Archive for August, 2007

Stubbing Their Toes With the First Step

The newly proposed ownership group that wants to buy the Predators is asking for some concessions in the arena contract with Metro to help improve profitability. In return, they pledge to try to bring twice as many events into the arena to increase the city’s revenues and help stimulate the downtown economy.

In related news, Eddie Van Halen and The Eddie Van Halen Band* has announced a new tour with Diamond Dave. They’re not coming to Nashville.

Strike one.

*Rockin’ Todd Snider song reference

Chains, chains, shackles and chains

Just a quickie to point out this Nashville Business Journals item about Einstein Bros. Bagels (they have the best ticker symbol: BAGL) and Max & Erma’s looking to open here in town. I’ve seen both in various places throughout the country but have never been to either.

Anyone with experience care to weigh in on whether we should be excited?

But I Liked It When My Pizza Tasted Like Menthols

Most laws passed by the TN legislature traditionally go into effect at the beginning of the next fiscal year, July 1. That’s why Gramma needs to take her driver’s license with her to Kroger to buy cooking sherry even though we took away her car keys years ago.

But in an effort to appease the tobacco lobby, the Smoke Free Tennessee legislation will not officially be enacted until October 1, 2007. Smoke `em if you got `em.

But not at Bosco’s in Hillsboro Village.

Franklin Sounds? What, like cash registers?

So what do you all think about the possibility of the Sounds stadium in Franklin? Bob Krumm brings it up over on but since we’ve had a few discussions about it here, I thought I’d get our readers’ perspectives, too.

Is it a weird idea? Are you, like Bob K, thinking about the tax burden? Or are you thinking about the convenience of a pre-game dinner at Wild Noodles? (Sorry, I’m partial to their Thai peanut salad.)

Like Sand Through the Hourglass…

Erstwhile MetroBlogger BusyMom first pointed to this over a year ago, but now Nashville Soap Opera has begun to advertise itself on traditional media. (i.e. WSMV during the Today Show)

They apparently have finally shelled out the $7.99 to buy their own domain and get it off of Bart Durham’s law office site, but it is still just as bizarre as ever.

Breaking: 2525 West End on Fire

A friend just called me from West End Avenue, reporting that there is a fire at the 2525 development (home of the Marriott, P.F. Changs, Borders, etc.) I have nothing except her brief phone call to go on, but she described the fire as “major” and said she saw several fire trucks on the scene. Can anyone confirm?

Update (4:25pm): Apparently, the fire is in P.F. Changs.

You’d Think the Addition of Tequila Could Make Up for a Lot

After my first dining experience at Rosario’s on Villa Place, I acknowledged that I had probably jumped the gun on my review and that they deserved a little more time to get their act together and their liquor license before I issued my final judgment. So I gave them three weeks before I returned with two of my friends to see if the combination of some additional staff training and the liberal application of alcohol might make the dining experience more pleasurable.

In a word…no. (Go ahead and pronounce that like you were saying it in Spanish.)

12South Area to get Detailed Neighborhood Design Plan

I’ve long been a fan of the 12South area, having gone there for years now on Tuesday nights for Mafiaoza’s 2-for-1 beers. Lately, I’ve occasionally been hitting 12South Taproom after work for their jazz happy hour as well. So as a frequent visitor I was intrigued to read today that Metro is planning to implement a Detailed Neighborhood Design Plan for the area, which could potentially include “down-zoning of residential space to prevent multi-family developments, or a conservation overlay to protect historic structures.”

For the most part I think this is probably a good idea, but at the same time I don’t think it would hurt to have some low-rise, higher-density housing along 12th Avenue in that area, either. Regardless, it will be interesting to watch this process as it goes along and see what kinds of plans get put in place for this vital and quickly-growing district.

Preds Could Get Local Owners, After All

They said it couldn’t be done. They said the team was definitely moving to Canada. But the Research in Motion CEO may have gone one step too far by selling season tickets for the Preds in Canada. For that and many other reasons, it seems that momentum in the fight to purchase the Nashville Predators has swung back in the direction of a local ownership group. Though the deal is far from done, the local group has signed an LOI and gone hard with $10 million to buy the Predators from Leipold. Here’s hoping…

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