This week, we're talking Greek food, glasses and more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Greko Street Food aiming to open this summer
A new eatery is headed for Main Street: Greko Street Food plans to open at 704 Main this summer, serving “classic Greek street food, with an emphasis on the meats that make it so distinct.”
“Spit-roasted for hours and brushed with our special blend of Greko herbs and spices, our meats are served to order a la carte, on top of greens, or inside of our house-baked fresh pitas,” the restaurant’s website offers as an appetite-whetter. (It's working.)
The building set to house Greko was last an office supplies place, kinda right at the midpoint between where the new Family Wash is and Eastside Station is perched.
Need new glasses? Look East
It’s looking (hey, pun!) like the old Lost Century vintage space on Gallatin will be getting new life soon as “your future destination for eyecare and designer eyewear,” Look East Eyecare and Eyewear.
According to Look East’s Facebook page, Doctor of Optometry Kathleen Brasfield’s new place will be opening up this year at 1011 Gallatin Avenue, and the ol’ tweeter tells us that, permits acquired, work began on the build-out early last month.
To keep up as Brasfield and Co. get ready to open, bookmark the Look East website, follow Look East on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook.
Neighbor-led help for healthy eaters
Are you among the health-devoted eaters who have a hard (or at least annoying) time finding local restaurants that suit your food needs? East Nashville health coach Holly Ladd (center, above) and some co-conspirators created a corner of the Internet for your ilk.
DineOutHealthy.com holds a restaurant database with a mix of regions — including ours, naturally — that’s searchable by health-focused category. Need to find GMO-free eats? Organic vegetables and fruits? Peanut/tree nut-free menu options? Vegan food? Search and ye shall find.
What with our varied restaurant/eatery options, a lot of East Nashville spaces will show up in your searches — Marche, Butcher & Bee, A.M.O.T. Eatery and many others enthusiastically cater to the health conscious.
Ladd’s own inspiration is clear enough — aside of her job, she also has a bunch of personal menu needs (including gluten intolerance) that kept her on a hunt for suitable places to eat. If you’ve shared her plight, take DineOutHealthy.com for a spin, and send her some thanks on the Dine Out Healthy Facebook page (or her health coach page).
Circuit Bending and more from Gallery Luperca
Neighborhood art stop Gallery Luperca has some events coming up that we thought were worth a good shout:
First, for the interior designers: The gallery’s launched a new monthly event for your kind called Wine & Design, where there’ll be wine and food and a good hang, along with lots of local art to peruse for your professional purposes.
The first is on Friday, March 18 from 1 to 8 p.m., and will feature large-scale oil paintings from current exhibitor Adam Higgins, along with other work from local artists. More info here. Gallery Luperca is located at 604 Gallatin Avenue.
And, for the nerds (meant with love): The Luperca folks have teamed up with media artist McLean Fahnestock for a workshop on Sunday, March 13 at Little Harpeth Brewing: Circuit Bending: Exactly What Your Mom Told You Not To Do As A Child.
During the class, you’ll learn the basics of taking apart simple electronic toys/gadgets and tweaking them to make bizarre and fascinating sounds. Tickets are $25, available via Eventbrite, workshop’s at 2 p.m., and Little Harpeth is located at 30 Oldham Street.
Clean up our neighborhood, literally
Been bummed about an increase in tossed-about junk around East Nashville lately? You’re not alone, and several neighborhood associations are working on cleanup days to keep our beloved streets a little less detritus-y.
One that’s already on the books: A Lockeland Springs cleanup day on April 23, starting at 9 a.m. Meetup will be at 8:30 a.m. in the East Branch Library Parking lot (206 Gallatin), and supplies will be provided.
If you’d like to pitch in, give an RSVP shout to firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Magnet High’s music program earns grant
Congrats go out to the young musicians at East Nashville Magnet High School, who just won a $500 Logan’s Roadhouse grant to help outfit their musical arsenal.
School officials, students and folks from the Roadhouse got together Wednesday at the school for an unveiling of the trademark Big Ol’ Check (pictured above). They’ll be using the funds for new mouthpieces and ligatures for saxophones, trumpets and clarinets.
Schools had to apply for the grant program, so applause goes out to the East educators who put the grant wheels in motion.
— Dress for Success Nashville is gearing up for its first sale of the year on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., here in the neighborhood at 2616 (2616 Gallatin), and could use volunteers to help, from personal shoppers to sorters and organizers. The organization aims to help women in need work toward economic independence, with support, professional attire and more. For more information or to volunteer, reach out to email@example.com.
— The Wednesday “Locals Love” 20-percent-off special at Little Octopus is back, but this time it’s not just for East Siders… If you hit the restaurant on a Wednesday (604 Gallatin Ave, Ste 202) and show your server that you’ve purchased the latest issue of The Contributor: boom, 20 percent off food (parties of four or less).
— East Nashville recently said goodbye to Nest 615 Antiques & Vintage (it was first on Fatherland, then on Gallatin), but worry not, it hasn’t closed. The shop just moved up to Madison, at 213 Brawner Avenue.
— East Side artisan chocolatier Chocolate F/X moved recently, but we’ve still got ’er — owner Andrea Smith just moved a few doors down, from 1006 Fatherland to 1004 Fatherland St., Suite 101. She’s hoping to open the doors at the new, larger space on Saturday.
— Pampered-pup-stuff provider Baxter Bailey & Co. moved into a neighboring space too. They’re open now at 1002 Fatherland Street, Suite 102 (also from 1006 Fatherland).
— Red Dog Beads is moving the first week of April, also nearby. The new location will be in The Idea Hatchery, at 1108 Woodland Street, Unit D. Meantime, at the old location (1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 206), they’re hosting a 30 percent off sale.
— East Nashville Sports’ spring kickball registration is now open; sign up at the ENS website. Wanna learn more about the neighborhood alternative sports league? Check out our East Nashville Sports feature.
— If you’d like to make Pomodoro East executive Chef Julia Wilson’s Pasta with Figs, Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Sauce at home, here’s the recipe.
— East Nashville breweries got a shout out in Fortune magazine’s recent roundup of great beer cities.
— For the donut lovers: If you buy a DOH Nashville T-shirt from the donuttery’s online store, you’ll get a half-dozen DOHnuts for free. (You can regularly find their artisan circles at Tower Market and Deli, 1305 Gallatin Avenue.)
— Need a massage? Massage East has a little deal going: $10 off any service during the month of March. Call Kathleen at 615-545-5536 to schedule somethin’. 709 Porter Road.
— Nashville Business Journal says a Chicago investor snagged the property that now houses the Limelight venue and Shoney’s down by the river.
— And listen, nobody hurt theyself during the ceremonial rolling of the eyes: Thrillist says East Nashville is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the country.
That’s all for this week. Have some East Nashville news to share? Please email Nicole.