We're hard at work on our November/December issue, the official tour guide for the Lockeland Springs "A Celebration of Home" home tour -- and one of our biggest and best-loved issues if the year. (Give Lisa McCauley a shout if you're looking to get an ad in that issue.)
Meantime, fun news still abounds around here, including lots of neighborhood stuff to do, new restaurants and worthy fundraisers and lots more. Take a look at the latest crop of East Nashville News bits we dug up:
Treehouse Opens on Clearview
The much-talked about Treehouse restaurant at 1011 Clearview opens its doors this weekend. The space's soft opening runs today and Saturday, Oct. 12, with the grand opening on Monday Oct. 14.
The decor -- apropos to the name -- features lots of reclaimed wood and homey touches. The kitchen, led by chef Todd Alan Martin, will serve up dishes inspired by the cuisines of Texas, Central and South America and Asia, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Take a peep at the Treehouse Facebook page to peruse photos of the whole build-out process -- it's been wild to watch unfold.
New Mexican Restaurant in the Works
In other new-restaurant news: Keep an eye on 972 Main St., which is set to become Five Points Cocina Mexicana in the near future.
No opening date yet, but the folks behind the new eatery snagged their building permit earlier this month, so it's on the move. Hints toward the menu offerings so far: "All your favorite dishes and beverages!" So bear that in mind.
Feast Becomes Prime 23
Just in case you were wondering what was set to replace the now-shuttered Feast over at 5th & Main: Prime 23 Sports Lounge is in the works. Haven't heard an official opening yet, but it'll be interesting to see the response to this new approach, since the eateries that worked with that space prior have all angled toward the upscale crowd.
Heads Up: The E.N.D. is Coming
This year marks the launch of the East Nash Dash at Five Points, planned as an annual four-mile run through our neighborhood. E.N.D. No. 1 is set for Saturday, Oct. 19, kicking off at 9 a.m., and some road closures may affect you if you live in the area. Take a look at the image below (here's an embiggened version) for street closures and other details, and visit the East Nash Dash website for more info.
Fundraising Under Way for Pet Clinic
A team of animal lovers is working on funding a high-volume, high-quality and low-cost spay/neuter clinic in East Nashville, with the hope of drastically reducing the number of shelter animals in our area. Organizers are working through a clinic mentoring program with the Humane Alliance, and if funds are raised, the aim is to open in the spring of 2014. Their IndieGogo page has more info, and various donor options.
With October comes Oktoberfests
Hard to complain about a bunch of Oktoberfests/fests in October/fests in general.
First, on Saturday, Oct. 12, Hot Yoga of East Nashville hosts Yogtoberfest: An Outdoor Yoga And Beer Festival.
There will be yoga. And beer. And festivizing. More specifically: A Power Flow yoga class starts at 5 p.m., and music and food/drinks from Fat Bottom Brewing, Edley's East and The Crying Wolf will be on hand.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, Rosebank Neighbors hosts an Oktoberfest potluck with brats, beer, yard games and the opportunity to share your fall culinary concoctions with your neighbors.
It starts at 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Lutheran Church (1211 Riverside), and diners should plan to bring a dish (or hit up RosebankNeighborhood@gmail.com if you'd prefer to bring a game or other non-food contribution). Check the Rosebank Oktoberfest Facebook event page for more.
Partake in Food and Wine While Giving to Local Kids
The Dan Mills Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization is in the middle of a (so far quite successful) fundraising initiative to bring new tech tools to those East Nashville titans of the future.
One part of that initiative teams the PTO with Porter Road eatery Cafe Fundamental, local chocolatiers Olive & Sinclair and Banfi Vintners, and allows you to partake while you give. Sunday, Nov. 3's Chocolate & Wine Tasting at Cafe Fundamental comes with a $50 donation, and includes hors d’oeuvres and chocolate and wine pairings presented by O&S’s Jason Thompson and Mike Bassow. There are still 15 spots left -- snag more info and donate at IAmDanMills.com.
Lots more coming up with us in the coming months, and lots more news to share in the future. Suggestions/tips? Drop a line!