MoD Nov|Dec ’15

After a good couple of years of emptiness, the cute blue Riverside Village house that Old Made Good once called home is now percolating again: “Espresso and wine eatery” Perk and Cork opened in mid-October at 1304 McGavock Pike, serving coffee and espresso beverages, baked goods, and sweet and savory panini, plus cheese plates and more.
     The building retains its historic charm and the decor is relaxed and homey — think burlap curtains and Mason jar light fixtures.
     At press time, the wine side of things was waiting on bureaucratic stuff, but plans were for a curated and welcoming list.
     The shop/restaurant is open Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
     Last issue, we mentioned the expansion of the Fatherland District, with three Fatherland Corner buildings popping up at South 10th and Fatherland and bringing in businesses, including some folks relocating from existing District spaces.
     As that shuffle begins, we have a few tidbits on new players and a new space for a
familiar player.
     New: In the coming months, The Shoppes on Fatherland will welcome Pauli’s Place, a women’s boutique stocking new and preloved designer clothing, accessories, shoes, and boots, in Suite 205 (Project 615’s spot).
     The name is a tribute to owner Randi Michaels Block’s daughter, who was adopted from Bulgaria this year.
     At press time, Block hadn’t set an opening date yet, but November/December was the plan. Keep an eye on our blog ( for more on Pauli’s Place.
     Meanwhile, longtime Fatherland business Baxter Bailey & Company shared news in October about their move to Fatherland Corner (10th and Fatherland) — they were eyeing an early November move-in at press time, so by the time you read this, they may already be putting out the welcome mat in front of the new space, steps away from the old space (1006 Fatherland, Suite 101A, open until the new one is).
     Related, September brought another new gallery to the East Side art scene: Modern East Gallery, at 1006 Fatherland St., #203, in the Shoppes.
     Modern East’s focus is on photography, and it’s led by shutter pros Jennifer Stalvey and Brandon Felts, the gallery’s resident photogs and the folks who’ll be organizing solo shows and group thematic events there.
     They hosted a grand opening party on Oct. 10, coinciding with that month’s East Side Art Stumble art crawl, sharing their own work, along with the work of fellow photographer Kelsey Swanson.
     Modern East is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment.
     If you love to cook in Nashville, good chance you’ve made the acquaintance of My Friend Who Loves to Cook, a.k.a. Samantha Williams, who for years has milled the super-popular Sunday Morning Pancake Mix out of her McCarn Street kitchen.
     Williams recently made the move into a nonhome kitchen, partnering up with Woodland Presbyterian Church to mix and mill at their place. As holiday sales for her mix — stocked with nine organic grains and lots of tasty — ramped up, she prepped to hire neighbor help, with a particular focus on hiring women struggling with homelessness.
     “I always pictured myself in some kind of nonprofit, justice work, so this is a pretty natural move for me,” she said. “I wouldn’t have dreamed of expanding the company if there wasn’t a meaningful purpose to it.”
     For more on Williams and her Pancake Mix, stop by
     As we were putting this issue to bed, the owners of new Inglewood bookstore Atomic Nashville were putting the finishing touches on their new place at 1603 Riverside Dr. (in the former Friendly Arctic Printing space).
     The shop’s focus will be books, art, and music, all “with a decidedly local slant.”
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     We’d been waiting since deepest summer to see what was cooking over at Cantrell’s BBQ Pit, which was working on a reinvention.
     Reinvention complete: The restaurant reopened in September as East Nashville BBQ Company, with a new menu, cool/bold new signage, and some fun meal deals (like a brown bag lunch special, with a sandwich, chips, and a drink for $5).
     Don’t let the “new” word scare you, though — barbecue comforts abound: pulled pork, mac and cheese, turnip greens, spicy slaw, and the like.
     East Nashville BBQ Company is open Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 829 Lischey Ave.
     East Side craft brew providers Little Harpeth Brewing officially opened up their taproom in September at 30 Oldham St. Snag pints, flights, and growlers there Friday, 5 p.m. to 9ish, Saturday, 2 p.m. to 7ish, and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 6ish.
     “Low Power, High Voltage Radio” station WXNA, successful crowdfunding campaign behind them, got itself a physical studio space. No, it’s not in East Nashville, but don’t be bummed — WXNA remains East Side-infused in many ways, including the board of directors being manned and womaned by the likes of East Nashvillian contributors Randy Fox and Heather Lose, among many others.
     The WXNA digs are at 1604 Eighth Ave. S. on the top floor of the historic Victorian that also houses Grimey’s New & Pre-Loved Music and The Basement. For more: or, for a whole lot more, check out Fox’s story of WXNA’s genesis on Page 66.
     Although news broke recently that investors have bought the home of Edgefield Sports Bar & Grill at 921 Woodland for a nice $1.3 million sum, the Nashville Business Journal soothed regulars’ worries: “That’s a longstanding, established tenant, and we look forward to having them in their existing space for a number of years,” new owner Elliott Kyle told the publication in late September.
     New brewers Smith & Lentz have now opened the doors on their tap room at 903 Main St. They are currently open Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 2 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
Maybe the hardest-hitting East Nashville closure news over the past few months: The Silly Goose abruptly shut its doors in mid-October after more than six years in business at 1888 Eastland.
     Over those six years, the cozy eatery grew to be one of the more consistently praised East Nashville food haunts, with chef and leader Roderick Bailey and sous chef Ashlee Saylor spreading the Goose notoriety on Food Network competition show Chopped, and the restaurant earning positive nods from here to The New York Times.
     Bailey followed up the closure with a statement, sharing appreciation and a little uncertainty:
     “To all of you who came to eat with us over the last six years — thank you,” the missive read. “I hope you felt the love in our food, our music, and the way we treated you. Life is messy and so is the restaurant business. The Silly Goose took everything I had every day. It was hard, rewarding, beautiful in all its imperfections. I have no idea what the universe has planned for me next. I have faith and hope and I am filled with gratitude for what the Silly Goose and the last six years have been.”
     No word yet on what’s taking over the restaurant’s former space.
     Vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free restaurant and bakery Khan’s Desserts, located in the Porter East cluster on Porter near Eastland, also closed up shop in mid-October.
     “Khan’s has outgrown our small space, but the rent has gone up greatly, and without partnership or investment, we are unable to move to another location,” a social media announcement read.
     Khan’s opened in that space in 2013, and offered a menu well beyond desserts, from sandwiches and biscuits to, more recently, vegan soft-serve ice cream.
     No word yet on what’ll be taking over that space, either.
     We’ll soon see a bigger Red Arrow Gallery, as the art haunt — which opened in Inglewood’s Riverside Village in March of 2014 — shuffles down to a new home at 919 Gallatin Ave. (near Petway).
     “Riverside Village has been a wonderful home for the last year, but development and growth in the neighborhood, as well as the gallery outgrowing its space, forced us to begin looking for a new location,” a September announcement from the gallery said. “We are fortunate to have met an amazing landlord who supports our vision and is allowing us to keep Red Arrow in East Nashville.”
     The move so soon after opening was unexpected, and the idea of heading to another part of town was considered. But in the end, the Red Arrow folks felt drawn to staying on this side of the river. To make sure they can accomplish another build-out so soon, they turned to crowdfunding to raise relocation funds.
     “Red Arrow established itself in East Nashville. The place we call our home,” a Kickstarter message from the gallery reads. “We have collaborated with other galleries to begin our own Art Stumble. We joined teams with Maplewood High School, hosted field trips for Isaac Litton Middle School. We open our doors to everyone in the neighborhood wanting exposure to artwork, some who have never stepped foot in a gallery. We continue (to) cultivate all of these relationships. Red Arrow Gallery needs to stay in East Nashville.”
     Owners are hoping to have the new space open in time for a January show; if you’re holding this in your hands before Nov. 16, drop by to learn more about the Kickstarter campaign and/or to contribute.
     You might have noticed the closure of East Nashville Cooperative Ministry’s space at 807 Main St., but worry not — the ministry hasn’t shut down, it’s just on the move.
     At press time, those folks were in the process of moving north to a new space at 3117 Gallatin Pike (the former home of Inglewood’s Asian Market, which moved to nearby 3231 Gallatin).
     “We are really excited about the move,” ENCM board treasurer (and longtime contributor to The East Nashvillian) Eric Jans told us in September. “The sale of the building cleared up some financial issues for us. We didn’t have the funds to put the kind of renovation into the old building that it needed. Fortunately it is in a hot location and we were able to sell it and find a larger but less expensive building that is more centrally located for our mission.”
We should see another bar join the East Nashville landscape this fall: Bar Luca, working on opening up at 1100B Stratton Ave. (on the corner of Stratton and Gallatin, next to Moto Moda), is aiming to be a friendly neighborhood drinking spot with a full bar, seasonal food menu (with items like cheese boards and charcuterie), and a curated wine list.
     We spoke with co-owner Abi Hewitt in mid-September, and she tipped us to a nonpretentious vibe and a big crew of locals teaming up to bring Luca to life.
     “There’s lots of us involved in it,” she said. “We like to think of it as by the community, for the community.”
     No set opening date at press time, but check in at for updates.
     We’ve shared a few updates in past issues about in-the-works East Side brewery Southern Grist, set to take over the former Boone & Sons location on Porter. Good news: Those folks told Nashville Post in October they planned to start brewing in December, with the tap room opening in early 2016.
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