East Side Buzz, November 20

Celebrate Our 10th Anniversary With Us!
It’s our 10th anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a very special print edition. Slated for a late-November/early-December street date, it’s the perfect way for you to support independent local media while at the same time getting your message in front of our devoted readers just in time for the holidays. We only have a limited number of ad spaces left, so 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. Place your order today!

Have a Happy But Safe Thanksgiving
With new infections and deaths from COVID-19 spiking across the U.S., Thanksgiving is not a time to let your guard down in combating the spread of COVID-19. The wisest course to limit your holiday revelries to people you currently live with, but if you must celebrate with guests, check out the CDC’s  Celebrating Thanksgiving page for a number of guidelines and suggestions to make your holiday celebrations safer. The last thing anyone wants to have a full table for Thanksgiving and empty chairs around the same table for Christmas.


Turnip Truck Delivers a Tasty Thanksgiving
In regards to preparing your meal, one way to reduce your stress and support a local business is to avail yourself of the Turnip Truck’s Thanksgiving menu. With fully cooked turkeys and a number of house-made seasonal sides — plus delivery or curbside pick-up available, you can enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast that’s both tasty and safe. ”Many of our neighbors will be celebrating Thanksgiving differently this year due to the pandemic,” the Turnip Truck said in a statement to The East Nashvillian. “Our team at Turnip Truck hopes folks will still enjoy the best of the holiday table — even if they’re not going to grandma’s.“

Just visit the Turnip Truck’s Thanksgiving 2020 webpage to peruse the menu and place your order.


East Side Eateries Adapting to the New Normal
While the COVID-19 has resulted in some beloved local restaurants closing, others are taking measures to adapt to the “new normal” for the long-term. Just recently, the East Side palace of the Black Bean Salad, Calypso Cafe, announced they were giving up the lease for the East Nashville location at 301 Gallatin Ave. Hopefully, this isn’t the end. Their Berry Hill/100 Oaks location recently reopened, and they’ve announced plans to “identify and relocate to a space in [East Nashville] that better fits our takeout ratio.” For updates. Follow them on Facebook.

Other East Side restaurants are making modifications. Sip Cafe (3939 Gallatin Pike) recently added a new, permanent outdoor dining area in front of the building, and Shotgun Willie’s BBQ (4000B Gallatin Pike) has converted their front parking spaces into a dining corral. Chicago Style Gyros (2804 Gallatin Pike) is undergoing a complete renovation that will most likely remove the last funky vestiges of the building’s former life as a Long John Silver location.

If you know of an East Side Eatery making modifications to improve the health and safety of its customers, drop us a line!


COVID-19 Rapid Testing Now Available
East Nashville Family Medicine
announced this week they’re now offering the Cobas SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza A/B Nucleic Acid Tests. The rapid molecular (PCR) test is FDA authorized for point of care use and is considered to be a more sensitive product than many other commercially available rapid tests. Results are available in 20 minutes.

The test allows medical professionals another option to differentiate between COVID-19 and influenza — an important distinction during the winter months when flu infections are at their highest. ENFM is currently offering this test for patients who are showing symptoms shared by the flu and COVID-19 (cough/fever) but will also consider administering it on a case-by-case basis. Most insurance covers the cost of the test with self-pay pricing available for $180, which includes the rapid test as well as the visit. All testing is done by appointment and in the parking lot.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 615.469.5555. 801 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

The Wild Feathers Go Live(Streamed) With Medium Rarities
Our old pals The Wild Feathers are also celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. They’ve joined with Brooklyn Bowl Nashville and Fans.live to deliver a live stream of their album release show this evening at 8 p.m. Medium Rarities, a collection of ”music, demos, covers we’ve done, b-sides — rare things we’ve never released… until now,” drops today and is available on all major streaming services as well as on vinyl, exclusively through the Magnolia Record Store.


Building A Better “Bulb-Out” for Porter and Greenwood
Civic Design Center is seeking feedback from community members regarding the “bulb-out” on the southwest side of Porter and Greenwood. A bulb-out is a traffic calming measure that widens the sidewalk for a short distance, reducing the crossing distance and allowing pedestrians and drivers to see each other when parked vehicles would otherwise block visibility.

The current, temporary bulb-out incorporates seating and tables, a ground mural, and planters to slow traffic and separate the space from parked vehicles while the results are monitored. Folks who live near and/or patronize businesses in the Porter and Greenwood area are encouraged to take this survey.

An illustration of a bulb-out installed at an intersection. Source: Federal Highway Administration

Walk Bike Nashville Honors Pedestrian Fatalities
On Sunday, November 15, Walk Bike Nashville recognized the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. In a ceremony near the intersection of Gallatin Pike and Ardee Avenue, members of Walk Bike Nashville placed the first of series of memorials to people killed while walking on Nashville streets in 2020.

The memorial, a pair of shoes mounted on a board and a marker with information about 56-year-old Kenneth Urbach who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on January 3, 2020, is one of 34 similar memorials to be placed on Nashville streets before the end of this year.

This year has seen a dramatic rise in pedestrian fatalities in Nashville and safety advocates like Walk Bike Nashville have called for reduced speeds on roads, longer crossing times for crosswalks, and more sidewalks.

To find out more, follow Walk Bike Nashville on Facebook.


A Greener Shelby and More Green on the Way
The first installment of the Nashville Tree Conservation Corps’ Shelby Avenue Arboretum was a success as volunteers planted 290 new trees along the street last weekend. Now even more green is on the way for the East Side and you can speed that process along by giving some green for the green.

Now through December 31, Turnip Truck customers have the opportunity to support NTCC’s mission to replace trees downed by tornadoes during checkout. Every tree planted with funds raised through Turnip Truck’s campaign will be marked with a tag bearing the store’s logo.

“Turnip Truck exists to support the well-being of our neighbors,” founder and CEO John Dyke says. “Maintaining Nashville’s tree canopy is imperative to the livability of our community — and the beauty of the city we call home. With East Nashville losing so many majestic trees in this year’s tornadoes, this was a natural partnership for us.”

For more information on the NTCC and their efforts visit nashvilletreeconservationcorps.org.

Quick Bits

  • Banker JP Morgan is planning to open several new locations in Middle Tennessee in the coming years. Possible locations include East Nashville, Donelson, Smyrna, and North Nashville.
  • Local businessman Mehrdad Rabiei recently listed two properties on Dickerson Pike for a collective $5 million. 2408 and 2503 Dickerson Pike are currently home to Michael’s Auto Sales and Hilltop Auto Salvage and are being offered for $2.5 million each.
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