MoD Sept|Oct ’15


If you read our July-August issue — which included a lengthy feature on The Family Wash’s second act down at 626A Main Street — you were probably, like us, eagerly anticipating the opportunity to resume your regular shepherd’s-pie-and-pint time at an East Nashville institution. That opportunity finally presented itself in mid-August, with longtime captain Jamie Rubin and coconspirators Mitchell Fox, Robert Camardo, and John Stephenson kicking off with a soft opening week, smoothing stray hairs, and introducing a new menu (pie’s still here, don’t worry). The Family Wash/Garage Coffee is now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to midnight, and getting the show schedule back up and running. To keep up with the schedule and/or get more info about the offerings at the new Wash, visit

The Wash wasn’t the only long-awaited opening since our last issue.

Sharing a building at 1000 Gallatin Ave., Nomzilla! Sushi Et Cetera and Pepperfire both welcomed East Side diners after a few delays. Nomzilla soft-opened in July and quickly got into the swing of serving creative sushi (etcetera) on the East Side, hosting a grand opening week in mid-August. They’re open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5-10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Pepperfire started slingin’ hot chicken from its new place on Aug. 12, showing off some serious upgrades from its longtime (and beloved) shack down the way — fancy stuff like AC and restrooms. They’re open now Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The folks at those two restaurants will have another neighbor soon, too: The Urban Juicer is set to open a new location at 1009 Gallatin Ave. The Juicers — also representing 8th Avenue South, Green Hills, and The Arcade downtown — focus on additive-free, fresh fruit and vegetable juice. At press time, the company was interviewing new East Side team members, and aiming for an early September opening.

Some months back, we mentioned that owner Greg Delzer was aiming to open his new 5 Points-area book shop, Defunct Books, around Tomato Art Fest time. Tomato Art Fest time came to pass, obviously, and so did Defunct Books’ opening. The shop is open now at 118 S. 11th St., sharing a wide mix of printed pages, from dollar books to collectible tomes. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

A recent addition that’s had lots of folks talking recently: Tower Market and Deli, at 1305 Gallatin Ave., near Douglas. The business welcomed new neighbors for a soft-opening test run in August, handing out free sandwiches, fries, and chips while recipes were tested, final pieces were put in place, and shelves got stocked. Styled after the ubiquitous corner delis in New York, Tower has a large central deli station from which those sandwiches, fries, and fried chicken are prepared and served, plus a clean and compact market area with a locavore focus — local milk, eggs, and other staples. Their coffee station is East-powered, too, with Bongo brews. Official opening date was set at press time for Sept. 1. Hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. (7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays). More at

Also new: Divine Art Cafe opened its doors on Aug. 18 at 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 109, near West Eastland. If the “Divine” in the name didn’t tip you: It’s more than your average food stop, having grown out of Divine Art Toffee, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that uses its candy-making activities as part of a greater mission. That mission: “(providing) training and employment opportunities for disabled adults, the elderly, and those in recovery who would otherwise not have an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.” A new face for fitness fanatics: BarreAmped Nashville East opened up at 805 Woodland St. #319, in the Eastside Station hub, sharing “an ultra results-oriented fitness regime based on modern and classical dance, Pilates, yoga, and deep stretching.” The East Nashville location joins existing BarreAmped spaces on Music Row, in The Nations, and The Gulch.

We’re still a little ways out from being welcomed into the new home for another East Nashville institution, The Turnip Truck, but things are indeed moving along. In early August, the concrete foundation for the new, much larger Truck at Woodland and Seventh was poured, officially moving us into the build-out stage and inching us toward the intended fall opening. That was, oddly enough, the smaller bit of news from Truck Central in recent months. The big one: The East-bred natural foods grocer developed and launched its own “value-priced product line,” called Field Day, offering affordably priced grocery staples like olive oil and oatmeal. Field Day products number at more than 100, and were made for the shelves at both our Turnip Truck and The Gulch’s. According to owner/founder John Dyke, the goal with launching Field Day is: “People will be able to fill a cart at Turnip Truck at a comparable price to a big-box grocery run. … Healthy eating should not be a luxury, and we are very passionate about breaking down the cost barrier.”


We can expect a collection of exciting new neighbors in the coming months, too.

Nashville Business Journal reported in late August that yet another new brewery is coming our way. East Nashville Brew Works — led by District 7 Metro councilman Anthony Davis — is in the works at 320 E. Trinity Lane, taking over the old 4,000-square-foot Binco Cleaning Supplies warehouse. Davis told the publication the “taproom-centered” brewery is set to have a variety of beer alongside “good food.”

Although OG East Side craft brewery Fat Bottom is set to leave the neighborhood for The Nations, East Nashville Brew Works joins two other coming-soon East Side breweries: Southern Grist Brewing Company, in the former Boone & Sons space on Porter, and Smith & Lentz Brewing, in the old Worm’s Way building on Main. No word yet on opening timeframes for any of our new beer friends, but we’ll keep you posted.

Remember the cute blue Riverside Village house at 1304 McGavock Pike that used to house Old Made Good? It’s set to get a new tenant: espresso and wine eatery Perk & Cork. We’re waiting on further details from the owner, and will share more soon.

Sparkworks Union, a “community of independent and innovative thinkers, dreamers, and makers” (i.e. a kind of coworking/shared office space development) is shooting for a September opening at 935 E Trinity Lane, and spaces are being preleased now. More info at

In mid-August, Nashville Post dropped news about a proposed boutique hotel called Holiday Jones, which would include 64 rooms over five stories at 805 Main St. Formers Chicagoans/regular Chicago visitors may recognize the name from the “boutique hostel” in that city, but project partner Robert “Robby” Baum told the Post the East Side Jones would be a more conventional boutique hotel. The Metro Development and Housing Agency Design Review Committee initially deferred a Holiday Jones approval vote, but as we were going to press, developers were surging ahead and addressing issues to move toward approval.

Fans of the Fatherland District and its many great shops and restaurants, like Baxter Bailey & Co. and The Local Taco, should be looking forward to November, as the Fatherland family is set to grow. Developer Mark Sanders is hoping to get Fatherland Corner — with 8,500 square feet of business space over three buildings, at South 10th and Fatherland — up and running around then, according to news from Nashville Post. Several Fatherland District businesses were slated to move from their current homes into new Fatherland Corner spaces, including Abode and Chocolate F/X.

Among the many in-the-works residential projects we heard about in recent months:
Porter Village, a 40-unit condo and townhome project at Porter and Cahal (construction was underway as we were going to press).
EastSide Heights, with 249 apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail space at 416 Woodland St. (plans were approved in July).
Pennington Cottages, with 17 homes on Pennington Avenue in South Inglewood (an end-of-year groundbreaking is the plan).


At press time, the folks at apparel and lifestyle goods shop Wheat & Co were working on moving out of their current space at 719 Porter Road to team up with Scout’s Barbershop at 904 Main St., starting Sept. 1.

As of July 18, furniture and housewares shop Nest 615 was out of the Shoppes on Fatherland and into a new space at 1110 Gallatin.

Gizmos Vapor Shoppe also opened its new location at 922 Main St. in late July. The Shoppe opened last summer at 1009 Gallatin Ave. (an address you may recognize from the new Urban Juicer space a few paragraphs up there).

A big revamp is in the works at Cantrell’s BBQ Pit at 829 Lischey — expect a new look, new chef, and new menu items. We hadn’t gotten word on a reopening date at press time.

To go with those new neighbor addresses, here are some new neighbor names:

East Nashville art hub KT Wolf Gallery, at 604 Gallatin Ave., didn’t go away, but just took on a new name: Gallery Luperca. The moniker change came as partners KT Wolf and Sara Lederach celebrated six months of curating exhibitions and wrangling our neighborhood art crawl with a twist, the East Side Art Stumble.

The folks at Paro South are also starting fresh, name-wise. They’re behind spaces including Center 615 and Main Street Gallery, and those businesses now live under a neat rebranded umbrella: C615. Some individual businesses go by new names, too: Center 615 is now Center 615 Main; Paro South Creative Suites is Center 615 Bricks. Not sure what’s what? Keep an eye on

In late July, Cleveland Park laundro-cafe Madeline abruptly closed, after a brief, but well-liked run. “We want to thank all the wonderful people who came in and supported us over the last five months. Sadly, we have had to close the doors until further notice,” a Facebook post read. “You are all awesome for helping us try to make Madeline work, but we just couldn’t keep it together on our end.” The business was located at 1224 Meridian St.

B-Side Salon at 2909-A Gallatin Pike, Ste. A also closed up shop in June. “I’m sure there were many rumors going around about why I closed and why it happened so fast, so I’m here to set the record straight that nothing bad happened,” owner Kama Yvette updated via social media. “Everything was fine and business was great, but I personally needed to be somewhere else. I thought of a million ways to keep things going, but it all seemed too complicated and . . . closing seemed like the best option. We had a great three-year run and I met some amazing people.”

Floral design studio Brocade Designs (at 805 Woodland St, Suite 304, in Eastside Station) closed in order to allow owner Hillary Yeager and team to “transition to focus on event design and custom stationery.”

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