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And here’s the latest round of East Nashville news:
Edgefield Sports Bar & Grill Says Farewell This Summer
This East Side Buzz is kicked off with some sad news. Edgefield Sports Bar & Grill — the longtime, laid-back watering hole and East Nashville staple — will close in early summer.
For over two decades, Edgefield Sports Bar & Grill (check out our recent feature on Edgefield) has been greeting regulars with their favorite libations, serving up burgers from their well-seasoned grill, and playing host to a constant parade of old friends, local politicians, musicians, celebrities, and curious visitors to the Music City.
Edgefield owner Charlie “Buzz” Edens says he will not seek a new location once his lease expires, reports the Nashville Post.
The Edgefield landlords are a group that includes local real estate investors McClain Towery and Elliott Kyle. In 2015, Towery and Kyle, along with two silent business partners, created 921 Woodland Partners LLC and acquired the lot Edgefield sits on for $1.3 million.
Edens has enjoyed a positive relationship with his landlords. “Buzz is respected. We had a friendly and mutual parting of the ways,” Kyle tells the Nashville Post. “Edgefield Sports Bar is a place where great memories have been made, and we want to respect the memory of the place.”
Out of respect for Edens — and Edgefield’s faithful customers, the owners are in no hurry to find a replacement tenant.
Work Begins on East Trinity Corridor Condominium
Nashville-based building services company ZMX Inc. is focusing on their third project in the East Trinity corridor.
Serving as general contractor for the recently completed Edison and Trinity Commons Townhomes, ZMX has begun construction on a 71-unit condominium located at 1041 E. Trinity Lane.
No name has been announced yet for this new project, but the intent is to target first-time homebuyers, the Nashville Post reports.
The four-story building will focus on 470 to 550-square-foot studio and 750 to 900-square-foot one-bedroom residences.
According to the Nashville Post, the residences starting price is $160,000.
Several amenities will be available including a fitness studio, mail room, two lounge areas, a rooftop deck, surface parking, and a pet station.
Since 2012, ZMX has constructed over 175 projects in the Nashville metropolitan area. They are acting as both developer and general contractor for the project, which is targeted for an early 2020 completion.
Nashville’s own Smith Gee Studio is designing the building.
Planned Parenthood Benefit at Cobra
If you’re looking to support a good cause on Valentine’s Day, Stolen Spirits and the ten-piece local band Grizzly T and the Salvation are hosting a benefit for Planned Parenthood at Cobra.
Band member Lauryn Ross says, “My band Grizzly T and the Salvation organized this event. We’re all big supporters of Planned Parenthood. We reached out to them, and they were immediately on board and began helping us plan the event.”
Additional entertainment for the evening will include Lillie Syracuse, Heinous Orca, and Dana K & the Blue Ridge Boys.
There will be drink specials featuring Stolen Spirits, the official event sponsor. The spirits company will also be, “providing drafted letters to Tennessee Representatives in support of the organization for people to sign,” says Ross.
Representatives from Planned Parenthood will also be present to hand out additional information and accept donations.
There will be raffle tickets for sale, and most prizes will focus on a variety of gift cards. All the proceeds from raffle sales will benefit Planned Parenthood.
The benefit is 8 p.m., Feb. 14, at The Cobra Nashville and entry is $10. Door cover, donations, and raffle tickets will all be cash only. For more info click here.
Black Excellence the Art Show at Main Street Gallery
Black Excellence the Art Show is a one night only show at Main Street Gallery that you will not want to miss! This exhibit highlights African Americans across all industries from music stars to athletes, to political leaders, and more.
Nashville native and Tennessee State University graduate Brandon Van Leer is the driving force behind this exhibit. “I grew up in an artistic household,” says Van Leer. “I’ve been drawing and sketching since I can remember, and I know the household I grew up in had a heavy influence towards that. Having sketchbooks and ‘how-to-draw books’ as a kid has paid off, and once I realized the talent I had, and actually thought about it in freshman year of college, I decided that I was blessed and that I should not waste my God-given talent.”
Van Leer creates portraits of all sorts and, over the last few years, he’s built a collection of portraits of African Americans who have displayed excellence within their industry of choice. “After graduation from Tennessee State University, I told myself that I wanted to do my own solo art show for the following Black History Month in 2019. Well, here we are, and I’m blessed to be here!”
Some of the African Americans that highlighted in the exhibit are Maya Angelou, Mike Tyson, Stevie Wonder, and Barack Obama.
“I’ll have my portraits on display and will be revealing a few new pieces that are me stepping outside of the box,” says Van Leer.
The exhibit will take place on Feb. 21 at Main Street Gallery from 6:30-9 p.m. and is free to attend. There will be snacks and wine to sip on while people mingle. Nashville based clothing brand Live Above will also be present as a vendor.
Van Leer says, “This will be my first solo art show, and I’m looking forward to it! I’m blessed by my support system and all of those around me.”
The Cactus Brothers and Walk the West Celebrate 4/20 at The Basement East
Look no further for your 4/20 plans! The Cactus Brothers, Walk the West, and The Will’s will be rocking The Basement East.
Nashville-based Walk the West, formed in 1984, gained great popularity for their country-rock hybrid sound, but in 1989 morphed into a twangier side project known as The Cactus Brothers.
The Cactus Brothers release two records, toured internationally, and were one of the earliest country bands to embrace video and cable television as a way to reach an audience.
Walk the West, and The Cactus Brothers’ innovative sounds continue to make an impact on the country-rock music worlds in Nashville and beyond.
Tickets to the 4/20 show are $12 and go on sale Feb. 9 at thebasementnashville.com.
― The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association (HENMA) will be hosting the East Nashvillian of the Year awards at Lyra on Feb. 11 from 6-8 p.m. The 2018 East Nashvillian of the Year: Business is Lockeland Table, and the 2018 East Nashvillian of the Year: Citizen is Anthony Davis. All are welcome to attend and show their appreciation for these outstanding individuals in the East Nashville community.
― As Nashville continues to build large hotels throughout the city, there’s a tiny house hotel set to open on Riverside Drive. Read more at News Channel 5.
― StyleBlueprint gives a shout-out to muralist Kelsey Montague’s interactive hot air balloon mural located on the side of The Cleo in the Maxwell neighborhood. It’s the largest mural Montague painted last year and is worth a visit in person. Read more at StyleBlueprint.
― Nashville neighbors use Facebook neighborhood watch pages to help fight crime. Read more at Fox 17 News.
― A duplex ordinance enforcement passed by Metro Council in January 2018 shuts down 150 Nashville short term rentals. Read more at Fox 17 News.
― The liquidation company Suite Upgrades, Inc. has teamed up with Lipscomb Davis III, owner of Davis Cabinet Co., to share space in the Davis Cabinet warehouse located at 505 Crutcher St. They will now be open five days a month for shoppers interested in the liquidated hotel furniture or Davis Cabinet pieces. The first five-day sale will be Feb. 13-17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Read more at The Tennessean.