East Side Buzz, Friday, June 19

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 Moves to Phase Three on Monday as Businesses are Cited for Violations
On Thursday, June 18, Mayor John Cooper announced that Metro Nashville will move to Phase Three of the Roadmap to Reopening Nashville on Monday, June 22. The movement to Phase Three allows for bars and small music venues to open at 50 percent capacity and for Metro Schools and Educational Facilities to open with restrictions determined by County COVID-19 metrics. The announcement came as a surprise considering that Metro Public Health Department officials also announced a total number of 7,539 confirmed cases of Nashville/Davidson County as of Thursday — an increase of 912 cases in the last week.

It was also announced this week that 45 residents and eight staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Creekside Center for Rehabilitation and Healing in Madison — an increase from only two known cases at the facility one week ago.

Fourteen Nashville restaurants have received citations from the Metro Public Health Department for non-compliance with coronavirus-related public health orders. The Metro Beer Board has also voted to issue five-day suspensions of beer licenses for four downtown businesses cited for violations — Moxy Nashville Downtown, Broadway Brewhouse, Kid Rock‘s Honky Tonk, and Nudie’s Honky Tonk. The suspensions are not effective immediately as the permit holders have two weeks to request a hearing once the citations have been properly served.

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


Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Nashville Symphony Furloughs Musicians
The Nashville Symphony Association announced the postponement of its entire 2020-2021 season this week, along with furloughing all members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO) effective July 1. Although the NSA received a loan from the Payroll Protection Program allowing them to maintain the musicians on the payroll for the last few months, those funds will run out at the end of June. At the present time, there is no projected return-to-work date for the musicians.

Throughout the pandemic, the Symphony has maintained a digital presence through collaborative and educational videos including “Musicians at Home” performances assembled from home videos by NSO musicians. While NSO musicians may be temporarily out of work, they plan to sustain their connection with the community through social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Follow this link to donate.


First Strikes: Brooklyn Bowl Nashville Opens
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville (925 Third Ave. N.) is opening their bowling lanes for the first time Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m.  The combination bowling alley/restaurant/live music venue was primed to open in March when the COVID-19 pandemic brought a shutdown. The restaurant portion of the complex opened on June 1 with limited seating and social distance requirements in place.

The venue will operate 10 of its 19 bowling lanes with a maximum of six guests per lane, to abide by social distancing recommendations. Several other precautions will be in place to protect patrons. For more information, to place reservations, and for a schedule of upcoming “crowdless livestreams” of live music, visit brooklynbowl.com/nashville.


Quick Bits

  • Husband and wife team Grace Nguyen and Chad Newton recently announced plans to open a casual Vietnamese-style eatery on Gallatin Pike. East Side Banh Mi will serve banh mi sandwiches, bowls, and more. As a preview, they will be hosting pop-ups at Jackalope Brewing Co.’s taproom at 429B Houston St. on June 20 and 27, and July 11 and 18. Their permanent East Side location is expected to open in August.
  • Local developer and real estate investor Brandon Williams has announced plans for a new
  • mixed-use project at 722 Mcferrin Ave., adjacent to the Mini Market, Slow Burn Hot Chicken, and East Nashville Beard and Barber. The plans call for six residential units and approximately 1,500 square feet of retail space. The property is currently zoned for mixed-use but the plans require approval from the Metro Historic Zoning Commission.
  • Plans for the mixed-use building planned for 307 S. 11th St., were approved by the MDHA Design Review Committee at their June 16 meeting.
  • The green-roofed, modernist faux-stone two-story building 400 Gallatin Ave. which is home to Joy’s Flowers has been listed for sale with an asking price of $1.4 million. The current owner paid $572,500 for the property in June 2018.
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