Welcome to October, friends, and to the first installment of what we expect will be a very-regular feature on the East Nashvillian blog.
If you're our Facebook friend, you'll see more by-the-moment East Nashville news, and some of that will be recapped here, along with fresh tidbits. Have news/details you think we should share? Drop us a line.
This week, some neighborhood goings and comings and soon-to-be comings, along with some fun stuff to do and listen to.
On to it:
East side openings and closings
We've been pretty fast and furious with business comings and goings on the East side of late, and that's still rolling.
Mickey's Tavern -- the new, decidedly and purposefully un-fancy bar at 2907 Gallatin Pike -- opens its doors today, Friday, Oct. 4. Head by from 5-7 pm for opening-night happy hour, with two-for-one beer, well and call drinks. You'll find domestics, darts, foosball, and zero mixologists wearing sleeve garters.
The Crying Wolf, which took over the space the French Quarter Cafe used to occupy, hosted their grand opening in late September, and they're now open evenings all week, sharing drinks and low-key vibes.
The folks behind doggy daycare and boarding space The Dog Spot are putting the finishing touches on the new Spot's Pet Supply shop, and are planning for a mid-November opening at 1013 Gallatin. (More on Spot's here soon.)
Eater Nashville shared news about 5th and Main space Myridia changing courses, shooting for a Tapas concept under the name Antica. The small plates should make their big debut in November, Eater notes. Myridia opened last spring.
Furniture and gifts stop Eclectic Nashville, in the Porter East development, closed up shop in late September. They'll still be doing custom furniture work, though; keep in touch via their Facebook page.
Inglewoodians who were excited to see the corner near the old Old Made Good become Urban Green Lab: Sorry to bear some bummer-ish news:
"The Inglewood land at McGavock Pike and Maxey Rd. was chosen as the physical site for Urban Green Lab, but much has changed in the immediate neighborhood and in Nashville more broadly since we launched the organization four years ago," reads a UGL newsletter update. "A combination of demographic and logistical challenges make the Inglewood site untenable for this particular use…" More on what will end up there soon.
You can read more about neighborhood openings and closings in our print pages, with Eric Jans' great and comprehensive "What Are They Building in East Nashville?" features.
Eastside ambassadors Elizabeth Cook and Todd Snider pay tribute to Alabama
Lightning Rod Records' High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama hit shelves in late September, and it features two of our neighborhood's best-loved singers and songsmiths taking on "Feels So Right." Listen below.
Will Hoge readies new record
While we're on the subject of music: Singer, songwriter, one-time East Nashvillian cover subject and Chevy Silverado commercial soundtracker Will Hoge is getting ready to release his new album, Never Give In, on Oct. 15.
Leading up to its release, he's offering a chance to share dinner with him and hit one of his shows, plus one. Visit Tunespeak to get in on the contest.
Purple Theater hosts Beat-centric weekly gathering
Local poets, writers, artists and other creative types who harbor a soft spot for the Beat era: Kerouac's BEAT MONDAYS at the Performing Artist's Co-op, aka the Purple Theater, aim to embody the easy cool and wild creativity of that period to kick off each week. Expect Beat jazz, poetry, spoken word, coffee and tea and good vibes, for $5 at the door, $3 advance. Eye their Facebook page for more.
More East Nashville news to come, on (at least) a weekly basis. If you have East Nashville-related snippets to share, please, reach out!