So, yeah, no one thinks everything’s going to shift to cartwheels and butterflies on January 1, but that doesn’t change a comforting coping mechanism many of us are indulging in, especially after another week of lost heroes: hating on 2016 with the fire of a thousand burning suns.
For the above, thanks to Rosepepper, whose wit and wisdom (and margaritas) are always welcome.
Stay strong, East Nashville — 2016’s still out there. With that, here’s this week’s East Nashville News:
Sprouts Farmers Market in East Nashville?
Everyone who wrung their hands raw hoping another, better grocery option might take over the shuttered Walmart space: While that isn’t happening, there might be a salve.
Tennessean reporter Getahn Ward dropped news this week that Sprouts Farmers Market — a grocery chain aiming to “offer fresh, natural and organic foods and products at incredible prices” — is eyeing East Nashville for a new location.
That potential Sprouts would be part of a mixed-use development helmed by H.G. Hill Realty, on Gallatin between Sharpe and Greenwood. Right now, that location is home to a mix of businesses, including Camille’s Market and the Athlete’s Foot; the proposal includes apartment buildings and restaurant spaces, alongside the grocery store.
Should the proposal go through, the chain would join our homegrown Turnip Truck (the latter’s bigger, better East Side location opened in late 2015 at 701 Woodland) in the neighborhood natural-foods grocery landscape.
Sprouts currently has locations in Franklin and Murfreesboro, and an in-the-works Bellevue location was announced earlier this year too. An East Nashville timeline isn’t set yet, but Ward notes that a community meeting is set for early January to discuss the project.
For more on the potential East Nashville Sprouts, head to Tennessean.com.
Bloomy Rind closing Porter Road Butcher counter
The first week of January, you’ll notice a big change at 501 Gallatin Avenue: The Bloomy Rind Artisan Cheeses, locked down in Porter Road Butcher’s East Side space for the past five years, will be going away, as owner Kathleen Cotter shifts her attention to growing the wholesale side of her cheese business.
“I feel both a little sad and very optimistic as I share this,” Cotter said in an announcement. “Sad because I will miss seeing my awesome customers every day. Optimistic because this step is the next right step (I hope!) in making The Bloomy Rind into a financially sustainable business.”
The positives of this change: While local cheese aficionados have become accustomed to tapping Cotter’s skills at that location Wednesday through Saturday, Porter Road Butcher will now be offering a selection of Bloomy Rind-picked cheeses seven days a week. (And, Cotter says, they’re working on a “a larger lineup of charcuterie to pair with it.”)
Cotter doesn’t plan to remove herself from her non-biz-associated, cheese-loving neighbors, either. She says events, tastings and maybe a cheese club are in the planning, and her annual celebration of cheese, the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival, is set to return in 2017 as well.
Preservation Ale House approved for Wilburn Street
McFerrin Park should have a new local craft beer/food haunt come spring, as the Preservation Ale House got Metro Council approval last week to open in the historic Morris Jacobs Building, next to the Roxy Theatre.
The folks behind the new Ale House at 307B Wilburn Street haven’t shared much in the way of public details yet — they do have a Facebook page up with the basics, and we reached out to learn more.
Co-owners Pat Isbey and Jeff Bergman did offer the Nashville Post some early insight, including the fact that Bergman’s planning to head up the brewing side, with Isbey — former head of Jimmy Carl’s Lunchbox at the Station Inn — taking on a food menu that “will reflect a somewhat Korean cuisine influence.”
The two owners are locals, and told the Post they plan to “assimilate within the neighborhood as opposed to simply operating our business there.”
Read more about their plans at NashvillePost.com, and follow along with the progress at the Preservation Ale House Facebook Page.
Plans moving along for East Side BoomBozz Pizza
Last month, we mentioned that Louisville-based chain BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse was looking at launching an East Nashville location, at 1003 Russell Street.
Plans look to be humming along, as local architecture firm rootARCH unveiled their plans for the former church building — including the above photo.
Details from rootARCH: “The proposal includes painting of the church and the addition of two outdoor seating areas. Plans include the demolition of the school building in the rear, partial demolition of the sanctuary and the installation of a new 40 car parking lot in the rear off the alley.”
The family-friendly gourmet pizza chain is also reportedly working on children's play area at the East location, and sports fanatics should be well-served, re: their game-viewing needs, too.
There’s still ground to cover before hammers start falling, including a January 3 Metro Council meeting, but you can check out some more proposed visuals from rootARCH here.
— A big, early congrats to East Nashville’s Southern Grist Brewing Co., who are prepping for their first anniversary at 1201 Porter. Mark your calendar for their party: Saturday, Feb. 4, noon to 5 p.m., with new beers on draft, special can releases and more.
— One of our other favorite East Nashville craft breweries, Smith & Lentz Brewing, just launched a new monthly movie night at their place, 903 Main Street. First Thursday of the month, there’ll be two films on their 120-inch HD screen, and free popcorn (plus their beer available). Next one: January 5, 6 to 11 p.m., with The Big Lebowski and Django Unchained.
— Congrats to Dino’s, which landed on Southern Living’s list of 50 Undiscovered Places You'll Love in the South, alongside state parks and shorelines and historic mansions. (It’s No. 39.)
— Our pre-game and post-game notes for New Year’s Eve: During the day on Saturday, Abode Mercantile (1002 Fatherland) has Walker Feed Co. in the house from 11-2 sampling their Southern Bloody Mary Mix and Mimosas made with their White Sangria mix. New Year’s Day, starting at 10 a.m., The Pub at the Basement East (917 Woodland) has brunch with two-for-one drinks all day. Gird your livers, friends.
— Now’s a great time to revisit our feature on East Nashville’s MadeFirst, who build the note that drops in downtown Nashville, ushering in the New Year.
— Elizabeth Cook is among the stars ringing in the New Year on the Opry Saturday. Related: Here’s our cover story on Cook from this summer.
That’s all for this week. Tips to share? Please email Nicole.