massage and acupuncture) — also hosts a spring open house this weekend.
They’ll be inviting folks in on Sunday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m., sharing drinks and snacks from fellow East Nashvillians Porter Road Butcher, offering tours of the space and introducing visitors to NCAT practitioners.
The NCAT office is located at 2623 Gallatin; more info at the Nashville Center for Alternative Therapy website.
Yum!East tickets on sale Friday
This year’s installment of the neighborhood food frenzy known as Yum!East is set for June 4 at Pavilion East, and tickets — $45 per person — go on sale via the new Yum!East website at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 1.
This year’s event includes contributions from another glut of great East Nashville eateries, including Edley’s Bar-B-Que, The Local Taco, Yeast Nashville and many, many, many more. Check out the whole current lot at said new website.
Field House finished?
If, over the past few days, you might’ve swung by Field House — the sports bar that took over the former Antica space at 507 Main St. last summer — you swung by a closed door with a Tennessee State Government Seizure sign, citing “nonpayment of Tennessee State taxes.”
We’re not sure yet if this indicates a temporary or permanent closure, but reached out to owner Sean Clem for word. Clem is also the managing partner at the recently beleaguered Hootenanny Events, which produces events including the East Side Hootenanny and Mardi Gras, Y’all. More when we know it.
Blighted property hosts art exhibit
Demo Graphics — an “ephemeral art exhibition and experience” — is set for Saturday, May 2 in a set-for-demolition apartment complex near Metro Center, and though it isn’t in the neighborhood, there's a mix of East Nashville connections (plus it’s a really interesting event).
Near 20 local artists will be showing their work in the blighted property, with several East Nashvillians in the mix (including Herb Williams — you’ve seen his handiwork if you’ve ever walked by the hypercolorful deer “graffiti” at OMG, pictured above). Once torn down, the property is set to host a new affordable housing development, which is being overseen by East-Nashville based Urban Housing Solutions.
The event kicks off at noon at 2121 26th Ave. N. More info at the Demo Graphics Facebook event page.
Nashville Running Company hosts tent sale
East Nasties and other fleet-footed neighbors: Neighborhood running gear shop Nashville Running Company will be hosting a tent sale, kicking off Saturday, May 2 and carrying through to the following Saturday, with 15 percent off spring clothing, 30 to 40 percent off winter gear and more.
If you bring by some old shoes to donate, you can snag 15 percent off new shoes, too.
NRC’s East Side shop is located at 1105 Woodland; more info at the Nashville Running Company website.
Stratford families celebrate Saturday
If you’re in the market for some Saturday afternoon festivities and wouldn’t mind meeting some neighbors, the Stratford Parents Advisory Council are wrangling the Stratford Cluster Schools Family Picnic in East Park from noon to 3, with a parade, kickball, music and other free fun.
You’re encouraged to pack a picnic and come hang. East Park is at 700 Woodland.
Good news and adoption events from East C.A.N.
Neighborhood animal advocacy organization East C.A.N. put out the S.O.S. late last week — they were “close to broke” and in need of neighbor help to continue rescuing and rehoming dogs in the community. East Nashville delivered, with more than $5000 in donations in a matter of days. Good on us, East Nashville.
Wanna get in on that outpouring of East C.A.N. love? Two opportunities this Saturday, May 2.
First: Mr. Bond and The Science Guys are hosting their 2nd annual “Science Spectacular” — an educational event for young folks aimed at “making science fun” — at Pavilion East (1106 Fatherland), kicking off at 10 a.m. Donations are encouraged (but not required), and proceeds will go toward East C.A.N.
Then: If you’ve been thinking about adding a new member to your family, East C.A.N. will be bringing adoptable pups to Old Made Good (3701 Gallatin Pike, #B) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Nashville Business Journal reports that Bongo Productions, of Bongo Java fame, is working on two new restaurants — one on Jefferson St., another on 10th Ave. S.
- Have a minute to share some thoughts about Inglewood’s future (and the community library’s place in it) with the Public Library folk?
- Over the river this weekend, the 3rd Annual Sevier Park Fest runs Friday through Sunday with music, food, fun, etc. (It’s produced by JD Events and Festivals, which also wrangles the Pavilion East, Tomato Art Fest and lots of other stuff.)
- Congrats to Metropolis Antiques & Gifts, which celebrates eight years in business this weekend. Drop by 1017 Fatherland to share well wishes.
- Wanna take part in Bike to Work Day? There’s an East Nashville route.
- We’re announcing the winner of our Nashville Pride Fest passes giveaway on Friday; new giveaway imminently.
That’s all for this week. If you’d like to share some East Nashville news, give Nicole a shout.