Eastside Buzz, April 15
By Randy Fox
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The storms are past us (for this week), and beautiful Spring weather is upon us – an excellent day to get the Buzz!
East Survey Results Announced
The results of Stand Up Nashville’s recent informal survey of East Nashvillians on plans for the East Bank development were announced this week. The survey was held at a February community event, and more than 300 individual responses to a vision board for East Nashville were collected, along with more than 100 in-depth surveys. In general, participants expressed a desire for more opportunities for local business owners, more affordable housing, quality jobs, and greater community engagement. At least 89% of residents surveyed said they don’t support using public dollars to fund a new, proposed Titans stadium, and 84% of residents surveyed said that affordable housing should be a priority in developing any public land.
Stand Up Nashville organizers said they plan to share the survey results with Metro officials. For more details and a downloadable copy of the complete report, visit Stand Up Nashville’s website.
Matters of Development
If you haven’t already noticed, Sweet 16th Bakery recently reopened after being closed for several weeks to honor the memory of co-founder and co-owner Dan Einstein, who passed away on Jan. 16, 2022, at age 61. For updates on Sweet 16th, follow their Instagram @sweet16thbakery, and for the story of this beloved local business, see our 2020 East Nashvillian of the Year story on Dan and Ellen Einstein.
Breakfast sandwich pop-up, Beginner’s Luck, recently announced plans to open a brick-and-mortar location at 1012 Main St. The brainchild of chef Chris Calder and former musician Chase Huglin Beginner’s Luck was launched in early 2021 with their first event at Lucky’s 3 Star in Wedgewood-Houston followed by a residency at Zeppelin Rooftop Bar & Lounge. In addition to crafting tasty breakfast sandwiches on Japanese milk buns, Beginners Luck has lived up to its name by giving a free scratch-off lottery ticket with every sandwich. An opening date has not been announced yet. For updates, follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
Tyler Cauble’s micro-restaurant complex known as “The Wash” will hold its grand opening Saturday, April 30, with live music performances, pop-up vendors, and gift card giveaways. Housed in a former DIY car wash complex, The Wash will feature five restaurant stalls, including Two Peruvian Chefs, Soy Cubano, The Poki, Tootsie Lou’sm, East Side Pho, and Bar 6, a craft cocktail bar. The grand opening events will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info and updates, follow The Wash on Instagram @eatwash.
Dallas-based Stillwater Capital recently paid $21.5 million for approximately four acres of East Bank property near Topgolf. According to a Nashville Business Journal story, a 361 apartment unit is planned for the site.
Updated plans for the redevelopment of Berkshire Place Apartments at the corner of Porter Road and Cahal Avenue were recently submitted to the Metro Planning Department. The plans call for a mix of building types on the approximately 20-acre site, including townhomes, apartment flats, institutional uses, mixed-use buildings, and low-rise commercial.
Kimley-Horn made the request on behalf of Berkshire Place Apartments, LP, and PAR Investments, LLC. A review of the plans by the Metro Planning Commission is scheduled for their May 26, 2022, meeting. More information is available through the Metro Planning Department’s website.
Tae Kwon Do for Everyone!
Tae Kwon Do Anywhere, a new nonprofit organization based in East Nashville, is now offering classes in martial arts. A one-month membership costs $60 for indoor classes at Construct Nashville, 2121 Gains St., but financial aid to defray the tuition is available. For more info or to apply for assistance, visit tkdanywhere.com.
Celebrate 50 Years of Exit/In with the Hall
In honor of the Exit/In’s recent 50th anniversary, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be holding a retrospective look at this historic Nashville music venue, featuring interviews and performances from Dianne Davidson, Jason Ringenberg, and Webb Wilder. The event will stream live on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. on the Museum’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website. For more info and links, visit the event page on the Hall’s website.
Juneteenth in Nashville
On April 14, Mayor John Cooper signed an executive order officially recognizing Juneteenth as a paid Metro holiday. Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. Originating in Texas and considered the longest-running African American holiday, this important date has become a day for celebrating African-American culture and has grown in popularity across the U.S. in recent years. It was designated a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, and will occur this year on June 19, 2022.
Keith Carradine’s “I’m Easy”
Exit/In and the Belcourt are doing a one-night-only screening of Robert Altman’s cult masterpiece Nashville (1975) on Monday, April 18. To celebrate, we’re devoting this week’s edition of Love Buzz to a clip from the film featuring Carradine performing “I’m Easy” on stage at the Exit/In.
A special pre-recorded introduction will feature Nashville screenwriter Joan Tewkesberry. Her diary from a visit to Nashville in the Fall of 1073 (at Altman’s behest) became the basis for the screenplay.
Director Robert Altman and screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury on the Nashville set in front of the Parthenon, the location of the film’s climax.