Illustration: Matt Hudson

East Side Buzz, Friday, June 12

Phase 2 Continues, Openings, and More

Shop (And Support) The East Nashvillian!
Looking for a way to display your East Side Pride? Then check out the 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! And you can also add a copy of the print edition of The East Nashvillian to your order. Place your order today! 

Be Seen in the Pages of The East Nashvillian!
A new issue of The East Nashvillian is now in the works! Just like our city, we’re still standing proud and ready to bring you the exclusive coverage of how recent events — the aftermath of the March 3 tornado, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new push for racial justice — are affecting your neighbors. To place your ad in our new issue, contact our sales team today at sales@theeasnashvillian.com.

And speaking of issues, our latest is still available for free when you order delivery 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. Copies are also available for curbside pick-up orders and you can grab one from the rack by the front door of many restaurants. Check out the full list of participating restaurants and shops, and bookmark the page to check back for updates!

Nashville Remains in Phase 2 as Case Numbers Continue to Rise
At his press conference on Thursday, June 4, Mayor John Cooper announced that Metro Nashville will continue to remain in Phase Two of the Roadmap to Reopening Nashville.

“As of today, the majority of our public health metrics are satisfactory,”  Cooper said. “But our 14-day new case average remains slightly elevated, prompting us to stay in Phase Two … We will continue with Phase Two while carefully observing our public health data every day.”

Meanwhile, the state of Tennessee was named in several national news reports as one of 14 states that are reporting sudden spikes in the number of new COVID-19 cases. Likely suspects for the spikes include lifting lockdown restrictions, isolated outbreaks, and the outbreaks in communities previously not affected by the virus.

According to Metro Public Health Department officials, 6,627 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported as of Thursday, June 11 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 796 cases in the last week. A total of 80 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in Davidson County to date.

More information and updates on Metro’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available at asafenashville.org.

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A Pride Double Feature!
Missing the fun and fabulousness of Pride Nashville? Even though this year’s street festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pride Month continues with a couple of very unique events.

Pride in Local Music is a one-night-only livestream event celebrating the music and the LGBTQ+ communities of two great cities — Nashville and Austin. The program will feature music from LGBTQ+artists in both cities and will be webcast on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and PrideInLocalMusic.org. The show will also raise funds for the non-profits  Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and the Music Health Alliance in Nashville.

The show begins on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. CT. For more information,  including headliners, artists, and how to donate, visit PrideInLocalMusic.org and follow @NashLGBTCC and @AustinLGBTBiz on Instagram.

What would be better than a weekend at a drive-in movie? How about a weekend drive-in drag show! The Drag Drive-In will deliver a fabulous load of camp while also making sure you’re practicing safe social distancing.

Produced by Good Neighbor Festivals and Events, The Drive-In Drag will take place at 9 p.m. on Fridays and at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturdays in the parking lot of Studio615, located at 272 Broadmoor Drive. Two stages, a live DJ, entertaining emcees, and multiple performers will present a 75-minute show that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own vehicle. All CDC, State of Tennessee, and Metro Nashville guidelines will be enforced during each show. Attendance is limited, vehicles will be adequately distanced, and no more than five attendees per vehicle will be allowed. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Sound will be transmitted directly to your vehicle via FM radio, and guests are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit dragdrivein.com. Follow Drag Drive-In on social media at @dragdrivein.

The Setsun Sets in the East
Former Treehouse chef, Jason Zygmont’s Setsun East pop-up restaurant will soon be opening in a permanent location at Vandyke Bed & Beverage in Five Points. The new, all-day cafe version of Setsun East will feature breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as an exclusive cocktail program.

While the breakfast and lunch menus will feature many new items, the dinner menu will carry over many established favorites from Setsun East’s former incarnation as pop-up eatery at Sky Blue Cafe in Historic Edgefield. Opening day is planned for Thursday, June 18. For more info, visit setsuneast.com.

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Turnip Truck Sharing the Produce
Local fresh grocer fav The Turnip Truck recently made a large donation of fresh produce to The Nashville Food Project (TNFP), which has provided more than 35,000 nutritious meals in the wake of COVID-19 and the March tornadoes.

“As Nashville’s local grocer, we are honored to support The Nashville Food Project’s work to nourish our community with wholesome food,” Turnip Truck’s Chief Operating Officer Kim Totzke said in a press release. “This has been a challenging year for Nashville, with COVID-19 and the tornadoes. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we support our neighbors’ health and well-being.”

TNFP’s ongoing work includes a Community Meals Program, which prepares and shares more than 5,000 scratch-made, nutritious meals in partnership with community organizations, and an urban agriculture program that helps families grow food for themselves as well as for market. For more information and how you can help visit thenashvillefoodproject.org.

The East Nashvillian In-House News Roundup
Congrats to former cover star, Margo Price, on the forthcoming release of her new album, That’s How Rumors Get Started. Originally slated for release in March, the original release date got scuttled by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the full story check out Editor Chuck Allen’s story on the record and its release, as well as a video premiere for the single “Letting  Me Down“.

Kudos to East Side fav The Bookshop and its owner (and columnist for The East Nashvillian), Joelle Herr, for receiving honors in the June 11, 2020 issue of Wall Street Journal. In the story, “What Good Bookstores Do Best”, The Bookshop was named a favorite shop by WSJ reader Cathy Morgan.

Finally, from the Department of (Kinda) Self-promotion, “East Side Buzz“ Editor Randy Fox (that’s me) would like to let everyone know that Nashville’s little radio station that can and does, WXNA 101.5 FM, is holding its Spring Fundraiser this week. Step up and show your support for locally-produced, independent, non-profit, freeform radio by making a donation through their website at wxnafm.org. Also be sure to tune-in tonight at 5 p.m. CDT for a very special edition of The Hipbilly Jamboree, as I pay tribute to my father (and major league country music fan) Frank Jewell Fox who passed away on June 1, 2020, at the age of 92. And for the lowdown on how WXNA was born, check out the feature story from our November-December 2015 Issue.

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Quick Bits

  • Congrats to local muralist Bryan Deese — whose work includes East Side murals of John Prine, Alanna Royale, and more — for securing a gig for a new mural at Gallatin, Tennessee’s new under-construction recycling center. The mural is being partially paid for by a grant from the Bonnaroo Works Fund, the charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
  • “Boutique eco-camp,” Pomelo Grove is now offering a unique glamping experience with high-end camper rentals at Bloomsbury Farm for Summer 2020. “I am hopeful that people restless from quarantine will feel comfortable escaping to this kind of experience,” Pomelo Grove Proprietor Erin Wolff says. For more info, visit pomelogrove.co.
  • Plans for two residential buildings at 204 Woodruff St. In Madison, aimed at creative types and working people were recently announced by Olympus Development LLC. The buildings will feature colorful murals and include 20 two-bedroom units in one building and another 14 one-bedroom residences in the second.