East Nashville News: The Wabash welcomes WeWork, Taco Fest approaches, a benefit for a local musician battling cancer and more


This week we’ve got big news from The Wabash, Nashville Taco Fest sizzles this weekend, a benefit for a local musician fighting cancer and plenty more.

Here’s the rub:

The Wabash welcomes WeWork

If you’ve been wondering about the goings on of The Wabash, erected on the corner of Woodland and South Ninth, wonder no more. It’s been announced that the building’s 25,000 square feet of office space will be home to WeWork, a global co-working space company. The former location of the old Fluffo mattress building will be able to accommodate up to 500 employees, providing private offices for all kinds of tenants, including freelancers, startup companies, and businesses. WeWork is also leasing a second location downtown at One Nashville Place (150 4th Ave N.), which will offer a more corporate-centered atmosphere with private offices and space for large events.  

Behind The Wabash are Dan Heller and March Egerton, some big time East Nashville developers. Jointly, Heller and Egerton own the building that houses Bar 308 and Sherwin-Williams paint store. Individually, Egerton is behind the Walden development (1882 Eastland Ave.), home to residential units and retail space with tenants Ugly Mugs, Wild Cow and others. Heller is the developer behind Riverside Village (1400 McGavock Pike), which houses Rudie’s Seafood and Sausage, Dose Coffee & Tea and more.

WeWork boasts an expansive network of offices, sprawling across major cities throughout the country. The company is eager to lay roots in Nashville and it seems significant that they’ve chosen the Eastside as a new home; the area appears to fit the bill for their brand. Heller said, “The vibe and culture of WeWork blends well with the East Nashville neighborhood. Coworking is more a trend than a fad; it really taps into the creativity, mobility, and entrepreneurial energy of this community. I think their clients will enjoy being close to Butcher & Bee, Edley’s BBQ, The Filling Station, and, at the end of the year, Federal Donuts.” Speaking of Federal Donuts—Michael Solmonov the chef behind the donut, fried chicken, and coffee establishment, recently won the 2017 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. Now we’re even more excited about getting our paws on those donuts.

The remaining 15,000 square feet of The Wabash will offer 4 to 6 retail spaces, including restaurants. The new retail spaces will line the bottom floor of the building, facing the Fluffo courtyard. One restaurant is already in talks with Heller to take over an available spot at The Wabash. However, they’re still looking for potential tenants in the development. There is more information about that on their website. Another thing East Nashvillians frustrated with the continuing parking problems around these parts might be excited about? The Wabash will have a garage with over 100 parking spots (smell ya later, parallel parking). Stayed tuned as more news funnels in about happenings at The Wabash—you can expect an opening date by the end of the year or early January 2018.


Inaugural Nashville Taco Fest spices things up this weekend

Bad hombres, here is something to taco about. The first ever Nashville Taco Fest will kick off this weekend at Nissan Stadium May 6 and 7 from 12 to 8 p.m. both days.

The fest will have over 15 taco titans folding up their best authentic recipes for everyone. If you get a particularly spicy bite, there will be some helado on site from Jeni’s and other frozen dessert makers to cool down your palate.

To keep the party shaking and moving, there will be live music and dance groups performing during both days, so we hope you know how to Salsa. They also have some fun contests planned, like a hot pepper eating competition and a best dressed Chihuahua fashion show.

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Benefit for local musician to be held at Family Wash this Sunday


Cancer sucks. But luckily, people don’t. This Sunday, May 7, The Family Wash (626 Main St. A) will host a benefit show to raise funds for local musician Joe Chesney. The evening will include a silent auction and musical performances. Chesney is battling bone cancer, but not alone. The funds raised through the event will help Chesney out with his medical bills over the coming months.

The night will kick off with a silent auction at 5 p.m., featuring a variety of local art, pottery, woodwork and gift cards to local businesses. Bring your wallet and be ready to bid—cash and checks only on all auction items. A handful of local musicians will play throughout the evening including Lucky U, The Bar Flies, Grizzly T and the Salvation, Young Breh and Watcher. The music will start around 6:30 p.m. Help out a neighbor while having a good time. If you can’t make it to the event, we urge you to make a donation to Joe’s fundraising You Caring page here.

Have it homebrewed at Exploring Home Brew


As evidenced by the menagerie of breweries that have cropped up all over East Nashville (and our city at large) in recent years, it’s pretty evident that the folks here like their beer and they like it craft. Some folks like to take that passion a step further. Home beer brewers from around the city will celebrate the art of the homebrewed beer on Friday, May 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. with a festival that’s centered around delicious, handcrafted ales.

Exploring Homebrew will be Nashville’s first ever festival heralding the art of the homebrewed brewski, pouring them out at an apropos place for beer drinking, the American Legion Post 82 (3204 Gallatin Pike). So, water+grains+hops+yeast=beer, but what happens in between to make that stuff so dang delicious? You can find out at this event. Homebrew enthusiasts are invited to sample beers from local homebrewers and cast votes for their top choices. Whether it’s a lager, stout, pale ale or pilsner you desire—you’ll be able to choose your favorite cold one.

Early bird tickets to the event are now on sale for $25, which will get you unlimited samples, BBQ sliders, and a souvenir glass that we imagine will be perfect for sipping suds at home. DJ Black Circle will also be spinning vinyl tunes all night to keep the hops party hopping. Proceeds from the evening will benefit East Nashville’s Explore! Community School—so you can drink in good conscience. Now that’s something to get hoppy about. 

Quick Bits:

A pivotal vote on legislation that would phase out non-owner occupied short-term rental properties was delayed for another two weeks after much deliberation on Tuesday, May 2. 

Mayor Megan Barry is ready for a light rail system in our city and wants it to start on Gallatin Pike. Wonder what that means for East Nashville and what it would look like? More from The Tennessean.

Don’t feel like getting out to make that beer run? No worries. Mini Bar Delivery is a new alcohol-delivery service that will bring beer and liquor straight to your doorstep. Get $10 off your first order with our code: EASTNASHVILLIAN

Visit our good friends across the river at Sevier Park Fest this weekend, May 5 and 6. There will be live music Friday night kicking off at 6 p.m., but you’ll need a ticket for Friday's concert. Saturday’s festivities are free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Brewmasters at Southern Grist are movin’ on up. The local brewery is opening a second location in The Nations (following the example set by Project 615). They’ll soon have two taprooms and a lot more space for making the good stuff. 

Breathing new life into the former Horner Rausch Optical Space is a trio effort from Marathon Pilates, p3nashville, and bWell massage at 966 Main St. We wrote up on the soon-to-be open space a few months ago right here on the blog and it seems like things are moving along swimmingly. You can expect a June opening date.

Don’t forget that DancEast will host “The Bridge,” an evening of dance featuring their student performance groups and guest presentations, on Sunday, May 7 at Tennessee Performing Art Center’s Polk Theater. Get your tickets here.

That’s all, folks. Got tips? Email Emma.



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