The owners are seeking to re-create the feeling of the 1930s in their space, when Douglas Corner was the terminus of the mule trolley that brought people downtown from the outskirts of Nashville. The baristas will be dressed in black aprons and ties to add a little class to the joint, and the furnishings seek to be both comfortable and formal at the same time.
In a story that you couldn't make up, the two long communal tables are constructed from maple planks that were milled for a bowling alley in China during the middle of the century. They then became the lanes at Haywood Lanes, until that alley was torn down. Now they have been repurposed into a place for coffee lovers to share the great roasts at Roast. If only that wood could talk, it would probably say "我们在哪里?"
The new 8th and Roast will sell beans and grind to go, as well as offering a single-brew service. The "self-pour" station employs an old lunch counter that was part of the Commerce Street bus station back in the '70s. The vibe in this new coffee shop should be really interesting.
If you want to see it before it officially opens sometime in the next few weeks, drop in this afternoon, when they'll be cupping some of their various roasts and brewing methods for free tastings and to introduce themselves to the neighborhood. They'll also be selling bags of beans to go for that perfect cup to wash down the pumpkin pie after your Thanksgiving dinner next week.