Greg O’Loughlin might’ve felt like he was riding through the clouds this morning as he cruised over the pedestrian/bike bridge between Donelson and East Nashville:
With a Tennessee Titans game scheduled for a 7:25 PM kickoff tomorrow at Nissan Stadium, authorities have decided to seal off some downtown streets and bridges at 4 PM. The Woodland Street bridge will close at that time to everybody but pedestrians and shuttle buses (and, one presumes, bikes). MTA buses that normally use that bridge are instead being redirected to the James Robertson Pkwy and Jefferson St bridges.
Additionally, the Korean Veterans bridge will close to car traffic heading into East Nashville as the game nears its end. There are other MTA routes that will be on detour for (apparently) all day Thursday, but it’s not clear from the city’s press release what other streets will be closed.
East Nashville’s spot for margaritas and mediocre Mexican food was watching the debate the other night:
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.
Victoria Cumbow checked out this view of downtown, as seen from East Nashville, tonight:
Over time, the slow and steady wearing of car tires has revealed what was once on Shelby Ave. In fact, the trolley tracks have been there a long time; it’s just that they were long ago paved over with asphalt:
The tracks are actually at Shelby and Lillian.
Victoria Cumbow caught a fantastic sunset just at the cusp of dusk last night. She had the perfect view of downtown from her perch on the pedestrian bridge:
A good time was had by all, I’m sure.
— Sweet Polly Desserts (@SweetPollycc) August 13, 2016
— Lee Davis (@youarethegovt) August 13, 2016
There was even a giant tomato painted on the street in the center of Five Points. And yes, it turns out that the tomato is, in fact, the state fruit:
— Chaz Molder (@chaz_molder) August 13, 2016
— Jay David (@JayDavid1987) August 13, 2016
You’ll probably see it all this weekend at the Tomato Art Fest in Five Points, as long as it has tomato in it. For instance, this tomato truffle:
There will be people dressed like tomatoes:
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And of course tomato beer:
— Tomato Art Fest (@TomatoArtFest) August 9, 2016
Oh, and there’s the namesake of the festival, tomato art:
— Nancy VanReece (@NancyVanReece) August 1, 2016