winning in nashville? hotels, losing? strippers

the property where cabaret royale gentleman’s club sits south of broadway, has been sold to make room for a pair of hilton hotel brands (homewood suites and tru by hilton). rising ten stories, the two hotels will offer 233 more rooms to help fill the demand downtown. developers are shooting to be open by 2018.  the ever-growing sobro area already has four new hotels under construction with eight more in the works.

the demise of strip clubs is evident all across downtown nashville lately as a result of the growth in tourism.  with the current over haul of printer’s alley to make way for the upcoming  dream hotel and 21c hotel, brass stables was pushed out of their street level locale recently.

FullSizeRenderalthough future plans for the deja vu strip club property haven’t been confirmed just yet, the prime spot near the gulch was also sold earlier this year.  after 26 years in that location and once boasting “1000s of beautiful girls and 3 ugly ones” it now it appears those girls, no matter their appearance, might soon be in the unemployment line if the strip club can’t find a new place to relocate, which might be tricky.  adult businesses are restricted to what’s called an adult business overlay which is basically a small circle around the downtown area.  downtown real estate is at a premium lately.

on the winning side is our hospitality industry.  we can’t seem to build hotels fast enough. tourism is at an all-time high.  last fall, we reached a milestone in the hospitality world: 60 consecutive months of year-over-year growth in hotel rooms sold, breaking our city’s personal longest streak and a five-year feat not achieved by any of the other top 50 US destinations.

last year, reported nashville’s hotel rates jumped higher than any other city. we have become the 14th most expensive city and it doesn’t seem to be leveling off.  note the nashville rates compared to new york city in may 2016:

  • Omni Rockefeller Center – $181 a night
  • Omni Music City Center – $449 a night
  • Grand Hyatt NYC Grand Central Station – $215
  • Hyatt Place downtown Nashville – $334
  • Fairfield Inn on Wall Street – $174
  • Fairfield Inn in the Gulch – $349
  • Hilton Times Square – $222
  • Hilton downtown Nashville – $549

with 2,000 rooms currently being built and an additional 7,000 more rooms being proposed, ultimately the new hotel construction could be the answer.


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6 picks to get excited about in the nations neighborhood

6picksthe west side has been blowing up lately.  the nations in particular.  a developer announced in february plans to build as many as 600 homes on a vacant, 36-acre industrial lot on centennial boulevard.  the whole neighborhood, just north of the ever-popular sylvan park, has been on the rise for awhile but now, the infrastructure for more walkability is shaping up.  restaurants & retailers are taking note and staking claim on their spots now.  here’s five in the works:



nashville’s john mcdougal is on schedule to open a craft beer bar in an old gas station in the nations.  aptly titled, the old gas station, it will offer 12 taps initially but will expand up to as many as 60.  although no wine or alcohol, it will offer a smoke free, dog-friendly covered patio with free wifi which makes up for that. growler fill will also be available.  the old gas station opens in july. | 5205 centennial blvd


the guys that brought 12 south taproom to life have confirmed plans to bring the nations 51st taproom.  location and details are still under wraps currently but plans are getting finalized with codes.  they plan to open early spring 2017.


the crew that opened fifty first kitchen last summer are all seeing the vision of the neighborhood and headed out to expand with new concepts separately.  duo tony and caroline galzin are opening nicky’s coal fired, italian cuisine which will include house-made pasta, charcuterie, and coal-fired oven baked dishes.  nickys opens this fall. | centennial + 51st avenue north 


IMG_9553christy thurman, most recently a partner in successfully creating fifty first kitchen & wine bar, will always hold a soft place in my heart for creating rumours wine bar in 12 south back in the day.  up next, christy has two more nations concepts herself.  first up: nations bar & grill, a retro diner serving up american dishes all day. shooting to open late summer 2016. | 705 51st avenue north


IMG_9557a little further down the road for christy is grounded, a coffee shop & juice bar. the interior build-out on the space is done and she is working with nashville’s own roast, inc on sourcing coffee beans eater nashville reported. | 907 51st avenue north


and if you need more coffee options (because everyone needs options), red bicycle is headed to the nations as well.  it will be on the street level of an upcoming 3-story apartment building due late spring 2017. this will be their third location. | 51st avenue north + illinois



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game of thrones to hold first-ever worldwide convention in nashville

Game-of-Thrones-Season-6-00005-1200x798fresh off what some are calling their best episode to date, the show’s fan site watchers on the wall announced earlier this week  that a con of thrones plan has been firmed up.  nashville will host the first-ever worldwide convention of the popular hbo show.  Kit-Harington-Talks-Hardhomeit will be a 3-day event next summer, june 30-july 2 2017.  it will include panels, performances, workshops, a chance to meet & greet with people associated with the show.  more details in the coming months as it is firmed up.

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movies in the park in june


the 22nd year of movies in the park kicks off thursday, june 9.  sponsored by the nashville scene with the support of the metropolitan board of parks & recreation and recognized as one of nashville’s best annual events, movies in the park is every thursday in june at elmington park:

june 9 finding nemo

june 16 pitch perfect 2

june 23 star wars the force awakens

games and give aways start at 5:00.  movie starts at sundown (roughly around 8:00).   a long train of food trucks will be there as well so bring a blanket and plan to settle in for the evening under the stars.

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minions headed to the nashville zoovies

imagesnot headed out of town for memorial day weekend? pack a blanket and bring the family to the zoo.  nashville zoo kicks off their outdoor “zoovie” series may 27th with minions.  the series, sponsored by southern icee, takes place on the festival field (near the giraffes) and includes inflatable games, face painters, and rides on the wild animal carousel and soaring eagle zipline before the movie begins.

can’t make it for the minions?  you have two other zoovie chances this summer:images-2

june 24-kung fu panda

september 2-how to train your dragon 2

zoovies are included with zoo admission or membership.  or for non-members arriving after the zoo closes at 6pm, the cost is simply $6.  worried about the weather day of? any cancellations because of weather will be posted on the zoo’s website as well as their facebook page by 4:30pm the day of the day of the event.


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