East Nashville News: Smith & Lentz is open, a peek inside The Station and more

We’ll start this week’s East Nashville News column with a heartfelt reminder to tell your neighbors how much you love them. Not, like, in person (eew), but by nominating them for East Nashvillian of the Year.
To do so: email lisaeastnash@gmail(dotcom) by Tuesday, November 10, with your nominee(s) and why you’re choosing to nominate them.
You have two categories for which to nom:
- Business, honoring a business or business owner that this year “portrayed the best of what East Nashville has to offer.”
- And Citizen, honoring an East Sider who “symbolizes what being a good East Nashville neighbor means.”
Shout at Lisa, love your neighbors, and take a spin through our last East Nashvillian of the Year issue to get a reminder of the 2014 honorees.
And now, on to this week’s news:

Smith & Lentz is here, and there is beer

Back in April we got to talking about Smith & Lentz Brewing, one of three new craft breweries set to set up shop on our side of the river.
Fun related almost-Halloween news: S&L’s brewery and taproom, housed in the former Worm’s Way building at 903 Main, is now open and serving.
They’re currently open Tuesday through Thursday 4 to 10 p.m., Friday 2 to 10 p.m. and Saturday noon to 10 p.m., but brewing partner Kurt Smith tells us that the hours “could likely change some as we figure out our business.”
Their beer business, as it stands now: Smith says a few Smith & Lentz beers will always be available, with others filling out the remainder of the 11 taps they have now (that should grow to 20 in about a year). 
“To open, we have two different IPAs, a session ale, oatmeal stout and a Bavarian Hefeweizen,” he says. “We have a German Pils, Vienna Lager and Baltic Porter lagering that should all be on in a few weeks.”
If you’d like your S&L brews to go, they’re also offering growlers, and hope to have small bottle releases down the pike, sold only from the taproom. 
Openings are always a big thing, but it’s been a particularly colorful process for Smith and brewery co-captain Adler Lentz, as their original location downtown burned just as they were beginning the build-out process. Put back on the hunt for a home, Smith & Lentz looked East.
“A learning experience at our first location is that the sense of a community was non-existent, except for a couple breweries nearby (which were extremely supportive and helpful),” Smith says. “I live in East Nashville and Adler ends up spending a lot of time in the neighborhood, so it was a target area of ours when we got another chance for real estate. We hope our taproom becomes a meeting place for our neighbors and is something they become proud of.”
Stay tuned for news of a grander opening celebration to come.
To learn more about what they’re doing and why, visit the Smith & Lentz website.

Get a sneak peek of The Station

Back in June, we talked some about commercial and residential interior design company Karen Goodlow Designs’ plans for revamping the long-empty, fire-ravaged circa-1938 fire hall No. 18 on Gallatin. Goodlow’s been hard at work turning the building, now known as The Station, into a “place for creativity, community, and coffee” (specifically, that’ll include art studios and offices, a retail showroom with art, home decor and more). On Thursday, November 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., we’re invited to take a sneak peek inside.
“The Station's Launch Team cordially invites you to share an intimate evening and an amazing journey. From dark images of neglect and deterioration, to inspirational visions of the future. Join us as we honor Nashville's historic past and bring an important part of NFD history back to life. Let your curiosity and passion lead you through the archway into an evening you'll remember for years to come.”
The peek party is set to include local appetizers/desserts/wine and other beverages and an opportunity to explore a building that many of us agree has been quite the looker, despite its damage, and that’s well on the way to coming back to life.
Tickets, which run $43.19, are on sale now. Proceeds will help support the fire hall's renovation and benefit Historic Nashville, Inc's work to preserve our city’s historic structures.

Go behind the scenes at historic East End Methodist Church

From one historic East Nashville structure to another: If you’d enjoy learning about/exploring one of the neighborhood’s loveliest old ladies, Historic Nashville is hosting a behind-the-scenes tour of the 125-year-old East End Methodist Church on Saturday, November 7.
Located at 1212 Holly, the church, like East Nashville, is as tough as it is pretty.
From the event invite: “It has survived the 1916 East Nashville fire and both the 1933 and 1998 tornadoes.” (They neglect to mention but it also survived the 2011 cicada invasion and the wandering East Nashville goat and wayward bees and lots of other stuff.)
Learn more about the church at the East End Methodist website, and get in on the tour by snagging a ticket online. They’re free, and the event’s set to run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Homa’s Southern Cuisine opens on Dickerson

If you love a meat-and-three, here’s some good news for you: New East Side spot Homa’s Southern Cuisine opened in early October at 1201 Dickerson Pike in 37207, serving tried-and-true staples — pulled pork, mac and cheese and more.
Many of the recipes come from the restaurant’s namesake, owner Dwanna Murphy’s grandmother Lahoma, a.k.a. Homa.
Homa’s is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 to 11, Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more, keep up on the Homa’s Southern Cuisine Facebook page.

A Hub for East Nashville parents and kids in the works

East Nashvillians raising small people: How’s this sound?
“An East Nashville hangout focused on parents and the friends who miss them.”
Interest piqued? How ’bout this?
“The Hub will be an East Nashville neighborhood restaurant that gives parents a place to hang and kids a place to play. We didn’t stop being social animals when we had kids but options for a meal or meet-up are limited when the kids are in tow.
“We promise The Hub won’t have an animatronic band and microwave pizza. Our goal is to make The Hub the local watering hole for the whole family unit. There will be fun stuff for the kids (like an outdoor playscape and indoor stuff), a fantastic menu, cold beer, and other amenities to make going out fun again. We also plan on hosting live music, puppet shows, movie nights, and other events to make The Hub an integral part of raising an East Nashville family.”
Real talk on the personal front from someone wrangling an 8-month-old: YASSS.
This neighborhood hang is still in its infancy (sorry), and as they gear up, the braintrust behind it wants some feedback. A customer survey is up now on TheHubEastNashville.com, and the results will be used for loan packet purposes, so if you’re feeling intrigued, drop by and share some thoughts.
Beyond, keep up with what’s happening with the project on The Hub’s Facebook page and website.

Red Arrow guest curates at OZ Arts

Some good news for neighbors who love Riverside Village’s local art-supporting Red Arrow Gallery: While the gallery folks continue to prep for their move to a new space at 919 Gallatin, they won’t be going dormant — they’ll take up residence at OZ Arts on the west side of town.
November 5 through December 30, OZ will host a group show featuring the work of 24 artists (including Nashville’s Kate Krebs, Daniel Holland and Mikewindy, all of whom Red Arrow frequenters will recognize), curated by Red Arrow owner Katie Shaw.
“This collaboration provides Red Arrow with a much-needed outlet during our transition to a new space,” says a release from Shaw and co-owner Sarah Paul.
A free exhibition opening and artist reception at OZ is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 5.
OZ Arts is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN 37209. For more, visit the OZ Arts website.

Need a T-day turkey? Turn to your neighborhood Boy Scout troop

Since it’s almost November, it’s right about time to start thinking thoughts of turkey time. The idea of cooking one bumming you out? A boy scout is always prepared.
Boy Scout Troop 3 (which meets at East End Methodist, coincidentally enough) is gearing up for its annual Turkey Fry, and if you’d like a Cajun fried turkey from those fine fellows, you can put your reservation in now.
The 12- to 14-pound birds are cooked in 100 percent peanut oil, and run $55. Turkey pick-up day, conveniently, is Wednesday, November 25. 
The cool thing about buying your bird through the boys: You not only get out of cooking, but the funds raised go toward equipment and to help individual scouts pay for outings. That right there earns you a merit badge in helpfulness.

Great Escape Madison is moving

If we may look a bit north to Madison for a second: After 33 years in the same strip mall up that way, The Great Escape is moving, albeit close by — to 105 Gallatin Rd. N., in the former BuyBacks building just across the parking lot.
It’s a larger space (6,000 square feet), and it’s set to open on November 9, with lots of new items, from official Sun Records merch to a larger selection of magazines, sheet music, books, plus more vinyl, comic books and more. 
A grand reopening celebration is in the works, with details to be shared soon.


- Relatively new East Side food stop (with a purpose) Divine Art Cafe has a new songwriter’s night series, which kicked off Thursday, and will run Thursdays through Thanksgiving. “EATS & Coffee” at 6, music at 7. More on Divine Art here.
- The folks at GLOW Skincare (1013 Fatherland) are hosting two ‎coolsculpting events: Friday, November 6 at 5 p.m., Sunday, November 8 at noon. Involved: demos, giveaways, consultations, ‎margaritas, snacks. 
- Hey look, new crows at 3 Crow. Three of ’em, in fact. 
That’s it for this week. As always, we welcome news submissions. Email Nicole.

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