Friday News Roundup, November 8

So Long to The Post
Sad news from our friends at The Post: the popular East Side coffee shop is closing its doors. In an Instagram post from Thursday, Dec. 7, owners Tonya Lewis and Chris Cowley announced that Sunday, Nov. 17 will be the last Bluegrass Brunch and The Post’s last day of business. The space will be taken over by local coffee shop chain The Frothy Monkey in the near future. For more information and updates, check out The Post’s Instagram @theposteast.

Run, Chicken, Run — BokBox Has Surprise Opening
BokBox, the new coal-roasted chicken restaurant by Chef Tom Bayless and Dauer Ellis at 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 203 made a surprise opening recently. BokBox is now serving crispy-skinned, coal-roasted chicken and rice to go from their walk-up window from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. There’s no inside seating and they’re only accepting cash at the current time, but delivery through Postmates is available. For more info and a full menu, visit

From Edgefield to Lakeside
The renovation of the beloved East Side favorite Edgefield Grill is proceeding with a new name, Lakeside Lounge. The name was made public recently through a hiring post on Nashville Craigslist. The post says the new owners plan to “continue offering affordable, quality drinks & food every night … serving a simple menu of bar room classics and comfort food from open to 3am every night.”

Michael McIlroy, Sam Ross, and Brandon Bramhall, who also own Attaboy Nashville, located at nearby, 8 Mcferrin Ave., purchased the Edgefield Grill from co-founder and owner Charlie “Buzz” Edens in August. (For a history of Edgefield Grill check out the History Channeled story from our November/December 2018 issue.) For updates, follow Lakeside Lounge on Instagram @lakesideloungebna.

TriStar Skyline Expanding
TriStar Skyline Medical Center will be celebrating the official opening of their new, expanded facilities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the hospital, 3441 Dickerson Pike.

The expansion includes a new Medical ICU, Neuro ICU, Medical Surgical Unit, and Emergency Room.  For more information on Tristar Skyline Medical Center, visit

So All Shall Rise
The Martha O’Bryan Center announced the public phase of its comprehensive fundraising campaign, “The Community Campaign: So All Shall Rise” this week. The $15 million campaign is raising funds to improve Explore! Community School’s building in the Cayce Homes neighborhood in East Nashville, make renovations to the Center’s headquarters at 711 S. 7th St., and to expand programming for families by providing opportunities for economic mobility and family stability.

For more information and to find out how you can help, visit or call 615.254.1791.

Gallatin Pike Study Madison Meeting Next Week
The second public meeting on the Gallatin Pike corridor study and plans for Downtown Madison will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. at City Road Chapel UMC, 701 Gallatin Pike in Madison. Topics for the info stations will include vision plans, current land use policy, zoning, corridor design overlay, urban design overlay, transportation plans, and more.

The Gallatin Pike Study is available for review at


Meet, Greet, and Express Your Opinion!
Mayor John Cooper will begin hosting a Mayor’s Night Out event in different council districts on the second Thursday of each month. Nashville residents are invited to voice their opinions, questions, and concerns in one-on-one conversations with the Mayor and Metro department leaders. The first event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Creswell Middle School, 3500 John Mallette Dr. from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Mayor John Cooper will be on hand for the meeting along with Council Member Jonathan Hall (District 1), and Metro department employees.

Buy Ornaments Now, Enjoy Later
While we certainly don’t want to encourage hanging your Christmas decoration before Thanksgiving, here’s one Yuletide tradition you may want to get the jump on. Tickets are now available for the 14th annual performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Ornaments. This year’s schedule includes two shows a night at 3rd & Lindsley, Dec. 16-19, a Dec. 21 matinee at the Belcourt Theatre, and a Lightning 100 Sunday Night Live performance at 3rd & Lindsley on Dec. 22.  For more on The Ornaments check out this profile from our November/December 2015 issue, and for tickets and more information visit

Time to Nominate the East Nashvillians of the Year!
The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association is now accepting nominations for East Nashvillian of the Year for 2019 in both the Business and Individual categories. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Please submit your nominations to Include the following information:

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

Quick Bits

  • The YMCA is considering a new location in the Cayce Homes neighborhood community, near historic Edgefield and Nissan Stadium, just off of Shelby Avenue according to a story by NewsChannel5. The plan is currently being evaluated by the YMCA in partnership with Metropolitan Development Housing Agency.
  • Eastside Heights, the mixed-use development on the corner of Fifth and Woodland streets in East Nashville, notable for the black and yellow “EAST” mural visible from I-24, was sold last week for an undisclosed amount. The previous owners, Nashville-based commercial real estate development and design services company, Southeast Venture, sold the 1.9-acre property to an entity related to Steadfast Companies, a real estate investment management company that owns and/or operates a portfolio of real estate across the United States and Mexico.
  • An East Nashville commercial building at 600 Main St. recently sold for $3.15 million. A Decatur, Alabama-based family partnership purchased the 0.36-acre property from Nashville-based attorney Talbott Ottinger and developer Chris Dawson according to a story in Nashville Post. In June, it was announced that half of the building would become home to the Nashville office of the San Francisco-based hospitality company Sonder USA Inc. It was also reported this week that a fitness company, “7-Minute Fitness” will occupy the other half of the building.
  • Local real estate investor Tyler Cauble recently acquired a managing stake in an East Nashville office building located at 3250 Dickerson Pike, which is scheduled for extensive renovation, according to a story in Nashville Post. The 27,800 square foot building is currently 40 percent occupied, and will be marketed as Class B office space named “Elwood” once the updates are finished. The property will be leased by Cauble in a partnership arrangement with the former sole owner, Skyline Omega Building LLC, with property management by Parasol Property Management.
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