Nashville Real Estate

East Nashville Rebounds From Tough Times

The year 1998 was a significant one for East Nashville, an area that comprises several small neighborhoods directly across the Cumberland River from the Tennessee capital’s downtown. The locale, which had already fallen on tough times, got even shoddier when a tornado ripped through the community, wreaking havoc on its infrastructure. Yet, in hindsight, the disaster also brought opportunity. After an influx of insurance money, creative types began flocking to the area thanks to cheap rents; young entrepreneurs followed, slowly transforming it into a hub for Nashville’s culturally savvy.

Nashville’s East Rebounds From Tough Times

The Art & Invention Gallery, opened in 2001 and pioneer of the area’s revival, sells everything from art by local painters to artisan-crafted jewelry to whimsical knickknacks. Every August, the gallery draws thousands to its adjacent streets for the Tomato Art Fest, its end-of-summer celebration. Photo Credit: Eric Been, The New York Times

Although East Nashville was also hit hard by the 2010 flood that inundated the city (though not as badly as downtown), its rebound has continued. Perhaps thanks to all these misfortunes, it has also developed a strong sense of solidarity. “I’ve lived all over the country,” said Roderick Bailey, the owner and chef of the Silly Goose restaurant, “and I’ve never experienced a community that’s more supportive of its neighborhood and businesses.”

Nashville’s East Rebounds From Tough Times

Photo Credit: Eric Been, The New York Times

No. 308
407 Gallatin Avenue
(615) 650-7344
bar308.com

This bar, which opened in December 2010, is already a favorite among East Nashville’s scenester set. Mixologists dole out shots and cocktails melded with house-made sodas and fresh juices, like the William Burroughs (a cola-infused vodka shot, $5), and the excellent Yardbird (bourbon, orange, lime, nutmeg and a whole egg, $9). Click here to read a No. 308 review from Sutton Lipman of The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

Nashville’s East Rebounds From Tough Times

Photo Credit: Eric Been, The New York Times

The Green Wagon
1100 Forrest Avenue
(615) 891-1878
thegreenwagon.com

In a renovated Craftsman-style home, this  general store sells only all-natural items, with an emphasis on locally produced goods, like  Peace of Love soap ($4.50). At the “refilling station” customers can replenish empty bottles with  cosmetic and cleaning products.

Nashville’s East Rebounds From Tough Times

Photo Credit: Eric Been, The New York Times

The Wild Cow
1896 Eastland Avenue
(615) 262-2717
thewildcow.com

This popular vegetarian restaurant, which opened in late 2009, proves that Nashville cuisine is more than just barbecue. Ask the friendly servers for the sweet potato and black bean tacos ($8.50), which pairs nicely with a bottle of Yazoo Sue ($4.50), a locally brewed beer.

Nashville’s East Rebounds From Tough Times

Photo Credit: Eric Been, The New York Times

The 5 Spot
1006 Forrest Avenue
(615) 650-9333
the5spotlive.com

Rolling Stone recently named Nashville’s music scene the best in the country, and this live music venue is one reason. Local acts are the focus (with genres like indie rock and Americana favored over country pop), along with dive-bar drink prices and inexpensive cover charges.

Source: The New York Times. Written by Eric Been.

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