Friday News Roundup, December 20

Still Time to Get Your Ad On!
A quick reminder that The East Nashvillian’s January-February issue is coming up and you can still get your ad in our pages. This edition will announce and feature the winners of the year’s East Nashvillian of the Year awards along with features on R&B hitmakers Louis York, and more. Contact now to place your ad!

New Chef in the Treehouse
The Treehouse restaurant officially announced the arrival of their new Executive Chef, Chris Gianino, this week in a press release. Coming off a successful run at local, James Beard award winner Husk in Nashville, Chef Gianino was formerly with the Zagat Top 10-rated restaurant Northern Bell in Brooklyn, New York.

Along with a new chef, the Treehouse has revamped their happy hour with a selection of carefully crafted cocktails and new culinary options. Chef Gianino plans to continue the Treehouse tradition of a community-driven menu by partnering with local farms and suppliers. The addition of Chef Gianino to the Treehouse staff is one of several recent tweaks that new owner Kelly Black has made since purchased the popular East Side restaurant in October.


¡Fiesta Navidad!
Garden Fresh Food Market is celebrating both the holiday season and their first year in business this weekend with a First Anniversary Fiesta. The fun runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 21 at 800 Madison Square. In addition to prizes and gifts, Santa Claus will be on hand for photos, so make sure to dress your best! For more info visit the Facebook event page.

Screening for the Holidays
Still looking for that truly unique Christmas gift? Then consider the gift of a screen printing class from Life and Limb Printing. Your lucky gift recipient will not only will learn the entire screen process from start to finish with direct, hands-on experience, but they will also get to print their own shirt to keep. Prices start at $65 for a spot in a group class and you can upgrade to a couples class or even one-on–one training. For more details contact Life and Limb Printing through their website.

Don’t Miss Events!
Start the final run up to Christmas with some live music!

Friday night, The East Nashvillian’s own singer/songwriter/columnist/trouble-maker Tommy Womack will be shakin’ the High Watt (1 Cannery Row) with eighties retro-rockers Raygun backing him. Even better, the opening act will be the debut set from Nashville rock scene legend Jeff Johnson (Jason & the Scorchers, Guilt) and his new band, Party of Shine. Show starts at 8 p.m., for more info check out the Facebook event page.

Need a little all ages DIY spirit for the holidays? Then get down to Drkmttr for two days of celebrating the empowerment of youth through their chosen arts with the first Free Youth Fest. This holiday mini-festival will feature a mix of youth and adult bands and a non-denominational holiday market. Sponsored by Far Out Fest, Sweet Time Booking, Banana Tapes, and No Rest Booking the event will feature 10 bands spread over two days of excitement. Banana Tapes will be on-site recording the music live and taking pre-orders for and exclusive cassette release.

All money from vendor booth fees, door donations, merch sales, and cassette sales will go directly to YEAH – Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities, Inc. and their music camps that allow aspiring musicians (regardless of age, race, class, gender, or creed) freedom of expression and exploration through music and performance.

For more information and a full schedule of bands, visit the Free Youth Fest event page, and to learn more about YEAH and their mission visit

Quick Bits

  • Popular East Sides eatery, Pepperfire Hot Chicken closed this week in preparation for their relocation to Marathon Village. The new Pepperfire is set to open at 1400 Jo Johnston Ave. in March and will feature 1,500 square feet of dining area.
  • A new, four-story residential building is in the works for 1009 Dickerson Pike according to a story in Nashville Post. The planned Vue Townhomes will include 27 parking spaces located behind the building, but no announcement has been to date on the exact number of residences. Plans for the development will be reviewed by the MDHA Design Review Committee at their Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting.
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