Quick first thing: Don't forget, if you have some folks who you think deserve East Nashvillian of the Year honors, nominations are due On Monday, Nov. 26, and all it takes is an email. More info on how to nominate here.
Then: Happy Thanksgiving, East Nashville. Some fun food news for your T-day week, plus lots of music, and little bit of a metaphysical matter.
On to this week’s crop of East Nashville news:
Indian reboot in the works at eDESIa
Earlier this week, East Nashville restaurant eDESIA shut its doors — but if you’ve become a fan of the new fusion restaurant, which opened this summer in the former Rumours East space, worry not: It’s good news.
The shuttering is temporary, and part of a revamp. GM Sathyan Gopalan tells us that significant renovations are in the works, including a kitchen expansion, new flooring, a new bar, and a revamp of the back patio.
More good news for folks who particularly took to the Indian side of their Indian-Italian fusion menu: Gopalan says that, with the reopening, eDESIa’s menu will be “90 percent Indian”-focused, reflecting his own background (and the home of his other ventures, which include boutique hotel Sunshine Guest House and the Global Watch Foundation Children’s Home, both in Tiruvannamalai, India).
Current plans are to have eDESIa reopen, serving, and “full of surprises” at 1112 Woodland St. in mid-January.
If you’d like to learn more about the East Nashville restaurant’s early approach — and leader Gopalan’s background — check out the eDESIa feature story in our new Food & Drink issue.
Grimey’s hosts Prine, Fox, Womack events
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music is settling into East Nashville comfortably, and if they gave us the opportunity to book their late-November event lineup ourselves, it’d probably look exactly like it currently does.
Coming up on the Grimey’s schedule: On Saturday, Nov. 24, journalist, author and longtime East Nashvillian (and regular East Nashvillian contributor) Randy Fox celebrates the release of his new book, out this week, called Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story, “a history of the Nashville-based label that released the electrifying sounds of groovin' jump blues, Southern-fried rock ’n’ roll, fervent black gospel and simmering Louisiana swamp blues straight outta Music City USA in the ’50s & ’60s.”
The tome is part of BMG Books’ RPM Series on the history of classic record labels, and Fox pulled it together through deep research and loads of interviews, all focused on shedding light on a seminal label that, decades back, underlined Nashville’s place as a music hub that flexes well beyond country.
Fox heads to Grimey’s Saturday for a book reading and signing, with fellow Nashville journalist Ron Wynn leading an interview with the author, which’ll be followed by an audience Q&A, a signing, and a bunch of Excello releases getting spun by WXNA DJ Paul Glavin.
The event kicks off at 5 p.m., and admission is free (free beer if you’re of age, too). For more, check out the Excello Records Book Reading/Signing Event page. Google Books has a few more details about the book and the author.
On Monday, Nov. 26, songwriting legend (and Sept./Oct. East Nashvillian cover subject) John Prine heads to 1060 East Trinity Ln. for his own Q&A and signing, set up for 600 fans who preordered his latest album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, at the local shop.
Then on Tuesday, Nov. 27, another Nashville writer/regular East Nashvillian contributor (and revered musician), Tommy Womack, swings by Grimey’s to celebrate the release of his new book, dust bunnies.
This one is Womack’s first work of non-fiction since his much-praised 1995 book Cheese Chronicles, and it’s billed as “a wildly irreverent, wickedly entertaining tale about ADD, alcohol, Jesus, rehab, small-town Kentucky, depression, Tourette’s, masturbation, rock ’n’ roll, life on the road, and way off the road.” So, all the key stuff.
Womack will read from/sign copies of the book and perform, and the event kicks off at 7 p.m. Also free. More at Grimey’s’ Facebook event page.
New additions at Retrograde
A little bit of fun from the folks at Retrograde Coffee, which opened over the summer at 1305 Dickerson Pike:
Come Dec. 3, they’ll be broadening their menu on both the food and beverage front, adding house-made breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and pouring a fresh selection of wine and beer, with a wine list curated by well-known Nashville consultant Robin Riddell Jones of Tavola, who’s also worked with the likes of Josephine and The Catbird Seat, among others.
The new menu additions come with expanded hours: Retrograde will be broadening Monday-Friday hours to 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (Saturdays, they’re open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 8 to 4.)
For more on Retrograde, check out retrogradecoffee.com.
Nashville Crystal Store opens East Side location
Forgive us for being a little behind on this one: A new, metaphysically minded addition to the East Nashville business landscape, Nashville Crystal Store opened at 804 Meridian St. this fall, offering a mix of crystals in various sizes and categories, from quartz and citrines to jade and Himalayan salt and lots more.
The East Nashville shop is the second Nashville Crystal Store — the flagship is in Berry Hill, at 2819 Columbine Pl., Ste. 7, offering a similar mix of sparkling stones.
Crystal and energy healer Ataana Badilli leads both shops, with an aim of making “high-quality, clear energy crystals accessible to everyone who loves crystals in Nashville and around the world.”
Hours are noon to 6 p.m. daily; for more, visit nashvillecrystalstore.com, and/or follow Nashville Crystal Store on Instagram at @nashvillecrystalstore.
— Another recent East Nashvillian cover subject and gifted singer-songwriter, Margo Price, talked with Vice’s Noisey recently, and unveiled a video for "All American Made.”
— East Nashville’s Defy Film Festival is now accepting short and feature film submissions for the 2019 event, all genres welcome.
— Lockeland Table, also in our new Food & Drink issue, recently launched a new collaboration with New Heights Brewing, called Community Brown Ale, and it’s now available to grab in the neighborhood, at Turnip Truck (701 Woodland St.) and Sinkers Beverages (3308 Gallatin Pike).
— The folks at Dino’s teamed up with Nashville pup accessories brand FurEver Friends to create a Dino’s and Dogs 2019 calendar, with proceeds going toward local rescue JoJos DogHouse. Grab yours (limited quantity) next time you head for a drink/burger, 411 Gallatin Ave.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.