This week’s column starts on a sad note. East Nashville lost a talented musician, a beloved barkeep and a treasured neighbor Wednesday, when drummer and 5 Spot mainstay Ben Eyestone succumbed to complications from colon cancer.
He was young, vibrant, and loved and admired throughout the community. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends, and the entire 5 Spot family. Nashville Cream has some more info here, and we’ll share info about services when we have it.
Below, a classic capture of Ben being awesome with The Lonely H.
East Nashville News:
Fort Louise opens Friday in Inglewood
The little blue house at 1304 McGavock Pike will open its doors once again, as of 5 p.m. on Friday, July 14, when local restaurateur Jessica Bower and chef Greg Biggers unveil new comfort food restaurant Fort Louise.
Bower and Biggers are promising a “casual dinner party atmosphere” at the eatery, which, along with 1400 square feet of bright and stylish interior space, includes a large back porch for al fresco eating.
The menu includes “playful renditions of surprising snacks, salads, and large-plate entreés” — stuff like monkey bread with a beef-fat candle, a curry fried chicken bucket, coconut BBQ ribs, thai chili hot wings and lots more.
It’ll be a lower-key shift for Biggers, known for stints at chef Sean Brock’s McCrady’s in Charleston and celeb chef Masaharu Morimoto’s namesake place in Philly.
“It’s no secret my background is focused in fine-dining,” the Alabama-bred chef said in a release. “I’m ready to try something a little different, something much more personal to me. I’ve been buttoned up throughout my career, but now I’m ready to loosen things up a bit. Fort Louise is a true reflection of my style, using everything I’ve learned along the way.”
The Fort has a full bar program too, with wine, craft beer, creative cocktails and a signature “Ewer of Punch,” made with rums, absinthe, pineapple and lemon and poured to serve 2-4 imbibers.
Starting with this kickoff dinner service, Fort Louise will be open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, dinner 5 to 10 Tuesday through Thursday/Sunday and 5 to 11 Friday and Saturday. They’ll have weekend brunch service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., too.
Previously, that Riverside Village location has been home to cafe Perk & Cork and an early iteration of Old Made Good.
Follow along on Fort Louise’s Instagram for the latest.
Attaboy open off Main Street
Scoop from the talented Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville: The much-anticipated new cocktail spot Attaboy has opened its doors at 8 McFerrin Avenue, just behind Two Son off Main Street.
A sister outpost to the New York bar of the same name, Attaboy takes a different approach to drink-slinging than your average b(e)ar. From Eater:
“Knock on the door, wait for it to open and a host will greet you and ask for how many in your party. You’ll then be seated or given a wait time. Once you’re in, there’s no menu. Staff will ask a short round of questions to hone in on exactly what type of drink each customer is in the mood for, and then take it from there.”
For the indecisive among us, sounds like a win. Hours, via Eater: 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., all week. Read the full rundown at nashville.eater.com.
Cafe Roze soft opens
Another long-awaited, NYC-connected spot just came online in East Nashville: Cafe Roze, led by Employees Only’s Julia Jaksic, soft-opened at the end of last week in the former Porter House Bistro space at 1115 Porter Road.
The concept is an all-day-cafe thing, with crafty but approachable dishes. But during this soft-opening period, Roze is only serving breakfast (though their initial hours stretch into brunch-y territory, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Among the breakfast items offered: an egg bowl with kale, savory oats with a poached egg, an avocado shake and more. Coffee’s flowing, and their full bar is already pouring too, with a pretty spot-on Bloody Mary and a quick but creative list of other offerings.
The Cafe Roze team is working toward the full all-day menu, with lunch hours until 4 p.m. coming soon, then dinner to follow. We checked in for updates on when those broadened hours are expected, and we’ll update as soon as we know.
Update: Jaksic says, “We're pushing for this weekend to roll out our All Day Menu… and dinner in 2-3 weeks.”
Follow Cafe Roze on Instagram for snapshots and the latest news.
Defunct Books reopens in new space
Also freshly (re)opening: local bookshop Defunct Books, most recently located at 118 S. 11th Street.
Owner Greg Delzer tells us he’ll soft open Friday, July 14 at his new location, Unit A at the Idea Hatchery (1108 Woodland Street), the shop space that recently housed Camp Gypsy. (CG moved to a larger Hatchery space.)
Hours for the new Defunct Books will be noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
Keep up on Defunct Books’ Facebook page.
Vengeance Strength Kvlt comes for 'the pure of heart’
To say that Vengeance Strength Kvlt, the new resident at 1401B Gallatin Avenue, is a gym feels a little… let’s say shy of the full picture.
Seems best to let the folks in charge lay it out:
“Our ideology is simple: Weakness is a sickness which rapidly degenerates the quality of body and mind. The dominant fitness culture is selling you a shallow concept of exercise, keeping you weak and misinformed. Taking the first step towards the eradication of this cancer is the most important thing which you may ever do. It means taking up the ritual of proper training. It means purging the willfully weak people out of your life. It means the burning away of everything and everyone which does not benefit you. Therefore, we at Vengeance, battle weakness here and at home, pledging to help you do the same.”
How that plays out: Vengeance offers an intense brand of training that steers away from upscale amenities, leans heavily toward strength. Again, they describe it better: “hateful programming and (an) austere environment.”
Thinking about joining? Know before you go, from the KVLT Philosophy:
“This is not for those worried about ‘micro-aggressions’ or who hold the white flag of ‘trigger warnings.’ We do not gather around holding hands, accepting one another's weakness to be ‘nice.’ Vengeance is designed to be confrontational in order to drive individuals to greater and greater risk, trial and reward. This is strength worship. Those who remain willfully weak in body and mind will not be tolerated. Membership at Vengeance is a privilege.”
For the privilege: open-gym rates (with no training) run $92 a month; memberships that include training range from $240 to $399. You can grab the full rundown at vengeance.me.
Clothing shop The List soft opens on Trinity
The business growth over on Trinity Lane continues. Fashion spot The List has soft-opening hours running through July at 305 E. Trinity Lane: noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 to 6 Saturdays and by appointment Sundays.
Led by a pair of TSU-alum sisters, the shop offers “new and vintage clothing items and accessories that will help spark a feeling of self love to all women,” from dresses and jumpsuits to jackets and boots.
You can also shop The List online at iamthelist.com (there was a 10-percent-off promo going as this was being posted).
For new shops arrivals/updates, follow The List on Instagram.
HGTV’s 'Listed Sisters' returns to East Nashville
On the subject of lists and Sisters: The second season of Nashville-filmed HGTV show Listed Sisters just kicked off, and the season premiere, the DNJ tells us, features the renovation of a historic East Nashville home. For — you’ll never believe this — musicians.
As of this posting, the Sisters’ HGTV page didn't have a replay date we could share for that episode, “From Tour Bus to Forever Home.” But hey, On Demand exists. (Let us know how it is. #nocable.)
Kicking off season 2 on the East Side makes sense: The two sisters of Listed, Lex and Alana LeBlanc, also run LAVA Home Design here in the neighborhood, at 1601 Riverside Drive.
Keep up with the latest Listed Sisters stuff on Facebook.
— Check out the renovation plans for the old church at 901 Dalebrook Lane. Pretty big wow.
— Another major development in the works from Aerial Development Group: 905 Cherokee Avenue, including a 150-unit residential building, 16 townhomes and commercial space.
— Dig drum circles? Dancing? Something with both coming up Saturday in Shelby Park.
— If you love biking and love local coffee, you might want to take advantage of Bike Fun’s Ride and Shine coffeeshop ride on July 27, conquering 12-15 miles from the East Side to The Gulch, with stops for coffee and snacks (with bikerider specials from the included shops) along the way.
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.