The tornado on March 3, 2020, rocked Nashville to its core, causing extensive damage in East Nashville, Germantown and North Nashville and forcing some of our favorite restaurants and businesses to close. So, which ones have plans to reopen, and when? Here’s a list of some of the local hotspots that sustained damage, and when we can look forward to having them reopen.
3 Crow Bar
1024 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 262-3345
The tornado smashed windows, left water damage, and took the roof off of 3 Crow Bar on Woodland Street, but the building made it through the storm, and the owners say rebuilding was never in question. They wasted no time beginning repairs and working toward reopening, which finally happened (for to-go service) during the first week of July. Though it’s still the same neighborhood bar we’ve come to know and love, the most apparent change is the building’s exterior makeover, which now boasts a beautiful shade of blue. Another recent change is their new “smoke-free” policy, which will go into effect upon reopening — an agreement among all of the Five Points bar owners.
Until we move on from Phase Two and they can officially open their doors to the public, 3 Crow Bar is still serving drinks and “upscale American pub grub” every day from noon until 10 p.m., with happy hour between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
8 Mcferrin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206
Though Attaboy Lounge lost its entire roof and suffered interior water damage that forced the owners to tear down everything but the framework, the main four walls managed to remain upright, and plans have begun to rebuild at the same site as before. “Construction began several weeks ago, and we probably have a few months ahead of us,” says co-owner Brandon Bramhall. “Currently, our target is September, October at the latest, barring any restrictions due to COVID-19.” The owners are making some minor aesthetic changes, but maintaining the integrity of their original layout and design. In fact, they say much of the old bar will go right back to how it was.
Since Nashville bars remain shut down due to COVID-19, you can still enjoy Attaboy takeout cocktails on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lakeside Lounge, which is under the same ownership. There is also an Attaboy GoFundMe page to assist the staff during the rebuilding process, and you can help by donating HERE. Look for construction updates on the Attaboy Lounge website.
The Basement East
917 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 645-9174
Despite collapsed walls and significant roof damage, The Basement East became an immediate badge of honor and strength for the East Nashville community. Adrien Saporiti’s “I Believe in Nashville” mural, which managed to survive the live music venue’s destruction, served as a beacon of hope as residents and business owners sifted through the rubble and wrapped their heads around rebuilding. Co-owners Dave Brown and Mike Grimes hope to reopen the venue before the end of 2020, and repairs are already in full swing, including a build-out of the mural wall, which they were able to salvage.
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Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish
624 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 254-8015
Suffering roof and water damage, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish has been closed since the tornado hit. Instead, they are serving out of a food truck parked at their Main Street location, which operates Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They also have an Antioch location where they accept walk-in and call-in orders.
BoomBozz Pizza and Taphouse
1003 Russell St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 505-3217
BoomBozz Pizza and Taphouse is still in the design phase as they look toward reopening in East Nashville in Spring 2021. In the meantime, if you’re craving a brew and a slice of their pizza, you can visit one of their other Middle Tennessee locations in Bellevue, Murfreesboro or Spring Hill.
Boston Commons, Beyond the Edge and Drifters Tennessee BBQ Joint
Boston Commons: 1008A Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 226-9283
Beyond the Edge: 112 S. 11th St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 226-3343
Drifters: 1008 B Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 262-2776
The tornado completely upended restaurateur Matt Charette’s life by hitting not one but all of his East Nashville restaurants, which cumulatively sustained over $500,000 in damage. Ever the optimist, he’s forging ahead with plans to not only reopen but upgrade. “We are making a lot of cosmetic improvements, workflow improvements, and improvements to our menus and our business models,” Matt tells us of Boston Commons, Beyond the Edge and Drifters Tennessee BBQ Joint. He adds, “We are putting a big emphasis on our team’s quality of work-life, their workspace, and their ability to do their jobs at the highest level.” Matt says that being closed has enabled him to make improvements that would have been tough to do otherwise. Not to mention, most of it didn’t require major construction. “As far as our timeline to reopen is concerned, it seems to be going slower than I anticipated,” he says. “We will only reopen when we can be confident that it is safe to do so responsibly — for our employees and our customers.”
970 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206
Nearly demolished in the tornado, the East Nashville Burger Up location is permanently closed, and the building has been torn down. Thankfully, we can still frequent 12South for popular menu items such as the Woodstock burger, 12South lemonade cocktails, and their killer truffle fries!
962 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206
The tornado almost entirely wiped out the Five Points Clean Juice storefront and, according to their Facebook and Instagram pages, they are closed indefinitely. They do, however, have a GoFundMe page to help pay their team until everyone can find new employment.
Crazy Gnome Brewery
948 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206
Crazy Gnome Brewery was brand new to the East Nashville scene when the tornado changed everything. Word on the street is that they were only able to brew a batch or two of beer before the tornado destroyed 85% of their equipment. Owner Grayson Miller says they essentially had to rebuild from scratch, but puts a positive spin on their bad luck, acknowledging that it’s allowing for a few small upgrades, including an outdoor patio space. “We added a patio,” he tells us excitedly. “Before the storm, our outside area was kinda rough, but the tornado ripped down a few nearby trees and severely damaged the ground, allowing us to rebuild it better.” Construction is ongoing, but the brewery is looking to open back up in August. So, how can you support them in the meantime? Check out their Brewery Date Night pass. “It’s essentially a Groupon that gets you a fun sampling of beers at a discounted price,” says Grayson. “Funds from those would help us in the meantime, and they never expire!”
908 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 873-4085
A staple for delicious barbecue, Edley’s BBQ in East Nashville is back open for to-go, delivery and catering after a brief closure post-tornado. They spent the first few days doling out free barbecue sandwiches to the neighborhood as volunteers worked to clean up the mess.
811 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 650-9075
With windows still boarded and no sign of construction underway, there are no current updates about whether or not Fieldhouse Jones will be reopening.
952 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 226-5559
Closed for nearly three months, GYM 5 reopened on May 26. Via Instagram, owner Adam Wright shared that the storm left them with $500,000 of property damage and demolished much of the building. The gym, which specializes in personal training, is still in the process of rebuilding.
High Garden Tea and Sipping Apothecary
935 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 919-4195
“We are not currently open as a brick and mortar,” explains owner Leah Larabell. “Our old building isn’t even a building yet.” While COVID-19 is delaying the process, she still anticipates rebuilding the shop in the future. “Something huge like a tornado ripping your business apart isn’t something we take lightly. To us, it is a piece of the larger, offering us insight into a new direction.” In the meantime, you can visit the High Garden’s online shop, where handcrafted products abound.
Koi Sushi and Thai
923 Main St., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 454-3538
After months of being closed, Koi Sushi and Thai reopened on June 15 for patio seating, takeout and delivery. The restaurant is open daily, noon to 9 p.m.
Main Street Liquor Store
944 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 226-0247
Back to providing East Nashville with wine and spirits, Main Street Liquor Store has rebuilt and reinvented itself, opening back up to the public over Memorial Day weekend.
Marché Artisan Foods
1000 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 262-1111
Perhaps one of the biggest losses following the March tornado, East Nashville’s treasured Marché Artisan Foods has permanently closed its doors. Thankfully, fans of chef and owner Margot McCormack need only head to her nearby restaurant, Margot, to indulge in her delicious French fare.
918 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 902-3985
Women’s clothing store Molly Green was nothing but a pile of rubble following the March tornado. And while they would love to reopen in East Nashville again, buyer and owner Brittany Hartwell says they are still awaiting word from the landowner about his plans for the property. “We had such a great time building our business in East Nashville, and we do see ourselves back in East one day,” she explains. “After the tornado, we didn’t really have a chance to wrap our heads around a new location since dealing with running a business during a pandemic has been the challenge at the forefront. Right now, we are taking the time to focus on our website and serving our customers safely.”
Nashville Urban Winery and Love and Exile Wines
“Love and Exile Wines and Nashville Urban Winery will be reopening with some major changes to both the exterior and interior,” says owner Tyler Alkins. While they have no realistic timeline for rebuilding the Nashville Urban Winery, given the extensive damage, they are hoping to open Love and Exile Wines — including the wine shop and a new tasting room — by early November. To support them in the meantime, you can order online or visit any number of local restaurants or liquor stores that carry their products.
Noble’s Kitchen and Beer Hall
974 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (629) 800-2050
Noble’s Kitchen and Beer Hall lost its entire roof to the storm, as well as the kitchen hood fan and most of the front patio, and there was extensive water damage to the interior. Their electric service was also ripped from the building. However, the business reopens tomorrow, and according to Nicholas Gajewski, District Manager of Just One More Hospitality Group which operates Noble’s, “We are coming back bigger and stronger for everyone. We are doing a combo of rebuilding the things people loved and also making some changes to things like our tables and seating layout.” Even though Noble’s is set to reopen, Nicholas encourages everyone to support other local businesses in the East Nashville area. “There’s so much craziness that has struck East Nashville since the tornado came through, and all local businesses need support.”
Paddywax Candle Bar
Alley Side, 901 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 630-7130
It does not appear Paddywax Candle Bar has reopened. So far, there are no announcements regarding their plans.
Smith and Lentz Brewing
903 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 436-2195
The website for independent craft brewery Smith and Lentz explains that the tornado did a real number on their building. Consequently, they remain closed — including no wholesale — while they restore. There’s no word yet on when they plan to reopen.
The Soda Parlor
966 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 678-7275
The Soda Parlor website states that they are currently closed to assess damage and repairs. To offer support until they can rebuild, you can purchase a shirt from their parent company, Star Cadet, and follow them on Instagram for updates.
Upper Eastside Boutique
937 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 540-9363
“We are still closed due to the tornado,” laments owner and buyer, Deborah Huitt, whose boutique suffered extensive damage both inside and out. The storm tore off Upper Eastside Boutique‘s roof, the store flooded, their signage is gone, and even massive four-foot-by-three-foot flower planters blew away, never to be found. Not to mention, Deborah lost the bulk of her inventory. “The store has been gutted to the studs for repairs, and a new storefront has to be installed,” she tells us, explaining they haven’t yet set a reopening date. Though she’s aiming for the latter part of this year, there’s a lot of work to do. Making the best of a tough situation, Deborah is currently selling online and posting her adventures on the store’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
312 Pizza Company
371 Monroe St., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 730-7888
According to their social media pages, 312 Pizza Company reopened on March 10, a week after the tornado hit. The building was unscathed, but the power lines were compromised throughout Germantown, leaving them without power for a week until electricity was restored.
Bearded Iris Brewing Taproom
101 Van Buren St., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 928-7988
Bearded Iris Brewing Taproom avoided major tornado damage and reopened once it had power, four days after the tornado hit.
Christie Cookie Co.
1205 3rd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 242-3817
Repairs are still underway at the Germantown location of Christie Cookie Co. With goals of opening by the end of the summer, they are taking time to do a bit of redesigning and expanding — customers can expect nearly double the amount of retail space. In the meantime, cookie lovers can indulge their sweet tooth at Christie Cookie’s 12South location, which is still open and serving delicious treats.
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The Cupcake Collection
1213 6th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 244-2900
The Germantown sweets spot reopened only a week or two after the tornado. Open from 11 a.m until 3 p.m. Sunday through Friday, The Cupcake Collection has been serving up delicious goodies ever since.
Geist Bar + Restaurant
311 Jefferson St., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 920-5440
Housed inside a building that dates back to 1886, the Geist Bar + Restaurant team has had their work cut out for them, carefully restoring the historic site. “Picking up the pieces, brick by brick (literally),” states the Geist website. The restaurant is currently on schedule to reopen early this fall, and though there are no major changes on the horizon, they are doing some minor reworking inside to make the operation more efficient and space tables out a little more to accommodate for COVID-19 restrictions. Perhaps the most significant update is the addition of a roofing system, built-in heaters and more seating in their outdoor space, making it a year-round dining option.
1200 5th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 242-3226
Located in the heart of Germantown across from the thoroughly ravaged Vista Germantown Apartments, the Germantown Café remains closed. With many broken exterior windows and presumed interior damage, it is unclear when the restaurant, which initially opened in 2003, will reopen.
1218 6th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 581-1218
Reopening July 31, the charming Germantown Inn has undergone months of construction to repair the damage it sustained during the tornado. Jim Creason, the managing partner of the Germantown Inn, says, “The past four-and-a-half months are proof of the strength and resiliency of the residents and business owners who were impacted by the tornado. The rest of the country quickly forgot the event as it braced for the impact of COVID-19, but for us and the many homes and businesses damaged by the storm, it meant rebuilding in the wake of a pandemic. It’s been a long process, but we couldn’t have done it without the support of our neighborhood and city. We’re thrilled to be able to welcome guests back!” The inn’s exterior received a modern facelift, swapping out the former white façade with blue trim for a dark navy that complements the red brick.
Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
1123 3rd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 818-0318
Fortunately, Jack Brown’s experienced minimal tornado damage relative to many of its neighbors and fellow Germantown businesses. After a month of setbacks, the restaurant and craft beer spot reopened from the tornado damage on April 3 for takeout and delivery, then opened for dine-in service on May 11.
1200 5th Ave. N., Ste. 104, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 516-1986
Hopefully, Red Bicycle‘s Germantown location — their flagship store — will reopen in November. In the meantime, you can head to their locations in Woodbine, The Nations, and Peabody for your caffeine fix.
1120 3rd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 933-4260
Like most of Germantown, Sedona Taphouse was out of power following the tornado. However, they still served the community through free cheeseburgers, chips and brownies until they got utilities back. With minimal damage from the storm, the craft beer mecca reopened March 12. It was shortlived. On March 20, they closed until further notice due to COVID-19, but they officially reopened at the beginning of August.
The Germantown bistro that opened in 2012 has permanently closed.
1120 4th Ave. N., Ste. 101, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 610-3383
With several other Nashville locations, Vui’s Kitchen continued to serve up its delicious, healthy fare even when the Germantown location shut down due to minor damage and no power. Thankfully, they reopened on March 9, only six days after the tornado hit.
Waldo’s Chicken and Beer
1120 4th Ave. N., Ste. 103, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 610-3394
Much like its neighbor, Vui’s Kitchen, Waldo’s Chicken and Beer sustained minimal damage in the tornado. It was without power for a few days, but the taproom reopened March 8, five days after the tornado struck.
Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.
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