Eastside Buzz, April 8

Eastside Buzz

Fri 8 April 2022 2:00 CST

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Lotsa news, events, and updates in this week’s Buzz, so get to buzzin’!

Don’t Cry for Me, Wolfie — The Crying Wolf Announces Closing

The Crying Wolf, announced last week that they are not renewing its 10-year lease and will close its doors at the end of April. The popular local bar and live music venue opened in August 2013 after almost a year of renovations to the building and survived an almost direct hit from the March 3, 2020 tornado.

The post said, “It’s been ten incredible, wild, beautiful years here at 823 Woodland Street. We are so grateful for the East Nashville (and, honestly, worldwide) support of this place. We’ve seen hundreds of bands come through, watched people meet and fall in love, grow families and friend groups, move away, and come back again. We’ve seen buildings go up, businesses around us flourish, and we somehow survived a tornado and the pandemic! Our staff has been behind the bar and in the kitchen to serve you all with so much love, and it’s been an unforgettable ride.”

Crying Wolf ends it's near-10-year run at the end of April. Photo by Chuck Allen
Crying Wolf ends it's near-10-year run at the end of April. Photo by Chuck Allen

No indication was given if this is a permanent closing or if the bar might reopen in a new location. Still, the post did promise special events, drink specials, live music, and limited edition merch drops throughout their remaining weeks. For updates, follow The Crying Wolf on Facebook @tcwNashville or Instagram @thecryingwolfbar.

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Mel’s Overlord Bar Opens on Gallatin

After months of delay, Melvil Arnt’s latest addition to his growing Parisian-Tennessean hospitality empire, Mel’s Overlord Bar at 2503 Gallatin Ave., recently celebrated its grand opening. The 1940s Continental-themed space was designed as a tribute to the classic Gallic bars that greeted American G.I.’s as they liberated France after the success of Operation Overlord (aka the Invasion of Normandy) during World War II.

The jaw-dropping ornate transformation of the interior of the nondescript cement block building that houses Overlord was completed last Spring, and Arnt’s original goal was to open the bar on June 6, 2021, the 77th anniversary of Operation Overlord. However, pandemic-related supply chain problems and other delays led to several months of postponements.

Mel’s Overlord Bar is now open seven days a week, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information and updates, follow Overlord on Instagram @overlord_nashville.

Photo courtesy of Mel's Overlord Bar
Photo courtesy of Mel's Overlord Bar

Matters of Development

The East Nashville-based Elegy Coffee at 2909A Gallatin Pike recently announced plans to open a second location in the Germantown neighborhood. Elegy’s cross-the-river site will be in The Griff building at 1390 Adams St., near The Optimist. Late summer or early fall is projected for the opening date. For updates, follow them on Instagram @elegycoffee.

Brian Lea and Leina Horii have been wowing taste buds with their casual take on Japanese barbecue since last July with a pop-up restaurant at the Patterson House in Mid-Town and other locations. The married business partners are now preparing to bring their business and cooking to East Nashville with a planned permanent restaurant in Highland Yards. The 25 seat takeout location of Kisser will be at 747 Douglas Ave. With an estimated opening date of this Spring. Follow them on Instagram @kisser_nashville for updates.

The Birmingham, Alabama-based Good People Brewing Company has announced plans to open a craft beer bar in the historic McGavock-Gatewood-Webb House at 908 Meridian St. in Cleveland Park. An opening date is planned for late 2023. For more on Good People Brewing Company, visit their website at goodpeoplebrewing.com.

Nashville-based developer Legacy South recently announced plans for a new mixed-use development on 3.54 acres at 218 Maplewood Trace between Dickerson Pike and Ellington Parkway. The new development will include 43 townhomes and five single-family homes, ranging from 1,600 to 2,170 square feet, with two-car garages and a starting price of $400,000. Construction is expected to commence in July of this year with a fall 2023 completion date.

To include residential and commercial space, the project will sit on properties located at 907 W. Eastland Ave. and 930 McFerrin Ave. Core paid $1 million for the two East Nashville parcels in August 2021, with the seller, an LLC affiliated with residential home builder Paragon Group. For context, the LLC paid $76,000 for the 0.34-acre Eastland parcel in mid-2013 and $76,944 for the 2.08-acre parcel in late-2011, according to Metro records.

The Eastland apartment complex at 1035 W. Eastland Ave. was recently sold to a Washington, D.C.-area company for approximately $14.87 million.

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Suds on the Horizon

East Nashville’s annual celebration of craft beer will arrive this weekend with the East Nashville Beer Fest in East Park on Saturday, April 9. This year’s event will feature several Black-owned guest breweries, spotlighting a woefully underrepresented portion of the craft brew industry. This year’s roster includes Weathered Souls Brewing Co. out of San Antonio, Texas; Knoxville’s Ebony & Ivory Brewing; and Beale St. Brewing from Memphis.

For more info, a complete list of participating breweries, and to purchase tickets, visit eastnashvillebeerfest.com.

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Just a note from Boston Commons owner Matt Charette: “We are looking for talented culinary staff. The pay is $16 to $20 an hour or more, depending on ability and role responsibilities, and it’s a great team to work with. We value serving our community, and your approach matters to staff and guests. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 p.m. on weekends, so there are no late nights. Free parking is available. We treat you like an adult and a human being and expect the same from you. Apply in person Wednesday—Sunday, 2-4 p.m., or after if we are not too busy.” For more info, visit Boston Commons online at bostoncommonsnashville.com.

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