East Side Buzz, October 12

Be Seen in the Pages of The East Nashvillian!
The new issue of The East Nashvillian is now in the works. It’s our 10th anniversary and this special issue will be taking a look back at a decade of the best in music, arts, and culture done the East-Side way! To place your ad in our new issue, contact our sales team today at sales@theeasnashvillian.com.

And speaking of issues, our supply of our most recent is down to just a few copies, so if you see one in the wild you’d better grab it fast. Or you can place an order for any of the deluxe merch we’re now offering through our webstore and get one of the few remaining copies as a bonus.  Place your order today!


COVID-19 Update
All state-required business restrictions were rescinded last week by Gov. Bill Lee and many counties followed suit; some even lifted mask mandates. This, despite the fact that coronavirus transmissions in Tennessee continue to grow. The Tennessee Department of Health reports 63 additional deaths as of Wednesday, which marks the state’s highest single-day increase and surpasses the previous record of 61 set on August 21. October is shaping up to possibly be the deadliest month of the pandemic to date. The 251 deaths reported thus far surpasses the total deaths reported in March (23), April (176), May (165), and June (240).

Meanwhile, Nashville’s mask mandate remains in place even as restaurants and bars are allowed to increase capacity under Phase Three of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville. As of Thursday, Metro’s transmission rate was 0.94, maintaining just under the 1.0 threshold. A total of 850 new cases were reported in Metro last week. To date, there have been a total of 29,915 cases of COVID-19 reported in Davidson County, with 283 total deaths. More information and updates on Metro’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available at asafenashville.org.

Metro Community Centers Offering Expanded Hours and Programs
Several neighborhood community centers operated by Several Metro Parks community centers are now open with modified hours, including Saturdays, and are offering several new programs.

  • The Antioch, Looby, McFerrin, Napier, Parkwood, Rose Park, and Watkins centers are now offering “Learning Labs” — a comprehensive support program for public school children for children aged 6 through 14 on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Metro Park’s free weekday lunch program for children called “grab and go” is now available on Saturdays at the East, Kirkpatrick, Napier, McFerrin, Shelby, and South Inglewood,
  • Adult fitness classes are now available for free at the Morgan, Shelby, and South Inglewood centers.

Regional community centers are open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon. Neighborhood community centers are open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the Metro Parks Community Centers and Recreation page at nashville.gov.


Annual AIDS Walk Goes Virtual
Like so many recent events, the annual Nashville CARES AIDS Walk is going virtual. This year’s goal is to raise $150,000 for critical programs in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

From October 17 through November 21 walkers will be raising funds for the cause at their own pace and schedule, ensuring the safety and health of all who are involved.  You can register now and then be sure to not miss the kickoff livestream event on October 17 at 10 a.m.

For more information, to register as a fundraiser, or to sponsor a fundraiser, just visit the Nashville CARES 35th Anniversary Aids Walk website.

Aaron Lee Tasjan is “Alive And Well”
Singer, songwriter, and East Side bon vivant (not to mention a two-time cover star of The East Nashvillian) Aaron Lee Tasjan announced his “Alive And Well From East Nashville” virtual tour this week. The online event will feature three performances with a different musical motif each night and comes with a “No Songs Repeated” guarantee.

The tour will run through three Tuesdays in October: October 13, an acoustic solo performance from The Purple Building; October 20, Aaron Lee Tasjan Trio from Magnetic Sound Studio; and October 27, Aaron Lee Tasjan full band show from Siren Song Studio. All performances will start at 7 p.m. CDT.

Performances will be broadcast via Noon Chorus. For more information and tickets, visit noonchorus.com/aaron-lee-tasjan.


Don’t Forget to Vote Early or Absentee!
A reminder that early voting for the November 3 General Election begins on Wednesday, October 14, and runs through October 29. Two additional Early Voting locations have been added for this election — The East Nashville YMCA and Friendship Baptist Church in North Nashville. A complete list of early voting locations and hours is available from the Election Commission’s website. And if you requested and have received an absentee ballot be sure to mail that ballot today to make sure your vote counts.

For more information, visit the Davidson County Election Commission.


Quick Bits

  • Exciting news for the Eastland Avenue eats scene, Stefanie Kisselburg and Chef Alex Griffin have announced they are closing Alexander’s Catering & Cafe 15 at Nashville City Center to focus their attention on a new venture. Eastwood Deli Co. will be opening this fall at 1896 Eastland Ave. in the former home of The Wild Cow. For updates and look at the ongoing renovations of the space, follow Eastwood Deli Co. On Facebook.
  • Nicky’s Coal Fired Bagels recent pop-up shop at Otaku Ramen East was popular enough that they’re making the partnership a permanent weekend feature. Starting October 10 hot bagels from Nicky’s will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon (or until they sell out). Visit Nicky’s website to place your order in advance.
  • A new sandwich shop, Bill’s Sandwich Palace, is scheduled to open later this month and will share space with TKO at 4204 Gallatin Pike. The new eatery is a partnership of TKO owner Ryan Bernhardt, TKO chef Aaron Clemins, and Aaron’s Goods pasta maker Aaron Distler. Bill’s will be open for lunch only Friday through Sunday with delivery available through Postmates and with online ordering for pickup. For a sneak peek of Bill’s wares, check out their pop-up shop at 2905 12th Ave. S., this Saturday, Oct. 10, from noon to 8 p.m. For updates, follow @billssandwichpalace on Instagram.
  • Located at 626A Main St., formerly home of The Family Wash, Hawkers Asian Street Food will open its doors Monday, October 12. The menu will offer an array of dishes inspired by traditional Asian street food vendors, including vegetarian-friendly dishes, gluten-free options, and a variety of pescatarian offerings. For more info, visit eathawkers.com.
  • Now that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has re-opened to visitors it’s a good time to show your support. For a limited time, the museum is offering extended memberships good through December 31, 2021, for Tennessee residents who purchase a regularly priced individual or family membership. Visit the Hall of Fame website for more info.
  • East Side fav The Donut Distillery announced this week they will be opening a second location in the Assembly Food Hall in the downtown Fifth + Broadway development, scheduled to open in spring 2021. The Donut Distillery joins Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Prince’s Hot Chicken, and The Pharmacy as an East Side-based eateries that will be setting up new locations at Fifth + Broadway.
  • The Five Points building at 1003 Russell St. that is home to BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse recently sold $4.1 million. The property was severely damaged by the March 3 and is currently undergoing renovation and expansion.
  • The building that is currently home to the Five Points Fellowship Church at 210 S. 10th St. recently sold for 2.4 million. Built in 1964, the building was purchased by an investment group affiliated with Brentwood-based Rice Property Management. No plans have been announced for the property at the present time.
  • East Nashville-based real estate investor Tyler Cauble and pro hockey player Victor Bartley of Sixty Four Investments have purchased the former grocery store at 3210 Gallatin Pike for $445,000. The building will undergo a renovation to accommodate its new tenant, the catering business In Good Company.
  • Core Development recently secured a $19.3 million construction loan for High View Cottages and Flats, a 163-unit community to be built on an 11-acre parcel at the intersection of East Trinity Lane and Edwin Street in East Nashville. The project will include 88 for-sale condos in two buildings and 75 individual cottages along with a conference room, gym, pool, outdoor grilling station, and pet park.
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