East Side Buzz, Friday, April 24

The East Nashvillian Delivered to Your Door!
Need some new reading material for your day at home? The East Nashvillian is now being delivered when you order from many local restaurants, liquor stores, and merchants.  When placing orders online, simply look for The East Nashvillian on the menu and add it to your order or request it when you place your order by phone. The magazine will be on its way to you along with your order.  Copies are also available for curbside pick-up orders (and a few of these fine establishments are only offering curbside pick-up at this time) but you can request The East Nashvillian with your order or grab one from the rack by their front door.  Check out the full list of participating restaurants and shops, and bookmark the page to check back for updates!

Mayor Cooper Releases Road Map Reopening
Mayor John Cooper’s office released a detailed plan on Thursday for reopening Nashville for business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The four-phase plan sets specific benchmarks for loosening restrictions placed on various types of business and public facilities. Data-driven, rather than date-driven, the plan allows for changing conditions to accelerate the phases of the plan, while also accounting for possible continued outbreaks of COVID-19 forcing reversions to earlier phases.

The detailed plan document is available at safenashville.org. Public comments on the plan are encouraged and may be made through the same site.

Hospitality for Hospitality Workers
Beginning Wednesday, April 29th, Chef Sarah Gavigan of Otaku Ramen and her team will be serving up to 250 meals per day to local hospitality workers. As part of The Restaurant Workers Relief Program, Otaku Ramen will be joining Chef Edward Lee, The LEE Initiative, and Maker’s Mark in a program that has already served over 80,000 meals nationwide to hospitality workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In a time of so much uncertainty for our fellow hospitality industry professionals, our team at Otaku Ramen is committed and honored to feed as many people as possible to those affected here in Nashville.” Chef Sarah Gavigan said in press release.

The program will run  Wednesday through Sunday out of Otaku To-Go at 604 Gallatin Ave. #203, 3-5 p.m. each day. All hospitality workers are invited to participate simply by showing a pay stub when picking up a meal. This program will run for 4 weeks, ending on May 31. For more information, follow Otaku To-Go online and The LEE Initiative on Instagram @leeinitiative.

Business of the Week: The Turnip Truck
As a longtime believer in community involvement, Turnip Truck owner John Dyke felt a special call to action when the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic began to be felt in Nashville.  The Turnip Truck’s third, and newest location at 5001 Charlotte Ave., was scheduled to open on  March 28, but the increased demand for groceries as Nashvillians began to realize they were in for an extended stay at home led to Dyke opening the store one day early.

In the days that followed, The Turnip Truck added over 30 new employees for the company’s three stores — East Nashville, The Gulch, and West Nashville — to ensure shelves stay stocked along with instituting several changes to protect the health of both employees and customers. These included:

  • Hand sanitizing stations outside the store for customers before entering and inside next to the cash registers for cashiers and customers
  • Providing gloves at the front door for customers and requiring masks and gloves for employees
  • Placing floor signs at cash registers delineating 6 feet distance for customers
  • Placing Plexiglass barriers at cash registers between customers and cashiers
  • Making regular announcements to remind customers and employees to maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other
  • Supplying laser pointers for the Health and Beauty and Grocery departments to ensure a safe distance between employees and customers
  • Regular sanitizing wipe downs of counter surfaces, keypads, handles, and railings
  • Added online shopping and delivery
  • Designating the first hour of shopping for seniors and immune-compromised individuals

The Turnip Truck has also sourced locally manufactured hand sanitizer from Old Glory Distillery and will begin selling it this week.  For more information and updates about The Turnip Truck, visit them online at theturniptruck.com or follow them on Facebook @theturniptrucknaturalmarket.


The Clock is Ticking for FEMA Tornado Assistance
An important reminder that individuals and businesses who were affected by the March 3 tornado can still apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but the May 4 deadline is fast approaching. The FEMA Helpline at 800.621.3362 (TTY 800.462.7585) is staffed daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central Time. You can use the Helpline to register with FEMA for assistance, update your information on a previously filed claim, appeal a FEMA decision, and more. Application status updates are also available online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by downloading the FEMA app from fema.gov/mobile-app, or by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800.621.3362 (TTY 800.462.7585).

Quick Bits

  • The Wild Cow reopened on Wednesday, April 22 for takeout or delivery through Postmates, Doordash, Chownow, and the new Wild Cow app. At the current time, they are only taking online orders with a limited menu in order to observe social distancing in their kitchen. For more info or to download their new app, visit them at com, and don’t forget to add a free copy of the March/April issue of The East Nashvillian to your order!
  • Some good news in regards to post-tornado recovery: Both Attaboy Nashville and The Basement East have officially begun the process of rebuilding with construction slated to start soon. In the meantime, The Basement East observed the fifth anniversary of their opening this week and are currently selling commemorative “We Will Rise” t-shirts in partnership with I Believe In Nashville. All profits from the sale of the shirts will be donated to The United Way with the funds earmarked for Nashville service industry workers who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Work on the Greenwood Hill Center development which will feature a new Publix grocery store at the corner of Gallatin and Greenwood Avenues is continuing. The 14 townhomes that will be part of development have been listed by for sale by the Tudor Building Group. More information is available on the Tudor website.
  • TURBO, a division the Nashville Civic Design Center ‘s Reclaiming Public Space initiative is seeking green-thumbed neighbors who wish to donate plants for the 10 planters located in the traffic triangle at the junction of Gallatin Avenue and North 11th Street, in front of the East Branch Library. To commit to taking care of a planter and to find out more information about what it means to “Adopt A Planter,” visit the TURBO Triangle Triage page.
  • The 46th annual American Artisan Festival scheduled for June 19-21 in Nashville’s Centennial Park has been canceled. The American Artisan Festival will return to Centennial Park on Father’s Day Weekend in June 2021.
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