Illustration: Matt Hudson

East Side Buzz, June 5

Phase Two Continues, Restaurant Farewells & More Reopenings

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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.

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

“Today’s COVID-19 case count is relatively lower than the past few days, but our 14-day case average is showing a slight upward trend,” Mayor Cooper said. “Given the recent uptick in case numbers, we need more data to continue making well-informed public health decisions. We will continue Phase Two of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville while examining our public health benchmarks every day, with a goal of starting Phase Three as soon as it’s safely possible.”

According to Metro Public Health Department officials, a total number of 5,831 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County have been reported as of June 4, 2020 —  an increase of 81 in 24 hours, and an additional death was reported in Davidson County, a 53-year-old woman with underlying health conditions. To date, a total of 66 people have died of COVID-19 complications and 4,448 individuals have recovered from the virus in Davidson County.

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

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Marché Bids Adieu, Green Pheasant Flies
The one-two punch of the March 3 tornado and the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more beloved restaurants.  Marché Artisan Foods, the popular European-style café that also served as a landmark for the transition from Main Street to Gallatin Avenue, announced this week that they would not be re-opening.

The announcement was made in a June 2 Facebook post, “After 13 years we are sad to let you know that Marché will not be reopening its doors. We want very much to thank you for your support over the years. … Marché’s concept does not translate easily to a to-go platform. Without 100 percent occupancy we would lose revenue. The lease comes to term at the end of the year and we are uncomfortable making a further commitment in these uncertain times.”

The post also noted that the Marché staff and several of their popular menu items, including peach ricotta tartines, French toast, and cafe au lait would be moving to the nearby restaurant Margot, which is also owned by Chef Margot McCormack.

Also departing is the popular and recent addition, Green Pheasant. The sister restaurant of Chef Jessica Benefield’s Two Ten Jack, Green Pheasant opened on First Avenue downtown last year, delivering a fascinating menu of Japanese-inspired food that captured them the Nashville Scene’s “Best New Restaurant” award for 2019.

Unfortunately, the closure of most downtown attractions combined with the drop in tourism and the cancellation of shows at Ascend Amphitheater in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic was a triple-whammy Green Pheasant could not recover from. Several of the menu items will still be available at Two Ten Jack’s Nashville locations.

Catch the New Bus Schedules
WeGo Public Transit announced a new, enhanced service plan this week in response to the gradual reopening of Nashville’s economy. The changes were crafted in partnership with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1235 leadership to balance the ongoing transportation needs of customers and the continued health and safety of bus operators, according to a WeGo Public Transit press release.

The new plan features additional frequency on the following routes to allow for proper social and physical distancing:

8 — Eighth Avenue South

23 — Dickerson Pike

76 —  Madison

18  — Airport

50 — Charlotte Pike

The plan also offers enhanced frequency and additional trips every 10-15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., on the following routes:

22 — Bordeaux – additional trips to and from Central and Clarksville & 25th

52 — Nolensville Pike – additional trips to and from Central and Walmart

55 — Murfreesboro Pike – additional trips to and from Central and Thompson Lane; buses for these additional trips will depart from Bay 17

56 — Gallatin Pike – additional trips to and from Central and Madison Library; buses for these additional trips will depart from Bay 14

All remaining bus routes not mentioned above will continue to operate on the schedule put into effect on March 30. More information and updates are available at WeGoTransit.com.

Nashville Public Library Begins Phased Reopening
Eight branches of the Nashville Public Library will reopen on June 8 for curbside pick-up and drop-off.  All 21 branches of the Metro Nashville library system have been closed since March 16 to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Over the last three months, NPL has reported a 60 percent increase in digital content access.

The Main Branch of the Nashville Public Library along with Bellevue, Bordeaux, Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, Hermitage, Madison, and Southeast branches will begin offering curbside service for checkouts of physical material. Patrons should utilize the library’s online catalog to place a hold on the items they wish to check out and choose a pickup location. A notification will be sent with time for pickup and items will be available for 15 days. Returned items will be placed in quarantine for five days before they’re placed back into circulation.

For more information and to access the library’s online catalog, visit library.nashville.org.

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YEAH! Ready To Rock!
With the cancellation of many summer activities, it’s good news to hear that Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities (YEAH!) is still ready to rock the lives of young, aspiring musicians.

YEAH! will present FreqOut [frēkout], an online music-based camp for people ages 10-17, and a companion program, Ready to Rock Camp, for ages 5-10, on July 6-10, 2020. The virtual programs, open to musicians of all skill levels, will focus on instrument instruction and life skill development in a supportive, collaborative environment.

“More than ever, this is a time to focus on building community between youth,” Executive Director of YEAH! Sarah Bandy said in a press release. “We are eager to see familiar faces and welcome new ones in July, and build upon the innovative work we’ve done for 17 years with Southern Girls and Tennessee Teens Rock Camps.”

Daily activities will include a morning assembly, music lessons, lunchtime performances by guest artists, youth-led breakout discussions on a variety of topics, and workshops on topics like zine-making, merchandising, and effects pedal construction. The camps will occur via the Webex video conferencing platform.

Registration for both FreqOut Virtual Music Camp and Ready to Rock Camp is now open at yeahrocks.org. Scholarships are available for those unable to attend due to financial barriers. Campers without access to an instrument may borrow one for the week-long session using no-contact checkout from YEAH!’s Gear Lending Library.

Quick Bits

  • Colts Chocolate Company opened a new retail store at their factory at 3611 Gallatin Pike this week. The factory has been operating in the new Inglewood location since the fall but plans to build out the new store earlier this year were delayed due to COVID-19. The Colts Factory Store is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday — Friday. For more info and hours visit com.
  • A plan has been submitted for the redevelopment of 307 S. 11th St., currently a parking lot adjacent to the commercial building housing The Wild Cow restaurant. East Nashville-based developer and real estate investor Mark Sanders plans a mixed-use building offering retail space on the main level and four residential spaces on the second floor. MDHA Design Review Committee approval is still required for the project.
  • The reconstruction of East End United Methodist Church has begun. The 130-year-old structure was severely damaged by March 3 tornado. A Nashville-based team of architects is currently assessing the damage and construction is scheduled to begin in 2021.
  • More tornado damage reconstruction is underway with repairs to the Gym 5 building at 925 Main St. and roof repairs to buildings at 940 and 944 Woodland St.