Despite recent accolades, Porter Road Butcher is contracting

Porter Road Butcher, Nashville’s only whole-animal butcher, is closing its Charlotte Ave location. They’ll still keep their original shop on Gallatin Ave, which they plan to expand starting in January. They’ll also hold on to their slaughtering facility in Kentucky.

The business wrote in a Facebook post,

As some of you may have read already, we are closing our West Side shop at the end of the month. We want to thank all of the amazing customers who have been patrons of the shop over the last three years. We can’t wait to continuing serving you at our East Side location!

In addition to lots of exciting new plans, we’ll be keeping all of the products and services that our customers have grown to love. Edges Nashville will continue to sharpen knives over on the East Side on the first and second Saturday of every month from 10am-3pm!

This news comes despite its recent award of the Writer’s Choice Best Butcher from Nashville Scene. The issue doesn’t seem to be insufficient patronage at the Charlotte Ave location, though.

“Honestly, we’re overwhelmed. We were stretched too thin,” co-founder Chris Carter told The Tennessean.  He also said that he’s had trouble finding top-tier talent to help manage the business, an issue which helped cement their decision to focus on just one retail location.

The butcher has other plans for expansion, though.  It will be doubling the size of its Gallatin Ave store while adding more options in the charcuterie case.

The kitchen at the Charlotte Ave location, which prepared ready-to-eat meals, has already been closed for a few months.  There’s no word yet on when they’ll close the entire store.

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You Otter See This

This river otter found a good spot to munch on breakfast today:

The Friends of Radnor Lake, who shared the photo, is an advocacy group supporting Radnor Lake, a state natural area covering 1,332 acres of southern Nashville.

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Tomorrow is Walk to Work Day

Walk Bike Nashville is encouraging Nashvillians to walk to work on Friday.  They’ll even be handing out free breakfasts on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge downtown from 7 to 9 in the morning.



This event is just one of several that the organization is sponsoring for Walk Month.  Walk Month will culminate with Open Streets Nashville on October 30, which will close down a few miles of 12 Ave S to cars, allowing pedestrians, bicyclists, scooterers, unicyclists, and cartwheelers to take over the street for a few hours that Sunday.

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Mechanical keyboard enthusiasts gather to tap to their hearts’ content

If you get keyed up over the thought of computer keyboards, last night would’ve been a good one for you.  Folks from across the Southeast came to the Bistro at Emma to feel the perfect springiness of each others’ mechanical keyboards.  They were there to enjoy the tactile, visual, and audio feedback from the keyboards displayed by their fellow enthusiasts.

Nathan Hubbard, a local Nashvillian, took some photos of the event:

He says he’s partial to his 30-year-old keyboard, though, which he bought for just a dollar in the nineties.

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An evening at Bells Bend

Last night, I headed northwest to check out Bells Bend Park, a Metro park in a secluded area along the Cumberland. It took me about half an hour to get there from midtown after work. I still managed to get in a quick hike along the park’s flat terrain.

The park, established in 2007, has a few miles of wide, grassy trails. I chose the 2.3 mile Loop Trail; it turned out to be just the right length to finish by sunset.


The park also has an education and information building (open limited hours) and a camping area for youth groups and Metro-sponsored events. There’s also plenty of wildlife (I missed the picture of the white-tailed deer bounding off the trail, I’m afraid).

All in all, it was a nice park, even if it’s a bit out of the way.

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Fake clown reports get Belmont students all riled up

Last night, reports of a clown on Belmont’s campus were flying around like crazy.  And as it turns out, they were probably faked.

Reports started circulating on social media last night, and then somebody went and Photoshopped a photo to insinuate as much:

The Tennessean reports that Belmont’s police department canvassed the area of campus where the clowns were said to be seen, but found nothing.  And then there were students walking around with golf clubs and bats, who also found nothing.  Belmont said that it’s now looking into what happened, and the university may also hand out some disciplinary action.

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