Market Street Emporium Changes

As I hinted in an earlier post, and my colleague MisterNashville noted on his blog, changes are afoot at the Nashville Emporium: Specifically: Windows on the Cumberland, after 20 years at its Market Street Emporium location, has been told to vacate the premises by the end of September. Windows on the Cumberland has been a go-to location for new music acts in Nashville looking for an open ear — as well as the defacto home of Nashville favorite AKA Rudie.

But fear not, Windows-heads: Boots assures me that they’ve got a lock on a new location, which will be announced soon.

WotC is not the only establishment getting the boot. The building was purchased by “Dose of Blues Management”, and the rumor is that they aim to turn the first two floors into an “upscale jazz nightclub”, and so Cafe O2, a boutique/oxygen bar, will also be forced to move to 4th and Molloy. No word on the short or long-term future for Nightowl Cafe, or Mainstreat (owned by Charlie, former owner of WotC, himself).

“Dose of Blues” has made no friends with the short-notice evictions, which were delivered during business hours in front of customers. They also rob WotC of its busiest season (Sep-May) and rob Cafe O2 of the opportunity to reap the rewards for its investment and increasing clientelle this fall and winter. Further adding to the confusion is that while letters of intent to not renew leases are flying fast and furious, “Dose of Blues” did actually bring in one new tenant: err, a psychic reader. It’s not immediately clear to this author how that fits into any sort of grand scheme, or even simply to buy, remodel and flip the property.

Nashville has no shortage of abandoned (or near-abandoned) warehouses in the Lower Broad area begging to be remodeled into an “upscale jazz bar” — or anything, really. Is it really necessary to displace a Nashville institution and other fledgling small businesses to do it at the Emporium?

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