Friday News Roundup, November 15

Openings, Closings, and Preservation

Out on the Street — The East Nashvillian!
The November-December edition of The East Nashvillian is on the streets and online! This issue features Nashville supergroup Trigger Hippy; our handy “Bad Influencers Guide to Holiday Season,” spotlighting weird, wacky, and wonderful ways to survive the holidays on the East Side; poet Ciona Rouse; and much more, along with a special pull-out mini-mag, The Madisonian, which shines the spotlight on the past, present , and future of our hip, northern neighbor(hood)!

Grab your copy from the usual locations around town or view it online here. You can also check out the Madisonian online here.

Time to Nominate the East Nashvillians of the Year!
Know someone or a business that is making East Nashville a better place to live? The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association (HENMA) is now accepting nominations for the East Nashvillian of the Year award for 2019 in both the Business and Individual categories.  These annual awards honor those individuals and businesses, or business owners, who exemplify the true spirit of a being a good neighbor — those who actively seek to make East Nashville a better place.

For examples, check out our profiles of last year’s winners — former councilperson Anthony Davis and Lockeland Table — and pursue last year’s nominees and previous winners at the HENMA website.

So look around and see who you think are worthy of this honor, and submit your nominations to ENOTY@eastnashville.org. Be sure to include the following information:

  • Business Name, Owner’s Name, and Reason for Nomination
  • Individual’s Name and Reason for Nomination

But act fast, the deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Opening Doors and Breaking Ground on the East Side
It was big week for new and expanded businesses on the East Side. On Tuesday, Nov. 12 an official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Hill Center Greenwood at the corner of Gallatin and Greenwood Avenues. The new 72,830-square-foot mixed-use development will be home to a Publix grocery store, Starbucks coffee shop, Chase Bank branch, and 14 new townhomes. The business and residential space is expected to open in spring 2021.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13 a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Eastland Kroger at 711 Gallatin Ave. following an approximate 10,000 square foot expansion completed in recent weeks.

That same evening, the newly renovated Lakeside Lounge at 921 Woodland St. opened its doors. New owners — Michael McIlroy, Sam Ross, and Brandon Bramhall — have worked hard to retain the neighborhood appeal of the former Edgefield Grill with a “lite” renovation while adding a few new features and updates. For more info, follow Lakeside Lounge on Instagram @lakesideloungebna.

Tenn16 & Stay Golden Close Doors
Hungry East Siders woke to some sad news on Monday with the announcement that Five Points fav Tenn16 was closed for business. Employees were notified of the closure Monday morning via text, and an official notice was posted to Tenn16’s Facebook page that afternoon. Few details were given: “The owners have decided to shift their focus to other business opportunities so we are closing the doors for good and everyone will move on to exciting new adventures. We are very grateful to all our wonderful employees and to you, our amazing customers. We will miss you. Until we meet again, be well and take care of each other.” Tenn16 opened in 2013 and quickly became a neighborhood favorite for their Cajun-influenced menu.

The East Nashville location of Stay Golden coffee shop also announced its closure this week. Located at 901 Woodland St., Stay Golden opened their East Nashville location less than a year ago. Stay Golden’s owners announced the closure on their website, “It is with a heavy heart that we finalize our chapter at the Stay Golden East location. It has been an incredible opportunity to be a part of one of the most vibrant communities in Nashville!” The original Berry Hill location, at 2934 Sidco Drive, is still open.

Historic Nashville announce 2019 Nashville Nine
Historic Nashville, Inc. announced its 2019 Nashville Nine last week. Chosen each year from nominations by community members, the Nashville Nine is a list of historic Nashville properties and neighborhoods most threatened by development, neglect, or demolition and serve as the focus of Historic Nashville’s advocacy and outreach for the coming year.

Although the list includes properties from throughout Metro Nashville, of particular interest to East Siders are the Home for Aged Masons and Masonic School buildings at R.S. Gass Boulevard and Hart Lane and the post-war mid-century and minimal traditional housing that comprises a large portion of East Nashville and Inglewood neighborhoods.

The home for Aged Masons and Masonic School buildings were built between 1913 and 1915 and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owned by the State of Tennessee since the 1940s, the property has been vacant since the 1990s. The Metro Historical Commission and a group of Metro council members and state representatives have prevented demolition of the buildings on several occasions, but there are currently no plans for renovation or adaptive reuse, a situation Historic Nashville hopes to change.

Nashville’s many neighborhoods of post-World War II suburbs, especially mid-century and minimal traditional housing, may not be considered “historic” by some, but are significant to Nashville’s history and provide a vital source of affordable housing. Such housing is currently under threat by developers seeking to build demolish older homes and replace them with “tall skinnies.” Historic Nashville seeks to raise awareness of these neighborhoods along with encouraging more historic neighborhood designations.

The complete Nashville Nine list can be reviewed on Historic Nashville’s Facebook page. For more information on Historic Nashville, visit their website.

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TriStar Skyline Expansion
TriStar Skyline Medical Center celebrated the official opening of their new, expanded facilities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 at the hospital, 3441 Dickerson Pike. The new expansion included a new Emergency Department Walk-In Patient Entrance, an addition 53 licensed beds, medical intensive care unit, and neuro intensive care unit. For more information on Tristar Skyline Medical Center, visit tristarskyline.com.

Don’t Miss Events!
Here’s a few “don’t miss” events for the coming week: Nashville gospel/soul music treasure, the McCrary Sisters will be celebrating the release of their new Christmas album, A Very McCrary Christmas, with an in-store performance at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music (1060 E. Trinity Lane), Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. In addition to warm holiday cheer, the sisters will also serving up chili for the crowd. More info available at Grimey’s website.

The East Side’s favorite book-music event, East Side Storytellin’, is bringing the curtain down on 2019 with its final performance of the year and the final show at the event’s long-time home, The Post. The Post will be closing its doors for good the same night as the space transitions into the new, East Side outpost of local coffee shop chain the Frothy Monkey. The event is Tuesday, Nov. 19 at The Post (1701 Fatherland St.) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. East Side Storytellin’ guru, Chuck Beard assures us that the event will return in 2020, more info on Facebook.

Gadabout Theater Company is presenting the Nashville premiere of Aaron Mark’s DEER at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Thursday, Nov. 21, at The East Room (2412 Gallatin Ave.). Described as a “grisly, pitch-black comedy about normal people who snap,” DEER stars Molly Breen and Harry Marsh and is directed by Stephanie Houghton. For more information, check out the play’s Facebook page.

Quick Bits

  • It was announced this week that four retail spaces in the currently-under-construction Douglas Market Lofts at 333 Douglas Ave. are now available for leasing. The mixed-use Douglas Market Lofts will feature four retail spaces and 16 residences, and is expected to be completed by January 2020.
  • A new coffee shop, Heart’s Coffee, is planned for the former service station/auto shop at 914 Gallatin Ave., according to a report in Nashville Post. No opening date has been announced for the 1,340-square-foot space.