Hi neighbors. Opening this installment of the resurrected East Nashville News column with a little housekeeping:
1) Hi, I’m Nicole. I launched this column, wrote it for about four years, and then stopped a few months ago. Returned from the moon as of this week, and am now back at it — but I have a little catching up to do. Please be kind enough to only drag me gently while I dig back in and maybe accidentally pull out some old news. (Y’all hear the Alley Cat closed?)
2) This week is flush with giveaways, and they’re all ending Friday, so jump in ASAP if you’re piqued. We have VIP Passes to Nashville Pride, tickets to the Thirth of July block party AND tickets to Saturday’s Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party. Not bad for a single week.
With that, let’s get back into East Nashville News. Whew:
GReKo Greek Street Food opening Friday
The long-awaited debut of new East Nashville Greek restaurant GReKo Greek Street Food is here: The doors at 704 Main Street are set to open at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23.
The new place comes to us via cousins Bill and Tony Darsinos, longtime fixtures on the Middle Tennessee food scene (Southside Grill, Gondola House Pizzeria). And the kitchen, led by chef Sal Avila, will be serving dishes “inspired by the street-side eateries of Athens,” including pork souvlaki, rotisserie chicken, grilled octopus (pictured up top, photo by Joseph Woodley), homemade pita bread and more.
Avila comes to GReKo from Prima and City House, and the low-key eatery marks a big change from those more upscale Nashville spots.
"I knew my path in fine dining had run its course,” he says. “I knew I wanted to be a part of something more hip-hop, not hipster, I guess 'street' is the word. Enter Bill Darsinos and GReKo. It's everything I want in life and didn't know it. My part of town; my kind of food, art, music, and patio.”
Guests can dine inside or al fresco, in a cozy, 40-seat dining room or the patio/large back courtyard.
Initial hours are a little truncated: Friday and Saturday, GReKo will be open from 4 to 11 p.m. for dinner; on Sunday, they’ll do lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting Monday, June 26, regular hours begin: 11 to 10 Sunday through Thursday, 11 to 11 Friday and Saturday.
For more, visit www.grekostreetfood.com.
New pet boarding/daycare space coming soon
The Inglewood area’s about to get a new pet boarding/daycare space: Longtime pet sitters Ann and Darlene Jacobs-Anderson are getting ready to open Peace Love and Paws, a “brand-new, 8,500-square-foot facility offering a loving home-away-from-home for your beloved fur babies,” just off Trinity Lane.
A few specifics about the new facility:
— they’ll be open seven days a week, including holidays
— they’ll offer daycare, boarding and grooming for dogs, and cat boarding as well
— the site has a live-in manager
— there are indoor and outdoor play areas, and dogs are separated by size
— it’s fully climate controlled
— your pooches can rest on orthopedic-friendly furnishings
— special needs pets are welcome
“We designed this place with how we’d want our animals treated in mind,” Ann told Out and About Nashville recently. “I don’t want to take my dog to a kennel where they’re going to be alone for 12 hours! So we’ve taken our experience — and I’m a nut about my animals and who takes care of them — and turned it into, ‘Well what can we do to make it better?’”
Last update we saw, they were looking at a late-June opening, but we reached out for the latest.
For more, visit peacelovepawsnashville.com.
Chef Hal’s gonna 'Throwdown' with Flay
If you know celeb chef Bobby Flay, you probably also know his show, Throwdown, which features him challenging the “absolute masters in different kinds of cooking” to a televised cook-off.
Flay’s come to Nashville before, but he’s apparently been back recently to take on one of the best from our side of the river: Chef Hal Holden-Bache of Lockeland Table.
The Flay/H-B episode of Throwdown is set to air on August 9, and the Lockeland folks are inviting neighbors over to cheer Chef Hal on (or Flay too, I guess, if you’re weird).
Their Throwdown viewing party is set for 6 to 9 that night, and will include food from the episode and a running play-by-play from Chef Hal.
Tickets are $65 a person, and you can get in on it by calling 615.228.4864 to RSVP.
Cafe Roze, coming soon
The new restaurant in the works at the former Porter House Bistro location — Cafe Roze, led by New York chef Julia Jaksic — may have its doors open as early as July, a new piece in the Nashville Business Journal says.
Once service begins at 1115 Porter Road, Jaksic told the Journal, diners can expect cafe-style food, a neighborhood-centric focus and a “friendly place.”
Jaksic is known for leading the kitchen at NYC restaurant Employees Only, and she’s remaining there too, bouncing between the Volunteer State and the Empire State, she said, though she hopes to spend more time here, less time traveling.
Read more from the Nashville Business Journal, and stay up-to-date with the restaurant’s progress at the Cafe Roze Facebook page.
East Side Smiles’ Free Dental Day returns
A now-annual tradition, East Side Smiles' Free Dental Day — a day of free cleaning, filling or extraction for neighbors in need from the East Nashville dentist's office — is back again for 2017.
This year’s event is set for Friday, June 30, and it’ll run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7 N. 10th Street. Points to know, from ESS leader Dr. Thomas Hadley:
1. Come early! All the spots for the whole day will be full by 11am at the very latest.
2. We'd love to keep this a neighborhood event rather than a city wide or regional event. It's not like we're going to ID people for addresses but maybe don't share this across the city.
3. Bring pertinent health history information like prescriptions or health conditions.
4. The waiting area will be outside and it will be hot so bring a chair and some water.
5. Be patient. Volunteers will be working hard to move patients through quickly but you can still expect to wait. If we anticipate longer waits, we'll have a system for an approximate time you'll be seen rather than waiting around for hours.
6. The procedures we are performing will be limited to cleanings, fillings, and extractions.
7. As always, East Side Smiles is a judgement-free zone. We want to help you because we love you.
8. If you'd like to volunteer please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need helpers from dentists, hygienists, and assistants to crowd control and patient concierge. We'd love to have you!
Once again, major respect to Dr. Hadley and staff for providing this to the community.
For more about East Side Smiles, visit EastSideSmiles.net.
Maeva Movement now open on Gallatin
New pilates, yoga and dance studio Maeva Movement held its grand opening in mid-June at 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 204.
Their approach: “empowering individuals through the freedom of alignment and sprinkling it with creativity and fun.”
Specifically, that means group classes, workshops and personal training, largely led by Maeva maven Laurel Desmarais, who has both yoga and pilates certifications and a BFA in ballet pedagogy.
The studio has a stacked schedule of offerings across disciplines; check out the lineup here, and learn more at www.maevamovement.com.
2616 boutique closing
The YWCA-led and -supporting 2616 resale boutique, open since July, 2014 at 2616 Gallatin Pike, will be closing its doors at the end of August.
An announcement from YWCA reps noted that the impetus for the closure was a financial one, and that the decision will ultimately allow the organization to refocus time, attention and funds.
“When the store opened …, we had high hopes that this would be a revenue-generating business to help fund the YWCA’s life-saving and life-changing programs,” the announcement said. “The boutique would be our first true social enterprise not associated with government grants or financial contributions. Numerous enhancements were made to the store since opening… We consulted with retail experts and attempted several suggested business strategies. Despite these efforts, we have been unable to generate sufficient revenue to achieve the financial goals that were set.”
The YWCA’s Dress for Success initiative, which helps local women with professional attire, has relocated to the organization’s Woodmont Boulevard offices.
If you’d like to stop by and shop before 2616 closes its doors, they’re open Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More here.
Crop Shop open on Trinity
A cool one that popped up while I was up on a mountain in Tibet: The Crop Shop, a nursery/produce market, opened at 900 E Trinity Lane in April, and since, they’ve been slinging farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, plus anything from beautiful braided Hibiscus trees to flowers and herbs for fleshing out your garden/landscaping.
They’re also pretty awesome at puns, as evidenced above, which we should all appreciate.
They’re open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 to 6 on Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday. More at www.facebook.com/cropshopnash.
Natural beauty spot Lemon Laine open in Walden
A little bit of a late hello, too, to Lemon Laine — a “natural beauty and wellness shop filled with products that are good for you and make you feel good too” — which opened in late May (while I was backpacking through the Adirondacks) at 1900 Eastland Avenue, Suite 102.
They share skincare products, makeup, supplements, hair and body and wellness stuff and more, all with a focus on natural ingredients and unique brands.
Founder Laura Lemon is new to Nashville, and to shopkeeping, but not to the beauty industry — the self-described “beauty junky” has been working in/around Lemon Laine’s lane for a decade, from holistic nutrition to natural makeup development and artistry.
The store’s open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 to 8 Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 on Sundays.
For more, visit www.lemonlaine.com.
There are lots of fantastic places to take trad yoga classes here in East Nashville. But East Nashville gonna East Nashville, so some really awesome weird options have popped up lately, too.
— By now you’ve probably all heard about Goat Yoga, right? Just in case: You have oodles of options to practice in East Nashville with Shenanigoats, “Nashville's premiere goat yoga team.” Classes are scheduled into August with a mix of instructors, all of whom are human. (The goats don’t teach, they just hang out and do goat stuff like hopping and mehhh-ing and all-around being the Greatest Of All Time.) Tickets are $25 per person; full schedule here.
— East Nashville Beer Works is hosting Pints & Poses beer/yoga on the last Saturday of each month. Included: an hour of vinyasa to tighten up your core and burn off some calories, then some cold beer to wash that all away. Admission’s $10, and gets you a beverage of your choice (an ENBW brew or non-alcoholic option). Next one’s Saturday, June 24, at 320 E. Trinity Lane.
Coming together for Toddzilla
We were, like so many in East Nashville, crushed to hear about the June fire that took the home, belongings and furry family of neighbor and musician Todd Austin, a.k.a. "Toddzilla.”
We were also heartened to see how East Nashville/Nashville banded together in support, as we do. As of this posting, more than $30,000 has been raised to help Austin get back on his unwaveringly badass feet.
The crux of Austin’s latest update for friends and concerned neighbors: “The amount of support has been epic. We are physically and mentally exhausted, but we are OK. Finances are fine, and we are safe. It’s in the hands of professionals.”
If you’ve been wanting to show support and haven’t yet, he says swinging by upcoming shows are a much-appreciated way to do so.
Austin’s playing with his band FunkHammer at The Country on July 7; his girlfriend Abby Costello is performing with Bordello Underground June 30 at The Bowery Vault. He says both would very much appreciate in-person love, as they attempt to get back to normal life.
Bagel Face shutters
Some bummer, in-case-you-missed-it news from late May (while I was spelunking in Norwegian fjords): Bagel Face Bakery, at 700 Main Street, closed its doors. The bakery didn’t issue an official announcement about the closure, aside of a brief tweet reply of “Bagel Face Bakery is no longer in business.”
The bakery opened in that space in 2010.
— The Nashville Post has details on a major upgrade over at the former Fluffo building, including two floors of new office space and the new home of Federal Donuts. Another food name is a possibility too, when tenants move in to the revamped space.
— The Tennessean has details on a new East Nashville home for New York-based music mastering company Sterling Sound. They’re headed to 805 Meridian Street in McFerrin Park, in a new-construction space. More at Tennessean.com.
— Among the locations spotlighted in Vogue’s new “Design-Lover’s Guide to Nashville’s Coolest New Restaurants, Hotels and Shops”: East Nashville’s own Urban Cowboy and Two Son.
— ELLE had some East Nashville namedrops this month, too: Mas Tacos, Red Arrow Gallery, High Class Hillbilly, Barista Parlor…
— Here’s a fun read on some cool neighbors: The Nashville Ledger profiled East Nashvillian cardiologist Dr. Suzie Brown and her husband, musician Scot Sax.
— Check out East Nashville bakery Nashville Sweets’ handiwork for Kelly Clarkson’s daughter’s birthday party.
— Shoppes on Fatherland clothing/home goods stop Whiskey Water is prepping for a move. But they’re staying close by, and just shifting to a larger Shoppes space. As of this posting, plans were for closing on June 29, reopening in the new space on July 8, with a party to follow. Meantime, they’re still at 1006 Fatherland, slingin’ super-cute stuff.
That’s all for this week. Have tips to share? We’d love to see; please e-mail Nicole.