You might’ve noticed that this news column took a few weeks off, so this week, we’re catching up on some fun stuff that happened in recent weeks/is happening in the coming weeks, from musical successes to new neighborhood business openings. Hope you didn’t miss our ramblings too much. (Or, well, hope you did, actually?)
On to the latest bit of East Nashville news:
John Corabi and Friends gather many toys for many tots
This year’s installment of former Mötley Crüe voice John Corabi’s annual Toys for Tots benefit went down at Drifters BBQ last Friday, and news of the night’s haul is quite festive. Attendees offered up a total of $15,000 in gifts and cash donations — a full 50 percent increase from last year’s event. That means lots of holiday cheer for lots of deserving kids.
Above, some photos from the show, captured by Ron Coons.
Congrats on that Grammy nod, Jay Joyce
We shared many words in a recent issue about super-producer Jay Joyce, his East Nashville studio and his varied credits (from Eric Church to Cage the Elephant). Here’s another couple of words: Big fat congrats.
The recently announced Grammy nominations had Joyce’s name in there, in the Producer of the Year, Non-Classical category, alongside Max Martin (Taylor Swift, Katy Perry), Paul Epworth (Paul McCartney) and others.
We will, of course, be cheering loudly when the The 57th Annual Grammy Awards go down on February 8 in Los Angeles.
New East Nashville openings
Over the past handful of weeks, we’ve seen a slew of new neighborhood businesses open their doors, from new/long-talked-about food stops to clothing shops. A few of the fresh faces you can visit:
THE LOCAL TACO
The East Nashville outpost of growing, eclectic Tex-Mex mini-chain The Local Taco opened up on Black Friday at 1100 Fatherland St., Suite 104, after many months of chatter and anticipation. They serve a broad selection of tacos — from more traditional carnitas to Korean BBQ and Buffalo chicken — along with creative enchiladas, salads and specials that change daily. For more, visit the Local Taco website.
RUDIE'S SEAFOOD, SAUSAGE AND TAPROOM
Another long-anticipated East Nashville eatery, Rudie’s — the new face from the Mitchell Delicatessen team, located at 1402 McGavock Pike, in the old Mitchell Deli/Sip Cafe spaces — opened its doors on Black Friday too. The Riverside Village restaurant’s offerings fit the name: You’ll see items like beer brats and house-made hot dogs along with a selection of oysters and other seafood options. Rudie’s just announced some new hours, if you’re planning on giving it a go: 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. For the time being, follow Mitchell to keep up with Rudie’s.
HANG THE MOON CONSIGNMENT
Yet another Black Friday opening, Hang the Moon consigns and sells vintage and newer clothing, accessories and home goods at 1108 Gallatin Ave. More at the Hang the Moon Facebook page.
After a foundation-building stretch as an online-only boutique, women’s clothing shop Vinnie Louise opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in the neighborhood a little over a month ago, sharing “stylishly selected” and “affordably edited” ladies wear (see above photo). The shop is located at 729 Porter Rd., in the Porter East hub alongside Pony Show, Pomodoro East and others. For more, keep up with the Vinnie Louise Instagram.
Neighborhood businesses opening/reopening soon
If you’ve been following our news columns in recent months, you’ve heard more than a few mentions of certain East Side businesses opening soon, and then… not opening. Sometimes dotting Ts and crossing Is, when city/biz stuff is involved, can be complicated. But it’s looking good for these folks:
Good chance you noticed in recent months that The Fuselage — an art/decor/jewelry/more shop down on Gallatin near Barista Parlor — has been shuttered. Not for good, of course — just for a move around the way, renovation and change in ownership. The shop hosts its grand reopening this Saturday, Dec. 13, at 521 Gallatin, Suite 1. Expect lots of new offerings from new vendors, plus food, wine and live music. The opening celebration runs from noon to 8 p.m. More on their Facebook event page (and more on the new Fuselage soon).
A Matter of Taste (now AMOT Eatery) — set for 1100 Fatherland, Suite 101 — is just about ready to start slinging gluten-free lunch, dinner and brunch. They’re training staff, have their beer license in hand and are expecting wine right about now, and have next week on the books for an open date (hopefully). Keep up on Facebook.
CULT FICTION UNDERGROUND
Having moved out from under Logue’s Black Raven Emporium, Cult Fiction Underground’s been set to open up at their larger location, 1048 E Trinity Ln., for a good few minutes now. After much codes-wrangling related to sprinklers, the expected opening date has been pushed back to early in the new year. But meetings with officials were going down this week — with more to come, of course — so we may get a firm(ish) announcement soon. Keep up over at Cult Fiction Underground’s Facebook page.
Nashville Piano Rescue location closing
Following up arrivals with a departure: Nashville Piano Rescue, whose East Side storefront is in the Riverside Village area, won’t be locked down in the neighborhood too much longer. A message from the Rescuers:
“We will not be renewing our lease due to the monkey business sale of the place to developers. We've already lost lots of business due to business disruption.”
Those folks are in the process of opening a new location in Kentucky, and will be back in the area for events and such. Keep up on Facebook.
Fishy additions at Porter Road Butcher
Love grabbing your land-borne meats from Porter Road Butcher? You’ll have aquatic options to choose from now, too.
If you’re in the market for sustainable seafood options (salmon, halibut and king crab), ask the folks at either PRB location (the East Side’s is 501 Gallatin) about their new fish additions. They introduced seafood offerings about a week ago, sharing lots of detail about their decision and their provider.
Famous faces and fun events at Riverwood Mansion
New management at Inglewood’s elegant Riverwood Mansion have been steadily spreading the word about opening the doors to the community more, and they’ve backed it up, from events like Local Fest to pop-ins from famous country faces like Lady Antebellum.
The latest bit from the latter camp: Country voice Sara Evans stopped by the Mansion to shoot a new video for her oddly upbeat break-up song "Put My Heart Down" (which you can watch above).
Don’t care much about that? Here are some other tidbits/chances to ogle that lovely manse, coming up:
Via a collaboration with Unbound Arts, regular arts events are now on the Riverwood Mansion schedule.
Among them: monthly Jazz at Riverwood Mansion celebrations featuring performances from local jazz talents. These go down every second Thursday, and include beer, wine and food from 8 Lavender Lane Catering for a $10 cover.
Another regular event: monthly art shows on the third Thursday of each month. The next one has a bit of a macabre twist: December 18’s Dark Arts Holiday Masquerade Ball lets you take a break from all that’s merry and bright to get a little “whimsically dark.” There’ll be art, dancing, live music and more, and — it being a ball and all — elegant dress is required. You can snag a mask at the door, though.
East Nashville: full of class(es)
A few learning/practicing opportunities to look out for in the neighborhood:
Nashville Community Darkroom — a neighborhood non-profit spreading the good word about/love of print photography — will be hosting some cool classes in the coming weeks that’ll be of interest to neighbors who’d like to step outside the ones and zeroes.
On December 15, there’s an Introduction to Black & White Film Development, aimed at providing students with “the basic skills to develop their own rolls of film for either scanning or printing in the darkroom.” The class runs 6 to 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $15-$25.
December 16 brings an Introduction to Black & White Printmaking, “a hands-on, step-by-step guide for making black and white prints in the darkroom.” Same time, same prices. Tickets here.
Keep up with other upcoming classes at the Nashville Community Darkroom website.
Our friends at Kali Yuga Yoga are spreading the holiday cheer with four free upcoming classes:
Saturday, Dec. 13, 3 to 4 p.m. with Nina Gilbert
Sunday, Dec. 14, noon to 1 p.m. with Pat Blankenship
Saturday, Dec. 20, 3 to 4 p.m. with Arielle St. Pe
Sunday, Dec. 21, noon to 1 p.m. with Kelly Bond
Kali Yuga is located at 1011 Fatherland. For more, visit Kali Yuga Yoga on Facebook.
Y’all got a bundle of joy on the way? East Nashville Family Medicine will be hosting a new childbirth class that’ll allow you to not leave the neighborhood to learn about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum experience. Teacher Lauren Cardwell will share a mix of different approaches during her BirthCare childbirth class, held Sundays at 2 p.m., January 11 through March 1. For more info, visit Lauren’s website.
Another chance to capture your pets with Santa
We mentioned the free Santa/pet photos at Spot’s Pet Supply recently, and from what we hear from the Spot’s-leading Baker brothers, it was a big, furry success — more than 150 people and about 200 dogs (and two cats) came in for their close-up with Kris Kringle. (A little piece of community-submitted cuteness above; the pro photos are coming soon.)
If you missed your chance at Spot’s, though, you’re not totally out of luck. Davidson County Farmer’s Co-op, at 3511 Dickerson Rd., is hosting pet photo ops with Santa the next two Saturdays, Dec. 13 and 20 from noon to 3 p.m., as a fundraising effort for Dogs Deserve Better (you’ll get digital images with your minimum $5 donation). You also have the option of swinging by early, 9 to 11 a.m., for free photos. Drop by the Farmer’s Co-op Facebook page for more.
That's all for this week. As always, we'd love to hear any East Nashville news you'd like to share.