But the latest rumblings seem to indicate that we're within a week of No. 308's big night. Unfortunately, I'll be traveling over the holidays, so if you get a chance to crash the door before me, leave your impressions here in the comments. I'm guessing you'll really like the vibe, and owners Ben and Alexis have the potential to become rock-star bartenders in this town. They're just good people whom I think you'll enjoy bending an elbow with.
Cooper's on Porter is the brainchild of Cooper Brunk, formerly chef at Mack and Kate’s. Opening in a building that was previously a nursing home and which will contain retail as well as apartments for low-income, deaf and hearing-impaired residents, Cooper's on Porter aims to be "a swanky brewhouse." They plan to offer 24 draft beer selections of domestic microbrews, premium beers by the bottle and a substantial wine list. Food will revolve around Chef Cooper's take on classic American fare.
Cooper's Facebook page reads like a case study in how dogged persistence will eventually triumph in the face of a seemingly endless stream of unexpected obstacles. In other words, kids, don't think it's easy to open a restaurant. As the Mythbusters say, "Don't try this at home. We're professionals!" Even as he prepares to open, Copper has been laid low by the dreaded strep, and the resulting pharyngitis has left him waiting on "R" for his recovery before he swings open the saloon doors.
Here's wishing the best of luck to all these brave entrepreneurs, and congratulations to our friends in East Nashville who are about to get two new cool places to drink. Cheers!
407 Gallatin Ave.
Cooper's on Porter
701 Porter Road