SoBro neighborhood restaurant and bar Past Perfect has ceased operations, with its owner seeking a new space for a different concept.
Shawn Courtney, who served as president of Past Perfect Inc., said his lease was not renewed, thus ending an eight-and-a-half-year run for the Third Avenue South watering hole.
When it opened in early 2006, Past Perfect was likely SoBro’s lone Chicago/New York City-style neighborhood restaurant and bar. The dark and quirky space was known for its infused vodkas, low lighting and inventive menu.
“Operating Past Perfect was like attending graduate school,” Courtney (pictured) said. “That experience is what will influence the next business.”
Courtney said he is confident he has found another space in SoBro but declined to disclose the building and the site. He did say his new eatery will involve a simple presentation, likely with no servers and a limited alcoholic beverage lineup (beer only).
Courtney said the new eatery, like Past Perfect, will focus more on locals than on tourists. He said he wants the menu and presentation to be “simple and consistent” and the building accessible to cyclists, pedestrians and motorists (with on-site parking).
City Winery Nashville — the cosmopolitan night spot that is expected to help spur growth within SoBro — will open Oct. 1.
A combination restaurant, music venue and fully functioning winery, City Winery will be located at 609 LaFayette St. and will be the fourth City Winery location, joining those in New York, Chicago and Napa Valley, California.
The facility will be housed in a 30,000-square-foot warehouse space that is being dramatically overhauled (read more here). City Winery Nashville will feature a 300-seat concert hall, restaurant and private dining operation. A head chef has not been announced yet, but the menu will feature more than 400 wines and house-made City Winery selections on tap, according to a release.
“We’ve been eyeing Nashville for a long time and we’re thrilled to finally become a part of its flourishing cultural and culinary scene,” Michael Dorf, City Winery founder and CEO, said in the relase. “The heart of City Winery is its music and what better place than Music City to showcase all types of music in a unique, upscale setting with fine wine and food. We can’t wait to open our doors and provide our guests with a one-of-a-kind concert and dining experience.”
City Winery has a series of soft opening events planned leading up to October’s grand opening. It has partnered with the Americana Music Association to host an awards show after party and has booked a full calendar of shows during the Americana Music Festival. It will also serve as the after-party location for the second annual Music City Food + Wine Festival.
Work has started on the interior of Bakersfield — the restaurant chain inspired by the 1950s-60s rebel era of country music and offering Mexican street food — with the owners targeting a Dec. 1 opening in a street-level retail space of SoBro mixed-use tower Encore.
Joe Lanni, co-founder of Bakersfield parent company The Thunderdome Restaurant Group, said the team handling the build-out includes Virginia-based general contractor TMG Construction Corp. and Arizona-based architect Neptune Design Group.
“We’re pleased to be started down the path to opening, and we’re looking forward to being a great member of the neighborhood,” said Lanni, who declined to disclose a build-out cost. The space faces Third Avenue South at Demonbreun Street and catty-corner from The Southern.
Cincinnati-based The Thunderdome Restaurant Group also includes John Lanni and Alex Blust.
Read more about the project here.
TomKats Inc. is ready to reinvent a Pinnacle at Symphony Place space that will serve as its urban market to be called The Southernaire.
Harvest Construction Co. will serve as general contractor for the project, for which the permit is valued at $353,000.
Read more here.
There are various happenings with the street-level spaces at SoBro-based mixed-use tower Encore.
Austin Benedict, a Nashville-based Colliers International broker who is handling the leasing effort for Encore retail space owners Novare and Jamestown Properties, said a door has been cut for the space to the right of the building’s Third Avenue garage entrance. The space is about 980 square feet and Benedict is targeting operators of juice bars and smoothie businesses.
In addition, clothing boutique Ensemble is days from opening, while work is now underway on the space for Bakersfield, which will offer a menu of Mexican street-style food.
Benedict said Encore’s front left space is drawing interest, and the ownership group is focused on securing a café operator.
The Gulch building home to longstanding wine, spirits and beer store Frugal MacDoogal is set for interior renovations. T.W. Frierson Contractor Inc. will handle the work, with the permit valued at $415,000.
Venerable craft beer master Ken Rebman has opened an small yet inviting taproom at his Czann's Brewing Co. facility, located at 505 Lea Ave. in SoBro, just a block north of Lafayette. Czann's (pronounced "Zahnz") brews three beers (a pale, blonde and IPA) and might just be the most underrated of Nashville's craft beer companies. Our good friend Chris Chamberlain has more here at the Scene.
Read more about Czann's here.