East Side Buzz, Friday, July 24

Servin’ Up a New Issue!
We’re keeping the cover secret until it’s available everywhere, but you can now pre-order the new print issue of The East Nashvillian and even get free delivery! It’s going to be a limited print run so don’t miss out! Click here to pre-order now!

And speaking of issues, our last issue is still available when you place an order for any of the deluxe merch we’re now offering through our new webstore for The East Nashvillian! Grab yourself a swank Shelby Bottoms shirt featuring the one and only Golden Pheasant or pay tribute to the East Side’s most famous Street (or is that Avenue? Or Pike?) Or score an East Side pride bandanna that can serve double duty as both a handy face covering or a high-flying freak flag! Show your East Side Pride with fancy duds on your body and a copy of The East Nashvillian on your coffee table. Place your order today!

COVID-19 — The Battle Continues
Nashville’s battle against COVID-19 made national headlines on Wednesday. In a story released by The Center for Public Integrity, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, was quoted as issuing a warning to 11 major cities that needed to take aggressive action to slow the spread of the virus. The cities identified were Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.

The Mayor’s office released a statement on Thursday that the warning was based on old information. They further noted that actions taken over the past few weeks —  including returning to a modified form of Phase Two and the recently enacted mask order — have slowed the spread of the virus. However, they acknowledge there is still widespread disregard for the mask order in certain areas including the downtown entertainment district.  Earlier in the week, Mayor Cooper announced that restaurants that serve alcohol must close at 10 p.m. beginning Friday, July 24.

The Metro Health Department officials also announced an increase of 407 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. As of Thursday morning, there have been a total of 18,830 cases of COVID-19 reported in Davidson County, an increase of 2,751 cases over last week’s total. The 14-Day New Case Trend condition warning remains at red but there has been a decrease in the Transmission Rate, from 1.21 to 1.08,  allowing the warning level to decrease back to yellow.

Nashville will most likely remain in Phase Two of the Roadmap to Reopening Nashville for several more weeks. More information and updates on Metro’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available at asafenashville.org.


Open Hearts for Breakfast (And All Day!)
,  a new, all-day cafe, opened its doors on Monday, July 20, at  914 Gallatin Ave. The new eatery is the latest project from Attaboy and Lakeside Lounge owners Michael McIlroy and Sam Ross, and Melbourne-born managing partner Kate Ross.

Hearts is inspired by the world-renowned food and coffee culture of Melbourne, Australia. Serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch, the menu will lean heavily on breakfasts and egg-based dishes balanced by lighter food options and a modern take on some classic Aussie dishes. The café also offers beer, wine, spirits, a seasonal selection of cocktails, and a refreshing spritz menu.

Hearts is now open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more info and a look at their full menu, visit heartsnashville.com. 

Charity Ball for Fanny’s School of Music
Beloved East Side, all-gender friendly music store, Fanny’s House of Music, has announced plans to expand their music education program into a new, separate entity. Fanny’s School of Music. The new non-profit 501(c)(3) organization will raise funds to build a new building adjacent to the music store at 1101 Holly St.

The new school will triple the number of students Fanny’s can serve, along with providing music therapy offices and a community space for group lessons, workshops, and live performances. Like its for-profit sister, Fanny’s School of Music will be a place where all people can feel comfortable exploring and growing, especially women and girls.

For more information, progress updates, or to donate, visit fannysschoolofmusic.org.


Join the Tomato Art Fest Porch Parade!
Each year the Tomato Art Fest Push, Pull and Wear Parade fills the streets in East Nashville with tomato merriment. For this year, the usual model for the parade is being flipped in the interest of safety, with the first Tomato Art Fest Porch Parade.

Houses, businesses, apartments along the parade route can register to be a part of the Porch Parade and decorate their exteriors for parade-goers to walk, run, bike, or drive the parade route at their own socially distanced pace August 1-8. Registration is now open for homeowners wishing to participate. For more information, a map of the parade route, and to register, visit the Tomato Art Fest Porch Parade website.

Metro Library Temporarily Suspends Curbside Pickup
Speaking of voting, The Nashville Public Library announced this week that curbside pickup has been suspended at several branches due to early voting. Metro’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) made the decision to allow all voters inside library branches serving as polling stations due to the extreme heat, and the library canceled curbside pickup at Bellevue, Bordeaux, Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, Hermitage, and Madison branches to allow more room for voters to socially distance while waiting.

Library patrons that have already reserved items for pickups at those branches can call the Main Library at 615.862.5800 to reschedule pick up at the Main Branch at 615 Church St. or the Southeast Branch at 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway. Curbside pickup will resume at Bellevue, Bordeaux, Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, Hermitage on August 5, and at the Madison Branch on August 10. For more info and to reserve items for pickup, visit library.nashville.org.


Quick Bits

  • According to co-owners Mike Grimes and Dave Brown, repair work to The Basement East is on-schedule to be completed by September. The popular music venue’s reopening will depend on the current state of the pandemic, however. The Basement East was heavily damaged by the March 3 tornado.
  • The long-empty former service station at 2803 Dickerson Pike was listed for sale this week with an asking price of $1.25 million. The 1.14-acre property has been owned by the same family for 47 years and also features a larger, garage-type building behind the building facing Dickerson Pike.
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