A few fun things: We’ve just put our first Food & Drink issue to bed, and it’ll be on stands and in hands soon.
It’s also East Nashvillian of the Year nomination time, and if you haven’t already pitched a deserving citizen or business/business owner (or several), you’re strongly encouraged to do so. It’s a great way to heap some love on people you feel “exemplify the best of all the positive aspects of life in East Nashville.”
All you need to do: Email ENOTY@eastnashville.org by Nov. 26, including the citizen(s) and/or business(es)/business owner(s) you’d like to nominate, and why you think they should be crowned.
You’ll see the 2018 winners in our first issue of 2019. (More about the East Nashvillians of the Year at the HENMA website.)
With that, this week’s crop of East Nashville news:
Brewery and coffee bar, CrossFit gym, Jitsu studio moving in next to new Grimey’s
News: The newly East Nashville-d Grimey’s New & Preloved Music is set to have a bunch of new neighbors soon.
Those neighbors: a mix that should appeal to active East Nashvillians who like beer and/or coffee. Which is probably a few of you.
In the mix at 1056 E. Trinity Lane: Living Waters Brewing, a “Brewery & Coffee Bar” that “focuses on creating unique small batch beer and coffee experiences.
“Our name represents the ever-changing nature of flowing water, yeast, and the constant pursuit of perfection,” the business’ website says.
When Living Waters starts pouring — they’re shooting for an early 2019 opening — we can expect two categories of adult brews: waterfalls, and rivers.
“These are named according to when they can and should be enjoyed. A waterfall beer should be enjoyed soon after purchase to ensure the intended flavor is achieved. A river beer can be enjoyed now or cellared for an extended period.”
More specifically, flavors will include an imperial milk stout called Rubicon, a thicker “milkshake IPA” called Burgess and lots more.
Alongside the beer, they’ll have filtered coffee and signature espresso beverages too. Intrigued? Learn more at livingwatersbrewing.com, and keep up with the latest news on the Living Waters Brewing Facebook page.
Right there with LWB, likely useful for burning off all the beer calories: CrossFit Rising Sun, who’ll be relocating, after calling W. Kirkland Ave. home for almost three years.
Those folks offer an array of fitness options, including CrossFit, boxing, and open gym classes, designed for all levels, and “focused on quality, high-level training with a personal touch.”
Co-owner Kyle Hopkins tells us that they hope to open their doors in four to six weeks, depending on inspections and approvals, and that the new, much larger space will allow for more programming, better visibility, easier parking and more.
“We will have separate men’s and women's locker rooms, each with their own showers — fairly rare for CrossFit boxes,” Hopkins tells us. “We will [also] have a 1,200-square-foot private studio that will allow us to add on a host of new classes. We offer more than just CrossFit and are looking to expand upon that.”
Other ideas/plans in the works: a new “Healthy Steps Nutrition” program, and, potentially, kids CrossFit classes, plus the possibility of daycare.
Hopkins was a longtime fitness instructor here in the neighborhood at the Maddox YMCA, before branching out with Rising Sun, which he now leads alongside longtime East Sider Alison Egerton.
“We are so excited to get opened up in our new location and to keep growing and help people live happier and healthier lives,” Hopkins says. “We intend to be around a long time.”
For more on CrossFit Rising Sun, visit crossfitrisingsun.com.
One more new training name coming to that corner: Legion Jiu Jitsu, whose new East Nashville studio joins other Middle Tennessee locations in Hendersonville and Murfreesboro.
Those folks offer group classes for all ages and skill levels (classes are available for kids as young as 3), along with private lessons to supplement and sharpen training. Legion will be sharing some common areas/locker room space with their Rising Sun neighbors, but inhabiting their own private studio in the facility.
Sean Patton — a former U.S. Army Special Forces Officer, and a 2018 International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Masters World Championship Runner-up — is set to lead the East Nashville location, with an “authentic, fun and focused” brand of martial arts training.
“We believe that whether you are training Jiu Jitsu for self-defense, fitness, competition, or fun, the answer is leaving your ego at the door, opening your mind to learning, and training hard,” he says.
Patton, who’s lived in East Nashville for the past four years, says he “can’t wait to bring world-class Jiu Jitsu for the whole family” to the neighborhood.
He’s hoping to get the studio doors open by mid-December, and if you’d like to explore the Legion offerings in the meantime, there’s lots of info at legionjj.com.
The Point of Mercy church, which formerly called that Trinity campus home, celebrated the opening of its newest home in Madison in late September.
A little help for Bolton Matthews
We don’t often include fundraising campaigns here, mostly because there are so many deserving ones, day in and day out. But one that launched this week centers around an East Nashville entrepreneur who’s touched many of our lives, and whose business is a fixture in our food scene and our community.
Bolton Matthews, co-owner of Nashville’s beloved Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, was recently diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, and has begun chemotherapy treatment, and though he has insurance, medical costs are still piling up.
From the recently launched Gofundme campaign: “He and his wife, Dollye, have a 4 year-old baby girl who is the love of his life. She's been in their life since she was 20 months. Bolton fights tirelessly every day because he loves life and his family. He knows they need him.”
If you have the means to pitch in, find the Bolton Matthews Gofundme campaign here.
Matthews and wife Dollye Graham-Matthews opened the East Nashville Bolton’s location in 1997, and their brand has since grown to include a second location, on Franklin Pike near Melrose. The East location, at 624 Main St., is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 to 7 Sunday. More about the Bolton family’s East Nashville institution at boltonsspicy.com.
Fond Object shutters downtown location
As of the launch of November, Fond Object’s downtown location, at 535 Fourth Ave. S., has closed its doors, after about a year and a half of sharing their special blend of recorded music, live music, and other stylish stuff/happenings.
“The great downtown experiment has come to a end,” a goodbye note on the downtown Fond Object’s social spaces said. “Just a little too early perhaps, or just not the right fit for the neighborhood, either way it was super fun, we had some amazing shows, and some amazing records come through in our short time downtown.”
It’s been a complicated season for the Fond Object folks, who lost co-owner Jeff Pettit last summer, and who have been facing uncertainty as development plans for the area around their East Nashville location, 1313 McGavock Pike in Riverside Village, have swirled.
At the moment, the East Side Fond Object location is going full speed ahead, with regular hours and a slew of shows coming up, including an Election Day Party on Nov. 6, with Chris Crofton, Sean Thompson, and lots of others, with free admission for folks who snap a photo outside their polling place ($5 cover otherwise). More info on Fond Object’s Election Day party here, and all kinds of other Fond Object tidbits at fondobjectrecords.com.
East Side chef collabs abound
We’re a cooperative neighborhood, East Nashville, and that’s as true with our chefs as it is with the citizens who work in places other than kitchens.
Of the former, though: This month, a bunch of local food talents are teaming up with various collaborations that might catch your attention.
For starters: East Nashville food pioneer Margot McCormack is collaborating with friend and former kitchen-mate Tandy Wilson, at Wilson’s new Mop / Broom Mess Hall in Germantown. It’ll be part of a new monthly supper series the Mess Hall folks are calling “Tuesday Night Special,” including guest chefs showing off what they tend to cook in their own kitchens.
McCormack takes the Mess Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with her special menu beginning at 6 p.m. Mop / Broom Mess Hall is located at 1300 3rd Ave. N., and you can find more info at mopbroomnashville.com.
McCormack’s place, meanwhile, serves her inspirations all the time (and, hint hint, we’ll have lots more about her in the upcoming Food & Drink issue, hitting stands shortly). Margot Cafe is open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner at 1017 Woodland St. More at margotcafe.com.
Back here in the neighborhood, Riverside Village’s Fort Louise launches a new chef series this month too. They’ll spend Tuesdays in November spotlighting Nashville food talents, introducing a special, exclusive burger masterminded by a different local chef each week.
The chefs contributing to the Burger Series:
Nov. 6: Bryan Lee Weaver of Butcher & Bee
Nov. 13: Jake Howell of Peninsula
Nov. 20: Tony Galvin of Nicky’s Coal Fired
Nov. 27: Matthew Hyland of Emmy Squared
Each chef’s creation will be up for grabs that day for $8, 5-10 p.m. The restaurant, which specializes in creative comfort favorites, is at 1304 McGavock Pike in Riverside Village. More at hungrylikeafort.com.
— ICYMI, the Lipstick Lounge family was robbed this week, and hit hard. If you’re out and about this Halloween weekend, maybe show ’em some support/love. They’re an East Nashville treasure.
- The legendary John Prine swung by Jimmy Fallon’s show this week to perform “When I Get to Heaven.” If you haven’t read our recent cover story on his Oh Boy Records, take a look here.
— In need of a little break from Nashville, some fancy food and live music? Opportunity, coming up: Gather at the Farm, on Bloomsbury Farm in Smyrna on Sunday, Nov. 4, features food from The Mockingbird, cocktails from Freddy Schwenk, a live performance from locals-done-good Moon Taxi and lots more. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. (And if you haven’t read the Moon Taxi East Nashvillian cover story, it’s encouraged.)
— Just a heads up: If you need Porter Road Butcher to handle your holiday-food biz, pre-orders are up.
— If you’d like to go the turkey route for Thanksgiving, leave it to the Boy Scouts: East Nashville’s Troop 3 has their annual Turkey Fry going now, and you can order a Cajun-spiced, approximately 15-pound bird, fried in peanut oil, for $55, available for pickup at East End United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 21. More at Troop 3’s website.
— The latest issue of Dwell magazine has a feature on East Nashvillian Bob Butler’s midcentury-inspired home, and it’s a beaut.
That’s all for this week. Have any East Nashville news tips you’d like to share? Please email Nicole.