Independent record label Rounder Records has opened its new headquarters office at 1209 Pine St. in The Gulch. Musicrow.com reports President John Virant moved to Nashville from the label’s previous home base in Boston. Music Row stalwart Tracy Gershon will serve as co-vice president of A&R with Scott Billington, musicrow.com reports. Howard Frank is senior director of promotion, with Liza Levy serving as project manager. Regina Joskow, director of publicity, will continue to be based in New York City. The eclectic label — which is home to, among others, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss and Rush — had been based in Burlington, Mass. Read more here and here.
The Gulch has a new restaurant — at least in concept. Owned by Henry Hillenmeyer, who owned the two eateries that previously operated from the Icon space, the place is called City Fire American Oven and Bar. Read more here courtesy of our friends at the Scene.
The 404 Hotel — the Gulch-based boutique hotel property that accompanies The 404 Kitchen — will open March 14.
“While we are excited about all the other boutique concepts coming to The Gulch, we think we are offering a unique overnight experience in a repurposed space that features an industrial modern interior,” said Mark Banks, developer/owner of The 404 Hotel and The 404 Kitchen.
Banks said the hotel’s five rooms will feature, for example, Turkish-T towels and robes, Malin + Goetz toiletries and Sferra linens. Each room is, according to the website, “appointed with a mix of vintage and custom furniture, loft space, and a rotating gallery of work by local artists.”
A quick scan of the site notes that to reserve a room for Friday, March 14, and for two adults, the rates are as follows: $425 for one of the four king suites with lofts and $350 for the one king suite.
Read more about the hotel here.
A property located at the intersection at which The Gulch and SoBro connect is for sale.
The site, home to a Carquest Auto Parts store, is located at 777 Eighth Ave. S. at the southwest corner of the Eighth and Division Street intersection (seen below in an image courtesy of Google Maps). Owner the Stillman family wants to ground lease the property and is asking $500,000 per year.
Arthur Perlen, Centennial Retail Services principal, is representing the family. He said the owner is open to selling outright.
“This particular property has enormous potential for all types of uses,” Perlen (pictured) said.
For example, Metro Planning Department regulations show that a residential building of up to 28 stories (20 floors by right and up to eight floors via bonuses for green space, affordable housing, etc.) is allowed on the site.
Those familiar with The Gulch say Eighth/ Division ranks among the top intersections in the fast-changing district, along with 12th Avenue and Division, the 11th and 12th split and 12th and Demonbreun Street.
The segment of Division Street that spans 12th and Eighth will soon see the opening of a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. In addition, Mainland Urban Development is eyeing a mixed-use project (read more here) to be sited between the buildings home to Rumours Wine Bar in Icon and Yazoo Brewing Co. Nearby, owners of Carter Vintage Guitars, Jackalope Brewing Co. and King Baby Studio have made major improvements to the buildings from which they operate.
On the SoBro side of the Eighth and Division intersection, significant work was done to reinvent the building now home to the Pour House. Relatedly, New York-based Harmolio LLC recently paid $3.53 million for the Voorhees Building.
Ron Brewer, Nashville chapter organizer of message board website urbanplanet.org, said the combination of the planned Division Street Extension and the numerous changes on the southeast fringe of The Gulch render the Stillman family site all the more prime.
“If a residential or mixed-use building is constructed on the site, that could be a game-changer,” said Brewer, who created and maintains a development tracker map (see here) that many of Nashville’s built environment professionals and hobbyists alike use for reference purposes. “The Gulch has pushed growth to the east, west and north. In the case of growth being pushed east, Metro needs to look at the pedestrian accessibility at the intersection of Eighth and Division.”
It appears New York-based chef Jonathan Waxman has got his permit to begin work on a restaurant for a McGavock street building located on the fringe of The Gulch. A veteran of Chez Panisse and Michael's on the West Coast, Waxman gained fame with Jams in New York City and has opened a number of restaurants (including Bud's, Hulot's and Table 29). He is currently the owner of Barbuto in the West Village. Steve Cavendish has done the digging over at Bites.
"TBA NY celebrity chef"? Last year at Music City Eats, Waxman spoke glowingly about Nashville, the area's farms and the city's restaurant scene. What better place to kick off a "series of American bistro style restaurants" than Music City?
If it walks like a Waxman and talks like a Waxman, it's probably a Waxman, right? We'll see soon enough.
Gulch retail shop Kocktails and Kouture — the high-end combination restaurant and clothing boutique at which customers could combine dining and shopping — has closed.
A sign on the door of the shop, which operated at 316 11th Ave. S. from retail/residential building Velocity, reads the location is “permanently” closed.
Kocktails and Kouture officials could not be reached for comment regarding why they closed the business closed of the possibility of it relocating.
Some folks who follow construction projects contend the first major on-site sign of a development's evolution is the erection of a tower crane. On that theme, the first of two tower cranes is being assembled at the Gulch Crossing construction site in The Gulch. The crane is being positioned on 11th Avenue about halfway between the Demonbreun Street Viaduct and Laurel Street (the base of the blue crane can be seen in the below photo courtesy of Ron Brewer). MarketStreet Enterprises is the developer of the mixed-use (office and retail space) Gulch Crossing, which will face 11th Avenue South. JE Dunn Construction is serving as the general contractor with Earl Swensson Associates as the architect.
The future of a proposed pedestrian bridge that would connect The Gulch and SoBro — and, as advocates note, could help spur more development in both districts than might otherwise be the case — is now a question.
Tuesday night, the Metro Council voted 30-2 to indefinitley defer apporval of funding for the project, which is estimated to cost between $15 million and $16 million.
Council members Phil Claiborne, Bruce Stanley, Steve Glover, Charlie Tygard and Emily Evans spoke in opposition to the bridge.
Our SouthComm colleague Steven Hale has the story here.