“Things do not change; we change,” Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden. Hate to argue with Thoreau, but stuff’s a-changing too — like the old Hop Stop space in East Nashville, which, come March, is set to open as a new bar concept: Walden.
New owners Robyn Donnelly and Katie MacLachlan announced details about the new East Side drinks spot this week, saying their aim is to create an environment that encourages patrons to simplify, simplify, setting down their smartphones to sit, drink and be in the moment.
“Walden will be a place that feels as familiar and accessible as a dive bar, while having the service and selection of a high-end spot,” Donnelly said in a release.
The bar, at 2909B Gallatin Pike, has a lot more of Walden’s live-deliberately sensibility, too, with murals adorning the interior and exterior that were inspired by Walden Pond plants the author described in his famous tome. (Local Honey stylist Tarabella Aversa is designing/painting them.) Throughout, we can expect a decor that embraces warm wood tones and greenery, plus a pet-friendly patio with seating outside.
“We want to bring the outside in and vice versa for this concept,” MacLachlan said.
As for the menu, affordability is a big focus, with an array of on-tap beers planned, plus wine and cocktails, for under $10. Food offerings will be shareable (they said we should think “adult lunchables”), and late-night/light-brunch menus should be coming in toward the middle of the year.
Donnelly and MacLachlan come from a business strategy/customer service background — they also lead business coaching company Crush it Harder — and they plan to bring that influence into Walden too, expanding their already-going Crush it Nash events series with more programming, from classes to neighborhood events.
To keep up with the latest Walden announcements/opening news, visit www.waldenbar.com and/or follow @waldenbar on Instagram and Facebook.
East Nashville craft beer haunt The Hop Stop stepped out of that space in November after four years.