Lots of exciting East Nashville business news this week, from new places coming to changes at established spaces. Plus, we’ve got some music set to moving pictures and lots more.
On to it:
Frothy Monkey takes over Bella Bakery
Local coffee-shop mini chain Frothy Monkey added a new business to its growing family this month, acquiring East Nashville’s Bella Bakery.
The impetus, according to owner (and longtime East Nashvillian) Ryan Pruitt, was to expand baking capabilities to better serve Monkey business needs on the whole.
“We designed our Downtown Nashville location to house our baking operation, but since then we have outgrown the space,” Pruitt said. “It was a logical next step to source a space for our wholesale and retail baking operation that could accommodate its growth.”
This does mean Bella fans will see changes at that Fatherland St. shop. First, a new name: After about a month, Bella becomes BAKERY by Frothy Monkey.
As the menu changes, Frothy fans will see some baked goods they recognize, but plans are not to go full Frothy — we’ll see bread, changes to breakfast and lunch options, coffee (by the cup and beans by the bag) and, eventually, espresso beverages. There will be a walk-up counter, but the place isn’t meant to be a cafe.
The Eastward addition has apparently been a long time coming for the Frothy folk.
“We love East Nashville … but Frothy has not had the opportunity to be a part of the neighborhood until now,” a statement from the company says. “Although the bakery is not a traditional Frothy Monkey location, we look forward to bringing our baked goods and coffee to the East Side.”
The bakery is located at 1010 Fatherland St.
Maple and Eggs coming from 312 Pizza owners
Folks on the left side of Gallatin will soon have another new eatery to call neighbor: Eater Nashville broke news that the owners of Germantown's 312 Pizza Company and Tempered European Indulgence are working on an East Nashville breakfast concept called Maple and Eggs, set for the property next to Holland House, at 941 West Eastland.
Expect pancakes, skillets and other dishes made with the restaurant’s titular ingredients, along with an array of breakfast-appropriate cocktails, Eater notes.
The aim is for a fall opening. More at Eater Nashville.
Jeni’s update: They’ll be back soon
While Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams scoop shops (including their East Nashville outpost) remain closed following Listeria contamination concerns, an update from the company indicates that things’ll be back up and running soon.
The tool from whence the Listeria apparently came — a spout on a machine used to fill pints in their production kitchen — has been located, and a massive effort to update Jeni’s’ kitchen “into a facility that provides the best defenses against any contamination” are under way.
“So far the conservative estimate of new investment in the transformation of our kitchen is $200,000, but we expect that number to increase,” an update from the company says. “We will spend whatever it takes…
“The plans we have for reworking our kitchen, along with improved standard operating procedures that go above and beyond federal and state guidelines, will enable us to make the quality of ice creams we are known for, in the safest possible way. We are hopeful that we will be able to resume ice cream production in the very near future.”
Getting closer to East Nashville Indian food?
We’ll have more on this soon, but for now, a tidbit about the in-the-works Indian restaurant, East Bollywood Vegetarian Indian Food, that Ellen tipped in February:
Owner Karin Dicker tells us she’s in the process of finalizing a contract for a Cleveland Park space, which’ll also host a bar called The Opium Den. So we’re finalizing plans to be super stoked. Now who’s on the take-out Chinese?
Topgolf likely headed East
The Nashville Business Journal shared news this week that golf and entertainment complex Topgolf was close to signing on the ol’ dotted line for a property on our side of the Cumberland, at Cowan and Spring Street.
"We have selected a site we're interested in, and we're doing everything we can to move forward," spokeswoman Adrienne Chance told the publication. "We don't confirm a location until we receive final city approval and we're pretty much ready to break ground."
Assuming all goes as planned, once ground is broken, should be nine months to a year before we’re in there swingin’.
New mixed-use development at 10th and Russell?
From the Nashville Post: Metro documents indicate that the property at 210 S. 10th (that's where the East Nashville Farmers Market used to be) is being eyed for a mixed-use development, including 13 residences and just shy of 2,200 square feet of commercial space.
Get ready for the East Nashville Crawfish Bash
Our friends at neighborhood label Palaver Records have quite the party in the works: The East Nashville Crawfish Bash, set for Saturday, May 9 in the knoll next to Bongo East, offers up bands, beer and, as you might imagine, edible crustaceans.
On stage throughout the day: Kyle Andrews, Blackfoot Gypsies and many others.
The event is free, kicks off at 11 a.m. and ends when “it’s too dark to drink beer."
VIP ticket options give you access to some good stuff, too. Option 1, at a scant $10, includes a pound of crawfish, a buck off beer all day, no lines for said food or said beer plus a commemorative coozie. Option 2, at $25, nets you all that and a T-shirt. (If you really want to make sure you get your crawfish, though, you might want to come early — they’ll have 1000 pounds, but y’know East Nashville…. we can eat.)
Snag your East Nashville Crawfish Bash VIP tickets online, and check out more info at the Crawfish Bash event page.
The knoll is located at 109 11th Ave. S.
Second East Side Art Stumble is this weekend
Saturday, May 9 is the second Saturday of the month, which means it brings the return of the new East Side Art Stumble, a monthly art crawl that includes openings, receptions and shows at a mix of neighborhood stops, including KT Wolf Gallery, Main Street Art Gallery and Red Arrow Art Gallery, among many others.
The Stumble runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and their handy Google Map gives the rundown of participating businesses. For more on what/who those businesses are hosting, check out the Art Stumble’s Facebook event page.
Bonus note for those of you planning on Stumbling: Organizers have partnered with Uber to help you get around — use the promo code "artstumble" to save 25 percent on two rides from 5 to 9 p.m.
One of a Kind Furniture Show at Idea Hatchery
If you’d like to make a full day of eyeballing the work of talented artists in East Nashville, pre-game for the Art Stumble by heading to the Idea Hatchery courtyard on Saturday for the first-ever One of a Kind Furniture Show, which’ll showcase the work of an array of furniture designers and artists, including Art & Invention leaders Bret and Meg MacFadyen, Fat Crow Press owner Julie Sola, Andee Rudloff, Mark Whitley (whose work is pictured above) and many others.
The show runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Idea Hatchery is located at 1108 Woodland.
Free energy savings workshop
Increase your energy smarts and decrease your energy bills by hitting a Neighborhood Energy Savers Workshop. The workshops, which come to us from from Nashville Electric Service, focus on simple DIY improvements that’ll address where you’re wasting on both fronts.
Conveniently enough, one’s in the neighborhood this weekend: Saturday, May 9 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Margaret Maddox YMCA (2624 Gallatin Pike).
The class is free, and attendees also snag a free Energy Saving Tool Kit, which includes caulk, Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs, expanding foam insulation, a low-flow showerhead and faucet aerators.
For more, visit the NES site.
East Nashville makes the music video rounds
We stumbled on a trio of new music videos this week that have East Nashville connections:
First, Rolling Stone shared the video for “On to Something Good” (and some behind-the-scenes fun), from singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe’s upcoming second Warner Music Nashville album. For the video, she headed up to Inglewood to shoot some footage at Fond Object. Watch below:
The yet-unnamed new set, produced by Vince Gill, is due out on July 24.
The Boot, meanwhile, premiered the video for “Three Days” from Nashville’s Amy Speace. That track comes off of her latest album, That Kind of Girl, recorded right here in the neighborhood and produced by East Nashvillian Neilson Hubbard.
Watch that one here:
Then, this one’s a little tangential, but: We mentioned recently that East Nashville-bred doggie daycare The Dog Spot had opened a new location on the West side.
That new place plays a prominent role in the new video for CCM artist Jimmy Needham’s “Vice & Virtue.” Watch it here:
- The BEAST is back! If you noticed that the Basement East was closed a spell, it was some sprinkler-y kinda issues, and everything’s all set again.
- Mother’s Day being this weekend and all: Use promo code "O&Smoms" for 20 percent off online Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co. orders.
- Also on that tip: Saturday, Welcome Home (1882 Eastland) hosts a pop-up from all-natural bath/body/home products purveyor Ashwood Estates, noon to 4 p.m.
- The next Grassy Knoll Movie Nights movie: 1977 SciFi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind, on May 17.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news to share? E-mail Nicole.