Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Venue Alert: William Tyler & Co. To Open The Stone Fox in West Nashville This Summer

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Over at Nashville Cream, D. Patrick Rodgers ("D. Piddy" to his close friends) has the deets on plans for a new music venue/bar/restaurant:

Unless this is your first time checking in at our humble little corner of the Internet (in which case, welcome), you've likely heard us talk at great length about critically acclaimed local guitarman William Tyler (Lambchop, Silver Jews, William Tyler, more). You may also be familiar with his sister, Elise Tyler, who's done some local innovating as well as penning a piece or two for our paper. Actually, the sibs also make up 50 percent of familial supergroup The Tyler Family Band, along with accomplished songwriter Papa Dan and the always enchanting Mama Adele.

But the object of this post isn't just to salute the achievements of the Tyler family, multitudinous as they may be. The Tylers — along with a couple of other local entrepreneurs — plan to open a venue/restaurant/club/hang-out spot by the name of The Stone Fox. While there isn't any info yet at their listed URL, the Tylers & Co. recently created a Facebook page for The Stone Fox, which will be located at 712 51st Ave N. Is that technically in The Nations? Sylvan Park? Where my local-neighborhood wonks at? Regardless, the building over the years has been home to establishments called Len's Den, Area 51 and Grandpaw Too's.

In an email to the Scene, Elise outlined all the plans for The Stone Fox, noting that "the venue is going to be around 200 capacity," that they will have a "small menu (five or so offerings a day)" and drinks that will "run the gamut with everything from $2 drafts to $12 cocktails," and that they "would love to showcase local and touring acts" with roughly "two shows a week" and "karaoke, movie nights, trivia, DJs, etc." on other nights. Now, I know we were excited at the prospect of The Humdrum opening in East Nashville, but we've gotten word that The Humdrum isn't going to work out. Where one dream kicks the bucket, another springs up in its place. C'est la vie, c'est Nashville. The Tylers say they hope to have The Stone Fox up and running come July. To see Elise's full email with all the details, have a look after the jump. Also, have a listen to Area Code 615's "Stone Fox Chase." Just because.


to give you a rundown, the building's owners (who are awesome) are doing a complete renovation of the space- down to the studs. we are patiently waiting until it is ready for us to move in, which we are told should be around june 1. i was over there yesterday checking out the progress, and it looks great. the building (which used to be called len's den, and before that it was area 51 and grandpaw too's) is a 100 year old house that was turned into a bar sometime in the mid-20th century. it has very high ceilings that are vaulted in some parts of the house, including in the space that will be the venue. the venue area was actually an addition built sometime in the 70's. the entire place has a great, home style vibe that we think everyone will love.

it will be non-smoking inside, but we have a big front porch and even larger covered back porch and patio for the smokers. we plan to start out as evening service only during the week, and then open all day on saturday and sunday. our bar will run the gamut with everything from $2 drafts to $12 cocktails with homemade syrups and fresh fruit. we are hoping to offer regional beers and spirits, as well as some lesser known brands that aren't offered elsewhere in the city. we really want to appeal to both the dive bar crowd and the patterson house lovers- i figure, i like both, so other people must too!

our kitchen is still in the works, but we have pretty much decided on our menu staples ... we will have a small menu (5 or so offerings a day) that changes regularly, though again, our staple items will remain intact. we are taking a cue from the food truck model- simple food, modest options, but fresh, delicious, and creative. on saturdays and sundays, we will throw in some brunch fair for the early crowd.

the venue is going to be around 200 capacity, and we would love to showcase local and touring acts, though we are going to be somewhat selective- we hope to only have 2 shows a week, and offer other entertainment (karaoke, movie night, trivia, dj's, etc) on other nights. we want to book a variety of musical genres, and help fill the gap nashville has for 200-250 capacity clubs.

so, in a nutshell, that's the stone fox! the community activist in me is already thinking of ways to involve the community- a neighborhood garden, yardsales/craft fairs to raise money for the neighborhood, using the space during off hours as a free place for non-profits to meet...i have a lot of thoughts. i don't want to just run a "bar." i have had a hard time describing the place in a single word- "bar" and "venue" don't cut it- so i have ended up saying "club," as that word has more communal implications and less dark vibes. we want the stone fox to be a happy, safe place for friends and the community to gather. a modern day pub.

thank you for your support and i will definitely keep you updated. we hope to open in early july!

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