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New businesses on the way, spring time festivities, and a celebration of life are all in before you this week. So be a reading bee, and then a do bee, with this week’s Buzz!
Time to Vote for Best of East!
Voting is now open for the 2022 Best of East awards! Got a fav eatery, watering hole, retail shop, or professional that is located in zip codes 37206, 37207, 37213, or 37216? Voice your opinion by voting them Best of the East. Just go to The East Nashvillian ballot page, and make your opinion count. And don’t dally, because the deadline for voting is May 5. Time’s a-wastin’, vote today!
Celebrate the Life of Dan Einstein — A True East Nashvillian
A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, May 1 for late local businessman, baker, neighborhood activist, and all-around “mensch” Dan Einstein. The co-founder and co-owner of local favorite, Sweet 16th Bakery, Einstein passed away on January 16, 2022, at age 61. Ordway Place between 16th and 17th Streets will be closed from noon to 3 p.m. with food, live music, a kid zone, and all-around fun for everyone that wants to celebrate the life of a man who embodied the best of what it means to be an East Nashvillian. And for a look back at Einstein’s life and achievements, see our 2020 East Nashvillian of the Year story on Dan and Ellen Einstein.
No Cake Needed, They Already Have Them!
And Speaking of Sweet 16th Bakery, go ahead and mark your calendar for Friday, May 27, when East Nashville’s home of yummy baked goods will be celebrating its 18th birthday. The Hebrew word for "life" is חי (chai), which has a numerical value of 18. Consequently, the custom has arisen in Jewish circles to give donations and monetary gifts in multiples of 18 as an expression of a blessing for long life. While we don’t know the details of how Sweet 16th will be celebrating this special day, we are sure it will be something good, so save the date!
Five Points Diner Coming to Five Points
Speculation and rumors have run rampant for over two years about what would business would be taking over the prime Five Points real estate of 1016 Woodland St. after popular bar and restaurant Tenn Sixteen closed suddenly in November 2019. An announcement finally came this week that a new restaurant called 5 Points Diner and Bar is on the way.
Native Nashvillians Rick Ryan and Steven Murff will be running the new restaurant which draws inspiration from a favorite of the team, the Duplex Diner in Washington, D.C., according to a story published in Nashville Scene. The 150-seat restaurant will feature a large bar serving several exclusive cocktails, 14 beers on tap with 12 local brews, and a menu that will include burgers, chicken, meatloaf, shrimp, grits, salads, steak, and pasta dishes. Fridays through Sunday a brunch menu with several classic diner items will be available, with Fridays’ offerings labeled as “Frunch.”
Five Points Diner and Bar is expected to open in May and will be serving up victuals and liquor seven days a week for dinner with brunch (and frunch) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays For updates, visit 5pointsdiner.com.
Matters of Development
Council Member for District 7 Emily Benedict recently published an update on the planned Porter Hill Development at 1500 Porter Road, the current site of Berkshire Place Apartments. According to Benedict, Berkshire’s owner is planning to build a new development in Madison and will give all current Berkshire residents the first right of refusal to relocate.
The plans for the new Porter Hill development call for up to 750 residential apartments (for rent, not for sale), as well as room for two restaurant concepts and a small grocer. The project-specific plan (SP) has been submitted to the Planning Department for review in advance of a public hearing at the Metro Planning Commission.
Benedict has scheduled a WebEx meeting for Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m. to discuss the plan and receive feedback from community members. The link to join the meeting via Cisco WebEx is here, with the plans for the project available at this link.
The plans for a long-delayed development project at the corner of Riverside Drive and McGavock Pike (the former home of Fond Object, among others) have been changed to a single-story retail building with an expected completion date of December 2022.
The portion of Due West Avenue in Madison will be getting a name change soon. Following a proposal to change the name to “East Due West Avenue” by the Department of Emergency Communications, several community members petitioned to change the name to Montague Way. While an exact date for the change has not been announced yet, the paperwork for the change has been filed.
The Right-of-Way (ROW) acquisition to complete the sidewalks on Stratford Drive from Gallatin Pike to Preston Drive was recently completed. The project now moves into the design phase.
Pool Party with DiveFest!
The Dive Motel’s first locals’ festival, Dive Fest, is set to make a splash this weekend, on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. The two-day event will feature all local hip-hop, pop, country, and rock ‘n’ roll acts performing for pool guests throughout the daylight hours, with a dozen local and nationally-recognized comics performing stand-up in the bar. The entertainment for both days will be capped off by a poolside fire show, performed at sunset by Nashville performance troupe The Mystery Flavours, with poolside DJ sets from RUVS (Saturday) and Amy Darling (Sunday) closing out each night. Dive Fest will also feature local artists, vintage sellers, and a tarot reader.
Dive Fest runs from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. both days. Tickets are $25 and this is a 21 and up event. For more information, including a full schedule of the line-up, or to purchase tickets, go here.
The New Madisonian Is Here!
The new issue of our sister magazine, The Madisonian is now on the streets! The Spring issue includes a cover feature on “Honky Tonk Professor” Joshua Hedley, a scoop on plans for the “coming soon” public park on Madison Station Boulevard, a look back at the glory days of Madison Square, and more! Grab your issue now while they’re still available at many of the same locations that carry The East Nashvillian!
Be Seen in Print with the East Nashvillian!
And a reminder that we’re now taking ads for the next issue of The East Nashvillian. Don’t miss your chance to have your business or organization shine in our pages! To place your ad in our new issue, contact our sales team today at email@example.com.
I've always been a sucker for catchy pop tunes with hooky guitar riffs. So it's no wonder that I was sold on “Can You Feel the Weight” by the time the chorus came around. The first offering from Rock Eupora's forthcoming album, Pick At The Scab — out Aug. 19 on the Southern independent label Single Lock Records — describes bandleader/songwriter Clayton Waller's path to embracing vulnerability through emotional connections.
Inspiration for the track came in the form of his newly found Nashville community of friends and musical collaborators, whose non-judgemental acceptance is reflected lyrically in the chorus:
Can you feel the weight
Lifted off your shoulders
As the ones who love you take away the shame?
“Can You Feel The Weight” is about needing others to show us how to love ourselves, and the freedom that comes through surrender.