Welcome to fall weather, friends, and another week of neighborhood news. To start off, we’re looking toward the winter a little — our Nov/Dec issue, specifically.
If you’d like to get an ad in those pages, there’s still some space available, but time is growing short — reach out to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to talk about it.
Bonuses to note: This one has our holiday Gift Guide and Service Directory, which are value-adds for our advertisers and end up being reference guides that are referred to long after the magazines are off the racks. You can get acquainted with last year’s here. (Pictured above: always-giftable ukes from our friends at Fanny's.)
With that, the latest East Nashville News:
Jamie Rubin parts ways with Family Wash
After 15 years, two East Nashville locations and countless shepherd’s pies, The Family Wash founder Jamie Rubin is parting ways with the staple East Side business.
A statement from Rubin:
When I opened The Family Wash 15 years ago, it would’ve been impossible to imagine where the journey would lead. It’s strange to realize, looking back now, that what I named the joint would come to so perfectly sum up that journey, because it really has been all about bringing together one great big family.
Everyone who ever worked at The Wash, all the musicians who ever graced its stage, the regulars, and one-time visitors just passing through from afar — all of you became part of that family. Without you there would be no “family” in The Family Wash. It was you who made the journey so special and magical for me.
It is with a heavy heart and more than a little sadness that I have to announce it’s time for me to move on. In writing this swan song, the final page in this chapter of my life, I’m buoyed by the knowledge that this beautiful, wonderful family will always be a part of me. No doubt many of you will be along for the ride into the next chapter of my life.
None of us know where our roads will lead, which is why family and community are so important to me. We help each through the hard times and celebrate the good times — together. For this, I will be forever grateful.
The restaurant/venue opened in 2002 in a converted laundromat on Greenwood Avenue (now home to Vinyl Tap). In its years in that location and in its current space, 626A Main Street, the Wash became a home base for East Side musicians and a comfortable spot for above-bar comfort food.
Friend and longtime Wash stage-sharer Reeves Gabrels captured the heart of the longstanding East Nashville business in a 2015 piece in The East Nashvillian’s pages:
“Jamie created a spot he thought was cool,” Gabrels said. “That it became the musicians hangout in East Nashville — that was not his intention, but that’s also Jamie! He draws musicians to him, because he is one — and he understands. So by creating a place that’s a lot like his parents’ basement [where the two recorded as young men], he made a spot where we were all happy. It felt comfortable to hang there.”
No word yet of any changes coming to The Family Wash in the wake of Rubin’s departure. It’s currently open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. More at familywash.com.
Elizabeth Cook shows off Yazoo collab at fundraising Chili Cook Off
Weather’s getting chilly, so let's get chili: This Saturday, Oct. 21 at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, East Nashville’s own Elizabeth Cook hosts a Chili Cookoff, and we’re all invited.
Elizabeth Cook's Yazoo Outlaw Chili Cook Off was planned partly as a fundraiser for MusiCares (a Recording Academy charity for musicians in need), partly as, obviously, a celebration of chili, but also as an introduction to El Lagarto, a team-up between Cook and Nashville craft-beer mainstay Yazoo Brewing Company.
The new brew, christened with the Spanish word for Lizard, is “an unfiltered wheat beer spiced with Everglades herbs, inspired by Elizabeth’s central Florida home.” It’s existence is a charity endeavor too: According to a release, half the revenues from El Lagarto sales will go to the Music Health Alliance, aimed at helping local musicians with health care needs.
The event rundown says
registration deadline for chili chefs has already passed UPDATE from Cook: "You can ABSOLUTELY still enter the chili cookoff. Just be at Dee’s at 3:30 pm with ~4qts in a crockpot and $10 cash!"
Those of us who’d like to grab something spicy to wash down with El Lagarto Saturday are also still in luck. Bowls and beer will be available for purchase at the party, with proceeds going to MusiCares.
The doors open at Dee’s (102 E. Palestine Avenue in Madison) at 3 p.m., and live music will start going at 4 (with Natchez Tracers, Trevor Clark Trio and more, as well as some promised special guests and surprises).
Silent auctions and raffles are in the works too (a Widespread Panic-signed guitar is one of the items up for grabs), with, again, proceeds going to MusiCares.
Check out more at the Elizabeth Cook's Yazoo Outlaw Chili Cook Off! Facebook event page. Go hungry/thirsty, and maybe bring TUMS.
‘Luxury nail salon’ Cured on the way
If you enjoy being pampered, here’s another new East Nashville business you might want to look out for: CURED Nails, a “luxury nail salon” offering “a broad variety of nail services and products with unique menu offerings customizable to each client's needs,” is aiming to open this fall at 813 Gallatin Avenue.
The “love child” of salon owners Mallory McIlwain and Melissa Bednarik, CURED has been in the works on the East Side since the spring, and as you can see from the before/after Instagram captures above, they’ve made significant progress (though McIlwain noted this month that it’ll still likely be a few more months until the doors open).
The gist: McIlwain and Bednarik “saw a void in Nashville for a salon where customer service and cleanliness mirrors the expectations of a luxury spa experience. We believe that getting your nails done should be an enjoyable, relaxing experience where the customer feels completely at ease and relaxed knowing that not only is your service quality a priority, but also the sanitation and your well-being.”
If you’d like to get familiar and follow along as they move toward opening, check out CURED Nails on Instagram and/or Facebook, and drop by curednails.com.
Main Street Citgo set to go?
A lot of question marks with this one, but an interesting note from the Nashville Post nonetheless: They reported this week that the Citgo gas station and market at 500 Main Street, across from Fifth & Main, was listed for sale and marked as pending.
What does that mean for the gas stop, long sitting at what’s something of an entryway to East Nashville from downtown? Not sure, yet; broker/buyers weren’t reachable, the Post said — but redevelopment is certainly possible in that prime location. Another fascinating fact the Post shared:
“According to Metro records, the family acquired it in 1952 for $3,750, likely making it one of the most long-held commercial properties by a family in Nashville.” With a listing at $1.75 million asking, probably not a bad return, there.
— Five Points Pizza’s next Free Slice Night is set: October 24 from 5 to 7 p.m., a slice of cheese or pepperoni is on the house. Expect a line. Probably a long one.
— Extra fun, extra funky: The one and only Bootsy Collins is coming to East Nashville on October 26, for Funky Good Time Celebrates the release of Bootsy Collins' 'World Wide Funk' at The Basement East (also a celebration of Bootsy’s 66th birthday). Tickets are on sale now. At the show, Fugitive Spirits — whose whiskeys are distilled at East Sider Bruce Boeko’s Nashville Craft distillery — will be sharing a limited, 100-bottle “Bootsy Barrel” selection of their new Grandgousier Tennessee Whiskey. October 27 until they’re done, you can also grab the booze at Nashville Craft, 514 Hagan Street.
— Planning on exploring western climes this weekend? You might wanna make your way to The Nations for the Light the Nations festival, 4 to 10 p.m., for music, vendors, kids activities and a whole bunch more. A big, free West Nashville block party that East Nashvillians are welcome at. More at lightthenations615.com.
— If you’re around our side of the river on Saturday, Oct. 21, over at the stadium, the Bacon & Beer Classic is set to run noon to 4 p.m., with more than 50 craft beers, more than 25 bacon dishes, games, music and more. Tickets are onsale online now.
— A big happy first birthday to East Nashville’s own specs-slingers Look East, at 1011 Gallatin Avenue. Presents for us: They’re offering 25 percent off sunglasses through October 31. More at lookeastnashville.com.
— For the lil East Nashvillians: The newly reopened Her Bookshop (at 1043 West Eastland Avenue) hosts its very first Storytime this Saturday at 10 a.m. Gonna be a regular thing at the shop, and it’s free. More here.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.