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:
Titans Game to screw up Thursday afternoon rush hour traffic
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.
Warning: Politics & Rosepepper in this post
East Nashville’s spot for margaritas and mediocre Mexican food was watching the debate the other night:
Earlier: A great place to meet someone for the first second time
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.
Nashville at dusk
Victoria Cumbow checked out this view of downtown, as seen from East Nashville, tonight:
Father Time reveals old trolley tracks in East Nashville
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:
Pothole at 19th and Shelby reveals old trolley tracks from nashville
The tracks are actually at Shelby and Lillian.
Sunset and the City
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:
The most Music City of Workouts
When your afternoon workout (in East Nashville, of course) is in the shape of a guitar, you might be in Nashville:
Tomato Art Fest
A good time was had by all, I’m sure.
Just another reason to luv the @TomatoArtFest in #eastnashville pic.twitter.com/1AoPUE4FKA
— Sweet Polly Desserts (@SweetPollycc) August 13, 2016
Championship game underway. The Great Cornholios face off against We're Better at Darts. @TomatoArtFest pic.twitter.com/Vx2cnpNcNE
— 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:
Just a couple 6 year olds enjoying the festival in honor of the #Tennessee state fruit. @TomatoArtFest pic.twitter.com/zOhIIzVbNZ
— Chaz Molder (@chaz_molder) August 13, 2016
Had a great time today at the @TomatoArtFest! Too many great vendors and artisans to count. See y'all next year! pic.twitter.com/whk6O2A8Dw
— 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:
And of course tomato beer:
WHOA😍 Allow @YazooBrew ➕ @WalkerFeedCo to introduce… #TomatoFight! – made w/ Walker's Spicy Mary mix, tomatoes! 🍻🍅 pic.twitter.com/sbxf09ZP4Q
— Tomato Art Fest (@TomatoArtFest) August 9, 2016
Oh, and there’s the namesake of the festival, tomato art:
Happy August! This @TomatoArtFest #watercolor I painted is one of my favs. #tomato pic.twitter.com/IFFkRrsvwo
— Nancy VanReece (@NancyVanReece) August 1, 2016