Last fall, I told you about the opening of Bar No. 308 and the story of the co-owners Alexis Soler and Ben Clemons. In the months since, No. 308 has established itself as a favorite East Nashville watering hole by featuring expertly crafted, inventive cocktails and a warm, clubby environment. Or it may just be that once patrons climb up on those tractor seat bar stools, they just can't get down to leave. ...
Regardless, Soler and Clemons have spent practically every waking hour building up a loyal clientele and managing their fledgling business. Now people are starting to take notice. The cover story in the latest issue of Garden and Gun magazine is titled "Southern Women" — the piece seeks to redefine the concept of the Southern Belle through a series of profiles of modern Southern women they categorize as "Taste Makers," "Artists" and "Epicureans." Whether or not Southern belles really need redefinition is probably a topic for debate, but not here on the food blog.
But what is notable here is that in the Epicureans section, Soler was recognized for her talents as an entrepreneur and mixologist. Her sultry portrait taken at No. 308 certainly is an eye-catcher, but if you think it was easy, take a look at this behind-the-scenes video that I found of her photo shoot.
It's similar to what Alex and Ben do so well at No. 308. They take an extremely difficult job and make it look effortless while maintaining their senses of humor and engaging personalities. That's why I knew they would be a hit when I first heard about their project last year.
So drop by No. 308 and congratulate Alexis on her newfound fame while you enjoy one of her classic cocktails. Maybe she'll even autograph your issue for you.