Man behind Melrose plans West Nashville watering hole

Former Charlotte car lot to become Melrose West

The former home of a car lot at 44th Avenue and Charlotte Pike could become West Nashville's newest bar.

In March, the property — which once sited Lavender Motors — was sold for $400,000 to the innocuously-named 4408 Charlotte Pike Partners with George Spiva as the lone listed general partner. As a GP, Spiva has fronted a number of hip retail and restaurant projects — including Berry Hill bar The Melrose.

On April 15, an application was submitted for a building permit to add 1,500 square feet of covered space to the car lot's former office building. The permitting fee has yet to be paid, but the application was made in the name of Melrose West, according to the Metro Codes office.

Spiva directed calls to the owner-operator of The Melrose's original location, Austin Ray. Before The Melrose, Ray operated Bar Twenty3 and City Hall.

Ray declined comment.

Melrose West would be the second new bar opened in the stretch of West Nashville between West End and White Bridge Road this year. Neighbors of Sylvan Park on Murphy Road had its beer permit OK'd at Wednesday's meeting of the Metropolitan Beer Board, though the permit wasn't formally issued due to some missing paperwork. Once that step is complete, the permit will be issued. Neighbors expects to open in May.

See also: The neighborhood shuffle, our January look at needs for various neighborhoods — including bars and restaurants for that section of West Nashville.