Board games and vintage shopping and awesome tacos and craft beer and new music: East Nashville is a dang delight lately.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
Board Game Cafe coming to Five Points
Parcheesi night with the fam is about to get more social: Board game cafe Game Point, located at 107 S. 11th Street, will soon bring the long-simmering national trend of public hubs for trivial pursuits to East Nashville.
Address look familiar? It should: Game Point’s going to be located inside East Side staple Bongo Java.
The plan, Bongo chief Bob Bernstein told us, is to have Game Point operating at night inside the longstanding cafe, with a library of 300 to 400 games in place, encouraging people to come out, hang out and drink and eat with the Bongo crew.
“Sometimes we get asked, ‘What is a board game cafe?’” a Game Point social post says. “Imagine your favorite coffee shop, that also serves tasty food, beer, and wine. Then picture a wall full of the best board and card games around just waiting to be pulled off the shelf and enjoyed. That's what it is.”
If you’ve long gotten your morning coffee at Bongo Java, you won’t see major changes there, though the games will be available for you throughout the day, too. Difference being, when Game Point is in gear (the name’s a play on Five Points), coaches will be on site to help players learn new games and get hipped to titles they might like.
Bernstein and Game Point partner Rick Keuler are planning to stock a wide variety of games, from classics like Monopoly and Sorry to more recent favorites like Settlers of Catan and Cards Against Humanity. The intent, Bernstein says, is to have “family games, strategy games, fun games, party games…”
Bernstein’s the cafe guy; Keuler’s a games expert with a decade of board game-convention wrangling under his belt. He launched the one-day Tennessee Game Day in 2006, and from that humble start (with players in the dozens), it’s developed into a multi-day affair with hundreds of attendees from all over the country. (Last year, Californians, Jersey folks and Londonites were among the 700 players in the house.)
When Game Point’s up and going, he’ll be among the coaches.
“I’ve probably played over 600 different games since getting into board games back in 1999,” he says. “While I can't remember how to play them all, I enjoy learning and teaching new games and old favorites.”
They’re looking at a probable opening in October (Bernstein says definitely before Thanksgiving), and for starters, players won’t pay a cover to play. The plan is to subtly and “humorously” encourage guests to spend a minimum on food and drink to keep the project afloat.
“If that doesn’t work we might have to change the pricing model,” Bernstein says, “but we’re trying to not charge people for games.”
For more, and to keep up with opening plans, follow Game Point on Facebook.
TailGate Brewery expanding to East Nashville
Came up on this frothy scoop just after last week’s News went out, but in case you missed it: Nashville's TailGate Brewery is spreading Eastward.
The craft brewer’s upcoming East Nashville facility, Nashville Post reported, is set for 811 Gallatin Avenue, a long-vacant body shop and relatively recent acquisition by the busy Baker brothers.
Says the Post: “At the future TailGate, patrons will be able to sample various TailGate limited releases and seasonal beers available both on tap and in large-format cans. The all-ages location will also offer pizza, appetizers, sandwiches and salads.”
The brewery operates with a busy and experimental thrust, with a steadily changing list of new brews — they shoot for two new ones a week — led by a seasonal, “consumer-driven” approach. Recent releases have included a Peanut Butter Milk Stout and a #Basic Pumpkin Ale.
TailGate already has spots in West Nashville and on Demonbreun, so this’ll continue a rapid expansion that's been rolling since the California-born company relocated to Nashville in 2014. They’ll join an also-growing East Nashville craft beer scene, which includes Southern Grist Brewing Co., Smith & Lentz Brewing and East Nashville Beer Works.
Nashville Business Journal notes that the Baker Brothers also have two other tenants headed for that building, now split into three suites (the others are nail salon Cured Nails at 813 Gallatin and East Nash Dental Co., at 815).
To learn more about our soon-to-be neighbors, visit tailgatebeer.com.
Vintage/antiques retailer Culture Theory launches in Inglewood
For modern kids who love shopping for old stuff: Culture Theory — an Inglewood-based online antiques/vintage shop — launched in mid-August at culturetheory.com.
Led by local antiques dealer/auction pro Joshua Fisher, the shop stocks anything from mid-century Saarinen armchairs and 1930s Art Deco sconces to vintage bags and trombones, available for browsing and buying. Benefit for East Siders: While Fisher’s Inglewood warehouse isn’t a storefront, buyers are invited to pick up purchases locally (or have them shipped), and come explore in person by appointment, too. And if you have cool vintage stuff you’d like to offload, Culture Theory can sell it for you.
The intent, Fisher tells us, was to build a platform that makes vintage buying and vintage selling easy for neighbors.
“I want to amalgamate what is right now a pretty disjointed industry into one user-friendly platform,” he says. “I want to give sellers a full-service, hassle-free way to flip goods, and I want to give buyers a great new way to find that perfect piece that they've been hunting.”
Fisher comes to the project from a relatively long, antiques-focused road — he was a longtime vintage/antiques dealer, Nashville Flea Market vendor, online auction house pro and real estate auction host. Connections he made along the way helped him flesh out Culture Theory’s starter offerings.
“I put together a small network of antique dealers in town to build an initial catalogue off of, and then along the way I picked up several small non-professional sellers and some estates that needed to be liquidated,” he says. “I realized that this could be a great service for anybody.”
If you have vintage/antique stuff to sell — furniture, art, decor, clothing and beyond — hit Joshua@CultureTheory(dotcom), and tell him about what you have. (They photograph/research/list/market/fulfill, and work on a percentage basis.)
If you’d like to shop, browse/buy at culturetheory.com, and keep up with the latest additions on the Culture Theory Instagram feed.
East Nashville music roundup
Really busy summer/fall for top-notch East Nashville music. Among the new releases getting major national/local attention:
Jessica Lea Mayfield (pictured) issues her latest album, Sorry Is Gone, on September 29 via ATO Records, and it features contributions from a bunch of impressive non-locals (like Seth Avett and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley), plus fellow East Nashvillian Patrick Damphier (Field Days/The Mynabirds).
NPR Music has the whole album streaming as a “First Listen.” Writer Tom Moon says the set is “a series of songs about escape from damaging relationships, and each is conveyed through its own weather system. There are outbreaks of snarling bitterness followed by moments of calm, and times when inner turmoil is masked under a coating of honeyed pop exuberance."
Also with the big NPR Love: East Nashville transplants The Lone Bellow, whose new Walk Into a Storm, according to music journalist/fellow East Nashvillian Ann Powers, “feels very live, a bit like a church revival and a bit like 2 a.m. at an eastside dive bar.”
Coming out on September 25: East Nashville band *Repeat Repeat’s latest, Floral Canyon, via Dangerbird Records.
On release day, they’ll be doing a free in-store at Grimey’s, 6 p.m., 1604 8th Avenue South. Meantime, Culture Collide has an album premiere.
Lastly and certainly not leastly, if you love local rock ’n’ roll blues combo Daddy, and love talented Nashville musicians Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack, consider throwing your support behind a new Daddy album that’s in the works. While you’re at it, healing thoughts for Tommy, who’s facing a recurrence of bladder cancer, are a great thing too.
Lockeland Table-r launches Awesome Taco Truck
Longtime Lockeland Table fans and people who appreciate tacos have reason to be excited: Longtime Lockeland kitchen star Danny Bua — whom many of us remember as Chef Hal Holden-Bache’s partner in World Food Championship excellence — is getting ready to launch That Awesome Taco Truck, a taco truck purported to be awesome.
Bua boasts a long fine-dining background, here in East Nashville and in Boston beforehand. Up North, he was particularly known for his Mexican fare, the chef’s work at The Painted Burro inspiring many a best-Mexican-in-Boston plaudit.
With the truck, he’ll be shining a brighter Nashville spotlight on those skills, bringing his “passion for upscale, creative interpretations of classic Mexican food” to the road.
What he’s planning definitely ain’t your everyday Nashville tacos: On the menu posted at thatawesometacotruck.com, you’ll see a New England lobster roll taco (with salted avocado and brown butter), yellow beets and chimichurri (with goat cheese crema and kale), plus — bless it — a bunch of breakfast tacos, like fried egg/chorizo/potato tacos and huevos rancheros tacos.
They’re apparently shooting to launch sometime during the first week of October, but for the latest updates, follow That Awesome Taco Truck on Facebook and/or Twitter.
— The 26th Annual AIDS Walk & 5K Run is Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017; it’ll be a family-friendly affair with awards, a community fair and expo and raffle with lots of prizes, and all donations and proceeds will go to Nashville CARES, to help fund their work fighting HIV/AIDS in Middle Tennessee. More info/registration here.
— If you’ve ever driven past the former Naval Reserve Training Center and wondered, “Man, what’s the deal with that thing?” East Nashvillian Tony Gonzalez has a Nashville Public Radio answer for you.
— The East Nashville Farmers Market’s annual Fall Fest is almost here. Head to Shelby Park on Wednesday, 3:30 to 6 p.m., and get in on kids activities, pumpkin painting, live music and more, plus your regular shopping.
— WKRN: “East Nashville business owners, residents, council members want more crosswalks on Gallatin Ave.”
— Wanna encourage your kids to burn off some energy? Check out the Shelby Kids Fun Run.
— New at Eastland Cafe: The menu’s been “reconstructed, remodeled, revamped, and refined” with a tapas approach.
— The new Marathon Pilates at 966 Main Street hosts a grand opening open house on Friday, Sept. 22, 6 to 8 p.m. Drinks, snacks and meets and greets.
That’s all for this week. East Nashville News tips to share? Please email Nicole.