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Friday News Roundup, October 4

Publix On the Way, A New Owner for The Treehouse, New Stripes for Porter and More!

Publix On the Way to East Nashville

After months of rumors, Nashville Business Journal reported this week that a new location of the grocery chain Publix is included in plans filed with Metro Codes for a 31,000-square-foot retail space known as the Hill Center Greenwood development located at 1111 Gallatin Ave.

According to the plans, Publix will occupy the majority of the space in the development, which will also feature a Chase bank and Starbucks. Fourteen townhomes also are planned flanking the Publix. No definite timeline for the construction has been announced.

A New Owner for 5 Points’ Treehouse

Matt Spicher, owner and cofounder of Five Points restaurant and landmark, The Treehouse (1011 Clearview Ave.), announced the sale of the eatery and three underlying real estate properties last week. Spicher commented on the sale in press release.

“The Clearview properties have been in our family for decades and now it is time for my parents to enjoy their golden years,” Spicher said.

The Clearview property was purchased by Spicher’s father, renowned Nashville session musician Norman “Buddy” Spicher in 1988. He and his family resided in the house for several decades. It was during this period that the elder Spicher built the colorful treehouse in the backyard that became a neighborhood landmark,

In 2013, after Buddy Spicher and wife relocated, Matt Spicher and his nephew, Corey Ladd, transformed the former family home into a farm-to-table restaurant. Over the last six years The Treehouse has garnered two Eater.com awards for “Chef of the Year” and multiple “Best of Nashville” awards. The property and restaurant was purchased by POP Hospitality Group owner and 25-year Nashville resident Kelly Black who plans to continue operations under The Treehouse name while making minor changes including a refreshed menu and adding robust late night service.

Hugh-Baby’s, Vui’s Kitchen, and Citizen Market Open at Hunter’s Station

Burgers, barbecue, tacos, or spring rolls? Can’t settle the argument about what to eat? Hunter’s Station is here with the answer.

Local favorites, Hugh-Baby’s and Vui’s Kitchen opened for business on Tuesday, Oct. 1 inside the Hunter’s Station food hall at 975 Main St. Eatery incubator, Citizen Market, is also now serving food from a variety Citizen Kitchen entrepreneurs. The Grilled Cheeserie, Tacos Aurora, and The Picnic Tap are all scheduled to open on Oct. 15.

For more information, visit Hunter’s Station’s online.

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Restriping Project Underway on Porter Road

District 6 Council Person Brett A. Withers contacted The East Nashvillian to let our readers know the road restriping that began this week on Porter Road between Eastland Avenue and the CSX railroad tracks is part of the Porter Road Restriping Project, a collaboration between the Planning and Public Works Departments.

As Withers explains, “For several years cars have been observed parking in the bike lanes along Porter Road near Greenwood Avenue which has led to sporadic ticketing and at least one instance of guerilla bike lane protection installations, most notably using toilet plungers in place of bollards.”

Withers continues to explain the growing popularity of the Porter Crossing commercial corner as well as confusing signage about where bike lanes begin and end led to the restriping project. The restriping takes advantage of wider pavement width on Porter Road between Greenwood Avenue and Benjamin Street to trace clearly demarcated bike lanes traveling in each direction through the Greenwood intersection as well as to accommodate designated on-street parking spaces.

“I encourage everyone to slow down during the Porter Road Restriping Project installation and to pay close attention to the somewhat shifted travel lanes,” Withers says, “I do not yet have an estimated completion date for this project but ask for everyone’s patience during the installation process.” The Porter Road Restriping Project update will be an agenda item at the Eastwood Neighbors meeting 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Eastwood Christian Church, 1601 Eastland Ave.

Bike Disaster? Handle It With Bike Fun

Thrown a chain? Lost a pedal? Nashville’s local bicycle education service, Bike Fun, is here with the answers to these and other potential pedaling pitfalls with their Choose Your Own Disaster ride series.

This approximately five-mile/2-1/2 hour ride is supervised by K.J. Garner, a Certified Instructor through the League of American Bicyclists, and offers a menu of theoretical cycling disasters accompanied by detailed instruction on how to handle them.

The ride begins at the East Bank base of the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Nashville, with the next ride on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m.  Groups are limited to five riders in order to permit detailed questions. Riders must be 12 years of age or older. Registration is $65 and includes a beginner bicycle emergency kit. To register, visit nashvillebikefun.com.

Live Music  Roundup

String band heroes Old Crow Medicine Show will be shaking the rafters at Grimey’s (1060 E. Trinity Lane) with an in-store performance and signing of their new album, Live From The Ryman on Sunday,  Oct. 6. There will be a crowd, so get there early. For more details, check out Grimey’s website.

L.A. indie-rockers Surf Curse hang ten into DrkMttr Monday night on a bill also featuring local bands Dirt Buyer, Promweather, and Peachy — who were recently featured in our 2019 Music Issue. Catch them all Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. For more info, visit the Facebook event page.

Ken Burns’ recent Country documentary got you hankerin’ for some honky tonk flavor? Then get yourself down to Grimey’s as Kendell Marvel celebrates the release of his new album, Solid Gold Sounds, with an in-store performance, Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

Quick Bits

  • Fox 17 Nashville reported this week that the group Music City Baseball recently released conceptual drawings of a proposed major league baseball stadium that would be located next to Nissan Stadium, The group was formed to lobby for a Major League Baseball expansion team in Nashville after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned the city as a possible expansion city last summer. The group hopes to bring a MLB team to Nashville by 2024.
  • A long-delayed multi-use redevelopment project for the former Hobson United Methodist Church property at 1716 Greenwood Ave. appears to be back on track. According to a recent story in Nashville Post, the 3.27 acre site, located at the intersection of Greenwood and Chapel Avenues will be renovated into a residential/retail/office development that would incorporate both the historic Hobson chapel building (circa 1851) and the adjacent Greek revival sanctuary building (built in 1924). The revived project is being spearheaded by the Nashville-based companies Vintage South Development and the Legacy Companies, after acquiring the property from its former owner.
  • AlphaGraphics Music City, the Nashville based printing, sign, design and direct mail company are moving their headquarters and production facility from their current location at 921 Main St. to 858 Dickerson Pike. The move is expected to be completed before year’s end.