Chad Grout, founder of Urban Grout Commercial Real Estate, is known to deliver quality wordsmithing when he takes pen to paper. The urban commercial real estate pro maintains a blogsite for which the posts can be very compelling. Grout recently composed a strong blog post about the proposed Amp. Take a look here.
There is a reason that Etch is packed at 8:30 on Monday nights.
Officials with the SoBro-based restaurant and bar announced today their culinary creation has been selected Nashville’s No. 1 restaurant in Zagat’s America’s Top Restaurants 2014.
Etch captured a near-perfect rating (food: 28, décor: 27, service: 27), according to a release.
Zagat describes the Etch menu as an “array of flavor, texture and olfactory experiences” that are “worth savoring.” The review notes prices “reasonable for the quality” and mentions a helpful staff and entertaining atmosphere with a view of the open kitchen.
A list of “20 Top-Rated Restaurants Across America” was also compiled and ranks Etch favorably with perennial favorites like Le Bernardin in New York City and Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas.
In addition, and earlier this year, Zagat named Nashville one of its “7 Up-and-Coming Food Cities Around the U.S.,” noting “incredible creative talents, accessibility to locally-made products, and an exciting energy surrounding the city.”
Etch is led by partners Doug Hogrefe, Deb Paquette (who serves as chef) and Paul Schramkowski. The restaurant opened in August 2012 in the Encore condominium building.
More than 224,000 diners in 36 major markets voted in Zagat’s annual survey, ranking their picks of the best food, décor and service among 1,478 restaurants.
Music Health Alliance, a nonprofit advocate for instrumentalists, songwriters, etc., who have no access to group health benefits, has named an advisory board. Comprised of music industry leaders, the board will help users of its service understand their health care insurance options. Read more here at musicrow.com.
Belmont University announced today that it is expanding its Bridges to Belmont scholarship program from 26 Metro Nashville Public Schools students in the 2013-14 charter class to 30 current high school seniors for next fall’s freshman class.
The application deadline for students wanting to participate is Dec. 16.
Launched in March, Bridges to Belmont is designed to enroll Metro high students who may not have previously been able to consider Belmont as an option. All student expenses — tuition, room, board, required fees and books — that are not covered by state or federal grant resources are provided via scholarships from Belmont for four consecutive academic years, translating to a potential investment by Belmont that could exceed $10 million in the first four years of the program.
“At the heart of Belmont’s mission is our desire to provide a transformative education to our students in the hopes that they can then take their skills, passions and talents and make a difference in the world around them,” BU President Bob Fisher (pictured) said in a release.
Southeast Venture LLC has promoted Tarek El Gammal to associate.
El Gammal (pictured) has been with the company since 2010, when he joined as a broker to spearhead the firm’s multifamily investment sales, advisory and development activities.
“Tarek has been a large part of our growth in the apartment market,” Todd Alexander, principal broker for Southeast Venture, said in a release. “As our newest associate, he brings a great deal of institutional experience and real estate contacts to Southeast Venture’s management table.”
To date, El Gammal has worked with a variety of clients on sales and leasing transactions valued at more than $100 million and representing approximately one million square feet of commercial space. He most recently assisted in obtaining financing and was a project manger for 12South Flats, the new mixed-use development project developed by H.G. Hill Realty Company and Southeast Venture in the 12South neighborhood.
Before joining Southeast Venture, El Gammal served as managing member for Queen Square Group, LLC, where he provided consulting services to regional development firms. He also worked as vice president at The Tuckerman Group/SSgA, where he sourced $167 million of project capitalization in multifamily acquisition and mezzanine loan financing.
El Gammal began his career in Atlanta in property management with Merry Land & Investment Company before becoming project manager with Equity Residential Properties Trust in Chicago.
El Gammal holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Hampden-Sydney College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Growing weary of the trips to the West Coast and back, local entrepreneur Nick Holland has started a campaign to gauge how much support there is for a direct flight connecting Nashville International Airport to the Bay Area. Holland is spending a lot of time in Silicon Valley to build up his Populr.me microsite publishing tool under the umbrella of the 500 Startups incubator. So it's fitting that he's using a POP to push for the direct air connection. You can pledge your support for the cause here.
Nissan's November sales were up 10.7 percent from a year ago to 106,528, with both the Nissan and Infiniti brands setting records for the month. The Franklin-based car maker outpaced the industry's 8.9 percent growth from a year ago but lagged the growth at General Motors and Chrysler. The company's sales are now up 9.2 percent for the year.
Healthways and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield have signed a two-year extension to their partnership that has the local company manage the online wellness incentive program of the New York insurer. Franklin-based Healthways has been working with Excellus since 2008.
Law firm Eraclides Gelman Hall Indek Goodman & Waters, which runs 10 offices in Florida and Georgia, has recruited Allen Callison to open its first outpost in Tennessee. Callison, who was formerly with Morgan & Akins, has set up shop on Poston Avenue in West End and is being supported by two Eraclides attorneys in Atlanta. Eraclides specializes in workers' compensation defense and also handles other liability cases and Medicare compliance work.
Krause Construction Inc. has the contract to build a two-level 24-room hotel at 2905 Dickerson Road, according to Metro Codes Department documents. The contruction cost is listed as $895,515.