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The latest round of East Nashville news:
Korean concept in the works at former Pied Piper Eatery spot
In case you missed it Wednesday: The lights are coming back on at the former Pied Piper Eatery location.
In the works now at 1601 Riverside Dr.: a new Korean food spot, led by Joey Plunket and Sara Nelson of much-loved East Nashville bar Duke’s, and friends Tim and Danny Song, who head up Atlanta Korean restaurant Gaja.
Aside of the planned cuisine, we have just a few specifics: The lease has been signed, and design and permitting stuff is under way, with hopes of getting renovations completed for a late-summer opening, Nelson says. And the restaurant is envisioned as its own, distinct thing, not an outgrowth.
“This will be very much a third business — not a ‘second location’ of either of our other businesses,” she says.
The name is in the brainstorming stage yet, and one’s in the lead, but since they haven’t finalized it yet, Nelson says, the team is staying mum at the moment.
Meantime, if you’d like to visit Nelson and Plunket and team at their current East Nashville business, Duke’s is located at 1000 Main St., open noon until 3 a.m. daily.
The Piper family's quirky, family-friendly restaurant closed at that location in February, after nearly 10 years of serving comfort food to locals and visitors.
Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party 2018 lineup announced
Now an East Side summer/fall fixture, the Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party series is set to return for its fourth year, sharing another months-long run of live music and neighborliness in the historic Cornelia Fort AirPark.
The 2018 season kicks off on Saturday July 21, with subsequent shows going down on Aug. 18, Sept. 21 and Oct. 6. As with past seasons, the events will spotlight featured performers, and invite local players and pickers to come listen or take part — anyone who’d like to bring a stringed instrument (acoustic guitars, banjos, fiddles, dobros, mandolins) is encouraged to come play, and enjoy a free drink for their contributions.
Craft beer and food trucks will be on site again, too, and proceeds will go toward continuing revitalization projects at the AirPark.
Featured in 2018:
July 21: Brazilbilly featuring Jesse Lee Jones and Circus No. 9
Aug. 18: Nora Jane Struthers and Keats
Sept. 15: Miss Tess and the Talkbacks and the Cowpokes Featuring Sierra Ferrell
Oct. 6: The Tillers and Cicada Rhythm
Doors open at 6 p.m. for each show, with music starting at 7. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and music lovers of all ages are invited (kids under 12 are free, ages 12 to 21 are $5 with an adult admission). You can also snag a $40 season ticket that’ll get you in for the whole run.
For more on the series and this year’s crop of performers, visit corneliafortpickinparty.org.
Nashville Community Education’s summer session has lots to offer in East
If you’re yet unfamiliar with Nashville Community Education, the program is run by Metro, and offers affordable, approachable classes in all kinds of stuff — from cooking to home repairs — for adult Nashvillians, taught by fellow Nashvillians.
The 2018 summer session is just about to kick off, and this year, there’s lots to pick from right here in the neighborhood, including a bunch of creative offerings as part of a partnership with Platetone Printmaking, Paper & Book Arts.
That East Nashville-based nonprofit, whose home is at 947 Woodland St., will host three summer NCE classes: Relief Printing Basics, on June 7; Papercut Silkscreen Printing, June 15 and 16; and Drypoint Etching, on July 28. All run between $40 and $75, with tools and materials included.
Also here in the neighborhood, Inglewood Elementary will host an array of other classes, ranging from a free “The Next Steps in Home Ownership” workshop on June 25 to weekly Qigong Movement classes in June and July.
Check out the full Nashville Community Education Summer 2018 Class Catalog here, and if you’re intrigued, jump in to your chosen class(es) through the NCE website. Registration has already begun, and it’ll stay open through August. More about the Nashville Community Education program at nashville.gov.
Doxahlogy shuttering Porter East location
Local jewelry designers Doxahlogy are shutting their East Nashville shop's doors: The men’s and women’s brand, which opened its East Nashville brick-and-mortar shop at 700 Porter Rd. in May of 2016, announced late last week that May 30 would be the final day in that space.
“Our focus for the season ahead will be to travel, expand into new markets and make progress on some of our larger dreams,” the announcement said.
Doxahlogy’s handmade pieces will still be readily available to local (and less-local) fans: Designer and owner Danica Van Horn will continue to share her creations at doxahlogy.com and update with the latest on the Doxahlogy Instagram feed.
“We’re excited about all the possibility we see for what’s ahead and infinitely thankful for the support you’ve shown over the last few years,” the Doxahlogy goodbye note noted.
If you’d like to stop by and peruse in person, shop hours are Weekdays 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays (except Tuesdays), and noon to 4 on weekends.
MMA-and-more gym Training Camp opens
Yet another new addition to the East Nashville fitness landscape: In early May, Training Camp opened the doors at its 10,000-square-foot “multi-functional fitness facility,” offering group fitness classes, personal training, tutelage in mixed martial arts and amateur wrestling and more.
The new gym, located at 400 Davidson St., is led by repeat lightweight MMA title-holder Michael Chandler, whose ESPN page has all sorts of stats and in-the-ring details to peruse.
Chandler and team promise “first-class custom equipment” and “elite personal trainers to take you to the next level.”
There’s an early-days special going on now, with unlimited group classes for the first month for $99. If you’d like to give it a test drive before committing, they’re also offering a gratis first class.
Learn more about Training Camp at trainingcampnashville.com, and at the Training Camp Facebook page.
New East Nashville coworking space launches
Joining a growing East Nashville coworking crop that includes Sparkworks Union, Launch Pad and WeWork, Tulip Street Work Co. is setting up at 522 Russell St., and taking reservations for prospective-member tours.
The coworking space is intended for “companies ranging from 1 employee to 30,” and it's housed in a historic building (next to the old Tulip Street United Methodist Church, now home to the Nashville Vineyard church) that offers “old wooden floors and windows galore.”
Among the coworker amenities they’re touting: a lounge area, conference rooms, an arcade machine, weekly happy hours, a podcast recording studio and more, including the general coworking prerequisites (wifi, work stations, printing and scanning and caffeine at the ready).
Learn more about Tulip Street Work Co. at tulipstreetworkco.com, and at the Tulip Street Work Co. Facebook page.
— On June 21 at the Basement East, “Comrades in Song: A Tribute to the East Nashville Community Spirit” will salute Brent Cobb, Erin Rae, current East Nashvillian cover star Margo Price and others, as part of AMERICANAFEST. Performers include Nikki Lane, Jon Latham, Allen Thompson, Emily West, Patrick Sweany and a bunch of others.
— Margaret Maddox Family YMCA is hosting a Teen Summer Pool Party & BBQ at its outdoor pool on Friday, May 25, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to usher in summer with our 13- to 18-year-old residents. Food, open swimming and music. Need more info? Give Moses Olomo a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— If you need weekend plans and enjoy a cold beer and a hot crop o’ crawfish, the East Nashville Crawfish Bash is going down in East Park this Saturday, May 26.
— Garden & Gun magazine explores “The Power of Parker Millsap,” an East Nashville neighbor and “One of Nashville’s most dynamic young voices.”
— Conde Nast Traveler lists out “5 Nashville Must-Visit Music Venues (For Folks Who Hate Country),” and they consider our own The 5 Spot a country-hater’s must-stop.
— NYLON magazine shares a “Design-Lover’s Guide To Nashville,” and some East Nashville love is in the mix, with namedrops for KOKO’s ice cream and Two Son.
— U.K. paper The Sun came to Nashville for music and “fine food and whiskey,” and Walk Eat Nashville’s Karen-Lee Ryan showed them around “foodie destination” East Nashville.
— “Engineer Glenn Snoddy, who opened Woodland Sound Studios and who revolutionized electric guitar sound with the distorted "fuzz-tone" … died Monday.”
— Upper Eastside Nashville is celebrating three years in business on Sunday, June 3, with a party at their place (937 Woodland St.), including prizes and goodies throughout the day.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.