Illustration: Matt Hudson

East Side Buzz, Friday, May 29

Masks, Museums, and East Side Pride!

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A new issue of The East Nashvillian is now in the works! Just like our city, we’re still standing proud — ready to bring you the best of music, art, culture, and personalities that make our city the great community it is, even in a time of social distancing. To place your ad in our new issue, contact our sales team today at sales@theeasnashvillian.com.

Masked for Your Safety!
When Nashville entered Phase I of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville on May 11, many people assumed it meant a loosening of all the restrictions put in place by the Mayor’s previous Safer at Home order. That was not necessarily the case. When it came to businesses,  the wearing of face masks by employees moved from being a recommendation to a requirement, as Dr. Michael Caldwell, Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Metro Health Department explains.

“When the Mayor went from the Safer at Home Order to Phase 1, we realized we had an obligation toward people who were trying to protect others by wearing a face mask to be greeted by employees that were showing them the same respect, Dr. Caldwell says. “That’s why we made it a requirement.”

The amendment to Public Health Order 4 adopted on May 8, 2020 specifically states that businesses, facilitates, and critical infrastructure sectors “shall require that employees wear a cloth face covering or mask when physically interacting with the public or other employees.” The order also authorized the Metro Health Department to ensure compliance with the order through “all available enforcement options.”

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“We want to make sure that everyone understands the rules,” Dr. Caldwell says. “We want to work with businesses. [When a business is in violation of the order] we will send them a copy of the order and signage, and we’ll get confirmation that they fully understand the order. On a case-by-case basis, we may visit a business and document the process. We fined four facilities under the Safer at Home order, and we are prepared to do that again depending on the situation, but we want to give businesses ample opportunity to comply.”

While the requirement for facial coverings only applies to employees, customers and other business patrons must do their part too in order to slow the rate of new infections.

“For those of us that have not gotten into the habit of wearing a face mask I ask that people reconsider,” Dr. Caldwell says. “If employees are wearing face masks they are doing that to protect you, and you can show them respect by wearing a face mask. If you really are grateful to the front line and essential workers, then the way to show your thanks is to wear your own facial covering.”

Businesses in violation of the Facial Covering Order may be reported by calling 311 or online at hub.nashville.gov. The complete texts of Metro Public Health Orders are available at asafenashville.org.

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Pride@Home
Following the postponement of the 2020 Nashville Pride Festival and Parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nashville Pride Board of Directors refocused on virtual and digital experiences to celebrate Nashville’s LGBTQIA+ community and heritage. A full slate of online activities under the PRIDE@HOME banner were announced this week for the month of June.

The events include Sing Me A Song, a multi-song performance by local and regional singer/songwriters on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; Absolut-ely Fabulous Cocktails, a new IGTV series on Thursdays at 5 p.m., featuring local bartenders from the LGBTQIA+ community demonstrating how to make simple, yet stunning cocktails; and an hour-long variety show, Nashville Pride Live, focused on local talent on Fridays at 9 p.m.

Beginning the first week of June, Nashville Pride will also launch an online vendor marketplace featuring works and products from a number of local LGBTQIA+ artisans, businesses, and retailers. Individuals can also support Nashville Pride through its Rainbow Store.

For more information, the entire list of activities, and Nashville Pride’s Rainbow Store, visit nashvillepride.org or download the Pride app from the Android or Apple app stores by searching for “Nashville Pride.”

Grab a Louisiana Lunch at Lagniappe Po’boys
The Louisiana-spiced eatery Lagniappe Po’boys opened for take-out on Wednesday at the kitchen counter of Pelican & Pig (1010 Gallatin Ave.).  Food industry veteran Hunter Briley partnered with Pelican & Pig owners Nick and Audra Guidry to bring the taste of New Orleans to the East Side. The menu includes a variety of seafood-filled po’boys along with beef debris, smoked sausage, and other tasty variations.  Lagniappe Po’boys also offers other Louisiana favorites including muffulettas, gumbo, pralines, and to-go hurricanes.

Lagniappe is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Place orders for curbside pick-up or in-person take-out by calling 615-730-8032. For more info and updates follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Museums Cautiously Reopen Their Doors
As Metro continues its phased reopening for business, the city’s museums are following different courses. The Parthenon, as a part of the Metro Parks system, reopened to visitors on Tuesday, May 26 as part of Phase 2 of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville. All staff and visitors must wear face coverings, a one-way path has been marked through the museum to ensure social distancing, and touch screens in the Gallery and Gallery Lobby will not be available. For more info, visit The Parthenon’s page at nashville.gov.

The Frist Art Museum will begin a phased reopening on June 22 with an initial members-only period. With the continued improvement of Davidson County COVID-19 metrics, the exhibition galleries are expected to reopen to the general public on July 1 with required advance timed ticketing. All current exhibitions that had opened before the Frist closed on March 15 will be extended. Details on the museum’s reopening plan are available at fristartmuseum.org.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced this week that the museum and its ancillary properties — Hatch Show Print, Historic RCA Studio B, the CMA Theater, and the Taylor Swift Education Center — will remain closed through Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The museum continues to offer a variety of virtual through their website at countrymusichalloffame.org.

Businesses of the Week: East Side Vintage Shops Need Your Help!
Even as Nashville begins a phased reopening of businesses, many locally owned and operated small retailers are facing enormous challenges as they attempt to reopen safely. A coalition of East Side vintage stores that all shared the double devastation of a tornado and global pandemic have come together to ask for help from their customers and community.

The Support Your Scene GoFundMe campaign is seeking to raise $35,000 to assist Anaconda Vintage, Goodbuy Girls, Hip Zipper, Nashville Dry Goods, Pink Star Vintage, Relik Vintage, and Star Struck Vintage.  For more information and to donate, visit the fundraiser at gofundme.com/east-nashville-vintage-store-fund.

Quick Bits 

  • Local favorite, The Treehouse, reopened last week with several changes in place, including a dining area on the front porch and a streamlined carry-out service. The restaurant will also now be offering lunch Monday-Friday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
  • East Nashville-based real estate investor and developer Dan Heller recently sold a two parcel property at 3915B and 3917 Gallatin Pike to Fire Wall LLC. Jose Merchan, owner of East Side Mexican restaurant El Fuego, is a managing member of the Fire Wall LLC, leading to speculation that El Fuego may be expanding to the new location.
  • San Antonio-based apartment development company Embrey Partners Ltd. is planning a development at 2820 Dickerson Pike that would include 350 apartments, Nashville Business Journal A projected completion date has not been announced yet.
  • Need some Todd Snider live music in your life? Be sure to check out our story on the new, weekly webcast, What It Is — Live with Todd Snider and the new streaming service, Todd Snider Live, which will feature thousands of Todd Snider live recordings spanning 26 years. Read all about it right here.