For a while we've been hearing that East Nashville's Riverside Village is getting its own neighborhood pub. Now we know that construction is nearly done and the owners hope to open in April.
A couple of bartending entrepreneurs and the owner of the popular Mitchell Delicatessen are working together on the project, called Village Pub & Beer Garden.
Jesse Hamilton and his wife Tracy are bartending veterans (she at Gold Rush, he at South Street and Logan's) who in 2005 launched their own business supplying bartenders and beverage supplies for private parties.
Now they are opening a European-style pub and beer garden, which Jesse hopes will become the social hub of the neighborhood surrounding Riverside Village. "The idea is to make friends first, drink second," he says. Food will be a priority, as well, but not formal entrees. Delicatessen owner David Mitchell is building a menu of various artisan cheeses and meats to complement beer and wine.
The space is a 1940s-era house and former thrift shop at 1308 McGavock Pike. It's not actually in the restored commercial strip called Riverside Village, but the idea is to brand the surrounding neighborhood under that name.
In addition to the Hamiltons and David Mitchell, David's father, Jimmy Mitchell is a partner in the business. The plan is to serve not just beer and wine, but a full bar as well. It will be a cozy place with 75 seats and 13 spots at the bar. The outdoor beer garden should prove popular once the weather thaws.
Check out the pub's Facebook page here.