Friday News Roundup, August 30

Hunters Station Opening Soon

The newly renovated Hunters Station complex at 975 Main St. is nearing completion and a slew of business are expected to open soon. Although no specific dates have been announced yet, word is the openings will take place throughout September and October.

The property was formerly home to Hunters Custom Automotive from 1968 to 2017, when the automotive customizing shop and supplier moved to its new headquarters at 955 E. Trinity Lane.

The new retail and restaurant campus is managed by the Nashville-based Fresh Hospitality. The line-up of businesses will include restaurants The Grilled Cheeserie, Hugh Baby’s, Tacos Aurora, and Vui’s Kitchen; craft beer bar The Picnic Tap; and an eatery incubator, Citizen Market, which will serve food from a variety Citizen Kitchen entrepreneurs. For updates and more information, visit

Eastwood Assembly to Serve It Up at Gallatin and Eastwood

Eastwood Assembly is a new pub and eatery planned for the former church building at 714 Gallatin Ave. Located across the street from the Eastland Kroger, the pub is the latest venture of Jim Higgins and Rick Piliponis, who also own Noble’s Kitchen and Beer Hall on Main Street. The new pub will have a distinctive neighborhood appeal as Higgins told Nashville Scene.

“We love how the church has been part of the neighborhood and want to embrace that history,” he said. “Our plan was to incorporate into the building a neighborhood-type restaurant and pub that local residents could walk to, hence the Eastwood Assembly.”

The building was constructed in the mid-1940s as the home of the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church. Over the ensuing decades, it housed other congregations including the Miracle Worker Temple and New Destiny Christian Fellowship. Since 2007, it has served as the home for several short-lived businesses.

No opening date has been set due to structural issues Higgins and Piliponis have discovered in the building. Higgins says they still hope to preserve the original structure if possible.


BE-Hive Bar-BE-cue to benefit Nashville Humane Association

Local vegan food manufacturer, The BE-Hive is well known for their plant-based deli products. Their Seitan-based chipotle chorizo, roast BEef, pepperoni, and others are featured at many local restaurants and retail locations. The company is also known for their scrumptious pop-up dinners featuring their products prepared by local chefs.

With Labor Day weekend as the perfect time for a cook-out, the BE-Hive is buzzing up to task with The Bar-BE-Cue: The BE-Hive End of Summer Cookout. Avo, Succulent Vegan Tacos, Radical Rabbit, Five Points Pizza, and Rose Gold Bakery will all be set-up in the Be-Hive parking lot at 2414 Gallatin Ave. on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. selling tasty morsels of vegan culinary delight. A cash bar by Absolut Juice will also be on hand with beer from Bearded Iris.

A percentage of all sales will benefit the Nashville Humane Association. Puppies will be available for on-site adoption. Other fun activities include a dunk tank and music by KDSML and ORIG the DJ. For more info check out The BE-Hive End of Summer Cookout Facebook event page.

Quick Bits

  • Nashville’s newest hip-hop festival, Brown Bag Fest, takes over The Cobra Saturday, Aug. 31 with two stages and some of the finest in local hip-hop talent. The line-up includes FU STAN, Kent Osborne, Lackhoney, Morning After Crew, Gee Slab, DJ Mad Mauves, Chuck Indigo, Priestess of Planet X, Reaux Marquez, Young Soul, Three Dollas, Seddymac, Lul Lion, Al-D, and TheBlackSon, along with DJ sets by THE Burnie Amsterdam and Drama Club. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Cobra, 2511 Gallatin Ave. For more info, check out Brown Bag Fest on Facebook.
  • On Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., the poetry and short fiction reading series, Nashville Canon Revue, returns to Anaconda Vintage (1062 E. Trinity Lane, Suite 101, in the white building directly behind Grimey’s). This month’s event features readings by Robyn Hitchcock, Ben Burr, and Prince Bush.
  • Chef Sean Brock of Husk on Rutledge Hill is hard at work on a new restaurant in the McFerrin Park/Cleveland Park district of East Nashville reports Nashville Post. The new eatery will be located 809 Meridian St., near Wilburn Street Tavern and will be centered on Appalachian food traditions.
  • Eastside Heights, the condo/retail development at 120 S. Fifth St., recently filled its next to last retail space. F45 Training, a boutique fitness studio offering programs of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), circuit training, and functional training joins other Eastside Heights tenants including Pedego Electric Bikes and Surreal Blowout Bar.
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