Is there any doubt that the national media has a crush on Nashville? Check out Hollywood Reporter’s feature on Music City’s coolness and “long-percolating renaissance.” The article references favorite haunts of A-listers and mentions Nashville-specific experiences such as ordering a short stack at Hillsboro Village’s Pancake Pantry or the ice cream on the east side of town at The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden.
Read the article here.
Gary Everton and his team at EOA Architects are looking into redevelopment options for the historic former Tennessee State Prison building. Among the alternatives on the table are relocating some of the Department of Corrections' offices and creating a museum chronicling the state's prison history.
The other issue is funding. The earlier office renovation proposal was $27 million — about $11 million more than the state paid to renovate the State Capitol building in 2012.
If a museum option is on the table, the state could look to outside nonprofit groups or a public-private financing partnership.
Shawn Turner at HotelNewsNow.com says many lenders to the hotel industry have escaped from having to make some tough decisions on certain properties. Valuations in the hospitality sector, Turner writes, are almost back to their pre-recession peaks just a few years after taking big hits. In short, extend and pretend worked.
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is slated to open in June at the Municipal Auditorium, according to Joe Chambers, the facility’s CEO.
On May 9, officials gathered to unveil a Musicians Way street sign (seen in the below photo) in anticipation of the opening.
Pictured from left to right: Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau; Randy Lovett, director of the Metro Public Works Department; Chambers; Linda Chambers, COO of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum; Mayor Karl Dean; Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, District 19; and Peter Heidenreich, Hall Strategies.
Read more about the genesis of the museum here.
Stagecoach’s Megabus has suffered some stumbles during its relatively brief time in the Nashville market (you'll recall the location challenge the company faced, as well as its discontinuation of serving some markets from Music City). But Megabus is doing very well overall, thank you. Read more here.