East Side Buzz, November 6

Celebrate Our 10th Anniversary With Us!
It’s our 10th anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a very special print edition. Slated for a mid-November street date, this will be a 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!

Please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team for more information: 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!

Aubrey: Now Serving Meals and the Community
The first meals from Sean Brock’s new East Side restaurant are being served but not in a way you might expect. Brock’s Audrey restaurant at 809 Meridian St. is now providing an estimated 2,000 meals per week to Nashvillians in need.

As the Nashville hub of Rethink Certified. a project of the New York-based non-profit Rethink Food, the staff at Aubrey are partnering with such local organizations as Front Porch Ministry, Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership’s The FreeStore, Room in the Inn, The Contributor, N.I.C.E. Nashville, Youth Villages, The Little Pantry That Could, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Michael, and Shower Up. Meals are now being delivered to hungry Nashvillians and are available for free from a tent in Aubrey’s parking lot — no questions asked — on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

To make a donation to the local program, contact Scott Malloy at smalloy@audreynashville.com. For more information on Rethink Certified, visit rethinkfood.org.


Class on Gallatin — Sid Gold’s Request Room Opens
The recently opened Sid Gold’s Request Room is bringing a classic mid-century piano bar vibe to Gallatin Pike. It follows Sid’s locations in New York City and Detroit, and though the chain was founded by boutique bar entrepreneur Paul Devitt (Beauty Bar) and musician Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs), the Nashville location is flavored with a definite Music City twist through the involvement of local partners Kira Small, Glen Pangle, and “Cowboy” Keith Thompson.

“My friend Paul Devitt came up with the concept [for Sid Gold’s] and opened the New York location five years ago and the Detroit location a year and a half ago,” Thompson says. ”Paul and I were in cahoots 30 years ago in a diner and music club called Silk City in Philadelphia and always wanted to open a place together.”

Located at 3245 Gallatin Pike, next to Nelson Drum Shop, Sid Gold’s will specialize in karaoke and burlesque with a soundtrack provided by live musicians. Both of those specialties are currently on hold due to Phase 3 coronavirus restrictions, but one can still enjoy their menu of snacks and fine cocktails via a touchless menu while making requests and tipping the musicians through Venmo.

“We’re taking safety really seriously,” Thompson says. “We check everyone’s temperature before they enter, everyone is asked to stay seated and wear masks when they’re not drinking, and the piano is completely surrounded by Plexiglass. I call it the salad bar.”

Thompson also says the current restrictions have led to greater creative license for the musicians and requests from the audience — including sets of Disney songs, Allen Toussaint tunes, ’70s pop hits, and more, all performed in the classic piano bar style.

Sid Gold’s Request Room is open Wednesday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m.,  and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. For more info and a schedule of upcoming shows, visit their website or Facebook.


Spicy Boy is on the Way
The McFerrin and Cleveland food intersection has a new neighbor on the way that will bring a Cajun twist to the popular Maxwell neighborhood food crossroads. Spicy Boy will be serving up authentic Po’ boy sandwiches and other Louisiana delights just in time for Mardi Gras in late February 2021 if everything goes according to plan.

Setting up shop at 924 McFerrin Ave. after rehab of the property, Spicy Boy will include a large, covered deck for outdoor dining. A family business, Spicy Boy will be managed by former Peg Leg Porker bartender Justen Chaney, with his sister, Sara Cheney, as bar manager.

Stay tuned for updates as Spicy Boy’s opening date draws closer!

Cremona Strings Ensemble Too at Music Makers
Cremona Strings Ensemble Too and Development Group, a non-profit free string music education program, is presenting its first-ever virtual performance, from the Music Makers Stage at Delgado Guitars tonight, November 6, at 7 p.m.

The Cremona Strings Ensemble offers violin, viola, cello, and contrabass music instruction for individuals ages four years and older while seeking to provided holistic education, training, consultations, and advocacy to under-served, under-represented, culturally diverse, children, youth, teens, adults, and seniors without discrimination.

The concert will feature a variety of classical, country, soul, and other genres of string music from program participants and will be available on  Facebook or YouTube starting at 7 p.m. CST. For more information on the Cremona Strings Ensemble Too and Development Group and their mission, visit them on Facebook.

Cremona Strings Ensemble Too and Development Group, Inc performs at the Music Makers Stage at Delgado Guitars

Trick or Superspreader —  Halloween House Party Shut Down
Yet another East Nashville house party in the midst of pandemic made headlines last week when Metro police broke up a Halloween night party of approximately 175 people on Halloween evening at a short-term rental house on Boscobel Street.

Responding to complaints from neighbors, Metro officers arrived on the scene around 6 p.m. No event application had been filed with the Metro Health Department which is required under current Metro regulation for any gathering of more than 25 people and comes at a time when Nashville and the state of Tennessee are experiencing a dramatic spike in new infections.

The crowd was quickly dispersed by Metro officers but no citations were issued by the police. Metro Health issued a statement in regard to the incident, stating they are currently reviewing the police report and, if warranted, they will submit it to Metro Legal for a civil warrant against the responsible party.

A similar incident in August occurred when police charged two men with multiple health order violations for a “Fashion House” party on Fern Avenue in East Nashville that attracted several hundreds of attendees. For more information on current Metro event guidelines or to report a violation, visit asafenashville.org.


Urgent Care to Partner with Ascension Saint Thomas
Urgent Team Family of Urgent Care Walk-In Centers and Ascension Saint Thomas announced a new partnership this week that will commence on December 1, 2020. The agreement will lead to 14 Urgent Team Walk-In Urgent Care locations in Middle Tennessee re-branding as Ascension Saint Thomas Urgent Care, including the East Nashville/Inglewood and Madison locations. The joint venture will expand access and convenience to current Ascension Saint Thomas patients, expand the Urgent Team Family of Centers to seven brands in five states, and eventually add additional walk-in urgent care locations throughout the area.

Urgent Team Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Tom Dent expressed his enthusiasm for the new alliance. “It is our honor to partner with this forward-thinking health system. Ascension Saint Thomas is highly recognized as the standard for quality and compassionate healthcare.”

All of the Urgent Care centers are open seven days a week and provide treatment for injuries, illnesses, and conditions that are urgent, but non-life-threatening. For updates and more information, visit urgentteam.com.


Nashville Tree Conservation Corps Brings the Green to Shelby and You
The leaves may be falling but Shelby Avenue will be even greener next spring. The Nashville Tree Conservation Corps will be planting 290 trees along Shelby Avenue for the first installment of Shelby Avenue’s Arboretum on November 14 and 15, and they need your help!

To find out more, learn how to plant a tree correctly, and to find out the precautions they’ll be following to protect the health of volunteers, just visit the NTCC’s Shelby Avenue Fall Planting signup page.  And be sure to invite a friend — the more the greenier!

And if you’re looking to add some greenery to your own yard, the NTCC’s Farm-to-Yard program is now taking orders for trees delivered right to your door. The order period runs through November 15 with a delivery schedule set for December 15. And they’ve added several new species and varieties including native Honey Locust and new varieties of Ginko trees. Details of the programming and pricing are available at nashvilletreeconservationcorps.org/tree-sale, so place your order today!

Be a Friend to Shelby and Show It!
Show your support for Shelby Park and Bottoms on your car with the purchase of the new Friends of Shelby specialty license plate. The proposed plate is available to anyone with a vehicle registered in the state of Tennessee. with proceeds benefiting Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms.

But the catch is 1,000 preorders are required by December 2020 for the plates to be approved. For more info, and to reserve your plate visit the Friends of Shelby website today!

Quick Bits

  • Nashville-based commercial real estate investment firm, Wedgewood Avenue, is planning a new apartment complex for 1411 Dickerson Road. Designed by Smith Gee Studio, the proposed development would include 270 residential units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space.
  • Work is about to begin on a 178-unit housing complex at Skyline Ridge in Madison. “The 808” will offer 96 two-bedroom units and 82 three-bedroom units spread over seven, three-story buildings. All units will be offered at affordable prices for residents earning no more than 80% of the area median income.
  • Brentwood-based real estate investor Hoss Mousavi recently closed the deal on the property at 1014 Whites Creek Pike for $1.2 million. Currently home to the janitorial service and supply business, Janilink, no plans for the property have been announced yet.
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