This week, we’re welcoming a new market/deli and a new cafe to the neighborhood, encouraging neighbors to pitch in and help the Road Mangler and lots more.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
Tower Market and Deli gets ready to rise
If you’ve driven up the fine clogged artery known as Gallatin Avenue/Pike in recent months, you’ve likely noticed the fresh-and-so-clean beginnings of Tower Market and Deli, at 1305 Gallatin Avenue, near Douglas.
Been curious about what’s on the horizon, other than market and deli-type stuff? Good news: Those folks are getting ready to welcome you in on September 1, with … a mix of market and deli-type stuff.
Tower Market and Deli is, as we speak, in the middle of a soft opening, testing out recipes while they finish prepping and stocking. If you happen to stop by around lunch time, they might let you try something out — nice folks, these Tower folks.
We popped in to peep the early lunch menu and meet the powers at Tower, and while the shelves aren’t quite stocked yet, they’re already off to a fun start.
Styled after the corner delis any New York transplant will be all too familiar with, Tower Market and Deli has a large central deli station slinging sandwiches (from tuna and chicken salad to Philly cheese steaks), burgers and fried chicken, and a cozy market area that we’re told will be populated largely by local options, from milk and eggs to other market staples. They’ll have a coffee station up soon too (powered by Bongo), along with breakfast menu choices.
We got our hands on a roast beef melt on a hero with house-made chips, beef roasted right there on the flat top, chips dusted with a nice house-special seasoning. Early verdict: flavorful and fresh, and unpretentious — a jeans-and-T-shirt place with a locavore focus and super friendly staff. A welcome addition to the corridor, for sure.
When the doors swing open proper, hours will be 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. (7a to 9p on Sundays). For more, check out the Tower Market and Deli website.
The (East Side) People have spoken
In last week’s column, we mentioned how the folks (including us) behind new neighborhood outdoor movie hang Shelby Park Picture Show were asking for feedback about the films being shown on the high-resolution 14-by-24-foot LED screen.
Votes wrapped Thursday — you have spoken, and we have the top four films:
3) Toy Story
4) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The very first Shelby Park Picture Show movie, on Wednesday, August 26, will be Big; the others will follow on the subsequent SPPS nights (September 9 and 23, October 7).
“Doors” open at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with Big kicking off at 7:30, and there’ll be food trucks, a beer garden and lots more fun.
Admission to the Picture Show is on a donation basis, so you can contribute whatever you’d like to keeping the series going and to its partner nonprofits (SANDLOTT Sports and Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms).
The suggested donation for reserving a “seat” at the show, though, is $5, and you can toss in your funds ahead of time online, if you like.
For more details (and to all-around keep up with happenings), drop by the Shelby Park Picture Show website.
Divine Art Cafe opens on Gallatin
The hunk of Gallatin near West Eastland welcomed a new face this week, as the new Divine Art Cafe opened its doors on Tuesday, August 18, at 604 Gallatin Ave, Suite 109.
The new East Nashville business’ name might give a little indication: It’s more than your average food stop.
The Cafe grew out of Divine Art Toffee, a 501c3 nonprofit that uses its candy-making activities as part of a greater mission: “(providing) training and employment opportunities for disabled adults, the elderly, and those in recovery who would otherwise not have an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.”
They’re serving coffee, juice, panini sandwiches, and of course toffee, among other edibles/drinkables.
For more, drop by the Divine Art Toffee/Cafe website, or drop by the Cafe.
The Road Mangler needs our help
In our September/October 2013 “Music Issue,” we added our voice to the chorus of many, telling the tale of Nashville’s famed Road Mangler, as lovable and colorful a character as you'll find.
“‘Road Mangler’ Phil Kaufman is arguably the best-known road manager that has ever worked music’s highways, and his stories are intertwined with the stuff of legend,” the story, by multi-talented neighbor Heather Lose (her photo above, too), begins. And it’s true.
He’s “mangled” the likes of Emmylou Harris and Frank Zappa, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Joe Cocker, and famous Jackass Johnny Knoxville once played Kaufman in a movie about what’s maybe his most famous story — the fulfillment of a promise he made to Gram Parsons.
Today, Kaufman needs us to share a few stories with him — ideally, those stories should star folks named Jackson and Grant and Franklin, and be transferable for goods and services.
The GoFundMe campaign up now, aimed at aiding Kaufman, says it best:
“Here's the deal: Phil Kaufman, age 80, was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in July, 2015, on I-24, north of Nashville. He nearly died. The helmet saved his life, but it didn't keep his back from breaking, his right ankle from fracturing, or his ribs from cracking. …
“Phil can't work, he requires food and care, he's 80 years old, and he needs our help. He's a good person, and now is the time for good people to rally around him, to let him know that we care about him, and to send him some dough.”
It’s been a rough summer for the East Nashville music community. But we’ve been coming out in support of our ailing neighbors; let’s keep it up.
East Nashville neighbors win one meeeelion dollars
Did you know that the Tennessee Lottery has a “Play it Again” program, wherein big-fat-loser tickets can be re-lotteried? East Siders Joshua and Megan Henley are pretty glad they knew about it, since their big-fat-loser ticket just got turned into a million bucks, WKRN reports.
A truer case of “one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure” has never existed. Except sort of in this case it's one couple's garbage turns out to be that same couple's windfall.
Congratulations, Henleys. Next round’s on you?
Next Restaurant Week, coming up
The next Nashville Restaurant Week event — during which local independent restaurants share special menus and special prices with special diners — is running Monday, August 24, through Sunday, August 30. Which is soon.
East Nashville restaurants, as always, are in the mix, including Holland House and Two Ten Jack.
Check out the Nashville Originals website for a full rundown of what Restaurant Week is and which Nashville eateries are participating this go-round.
Wellness fair coming to Old Made Good
Back in June, we mentioned Homeroom615, a new learning-focused community center housed inside vintage/handmade haunt Old Made Good. They’ve been hosting lots of classes — on things like needlepoint and jewelry — and this month, they’ll put the focus on feeling good in the neighborhood.
Saturday, August 29’s Everything is Going to be OK wellness fair — a team-up between HR615 and integrative nutrition coaches group NashWell — mixes vendors and sampling and learning and lots of other stuff, all in the name of wellness.
"Come on by for a day full of stretching, mindfulness, water, baby food, organic stuff, seeds, juice, blenders, beads, meditation and tons of interesting things to help you beat those end-of-summer blues.”
The event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Old Made Good is located at 3701 Gallatin Pike, #B. For more info, visit the Everything is Going to be OK Facebook event page.
- Pop singer and East Nashville boutique owner Tiffany chatted with People magazine recently, talking some about her East Nashville boutique. “My goal is to provide fashion for real women – any size, any age. I'm budget conscious; my things don't cost a fortune. But it's a way for people to feel good about themselves, based on how they are dressed,” she says. Check it out. We talked with Tiffany about her East Nashville boutique a bit back, too.
- The Nashville Ledger takes on the subject of affordable homes, focusing on Franklin and East Nashville (specifically the proposed Pennington Cottages between Litton and Monetta), among other areas.
- A local developer is working on building a boutique hotel at 805 Main Street, with 64 rooms and a rooftop with a view. The proposed hotel’s name, Holiday Jones, also sounds kind of like a Tracy Morgan SNL character, which is fun. More from the Nashville Post.
- Remember how we mentioned that Diamond Star Halo Vintage had popped up at Hey Rooster through August 20? Good news: Its stay has been extended through Sunday, August 23. So hop on by 1106 Gallatin Avenue if you’d like to snag some vintage treasures.
That's all for this week. Got news? Hit Nicole with an email.