Anyone who frequented Cabana knew Kerry, who was a staple in the Nashville bartending community for more than 20 years. Kerry managed Cabana's bar. (Here's the obituary Jennifer Justus wrote in The Tennessean.)
"The event is a celebration of life for Kerry Uhl," said Craig Clifft, managing partner of Cabana, who described Uhl as "a very kind person who always put everybody else before himself."
I didn't know Kerry well, but I can attest that what Craig says is true. Cabana has always been a favorite spot of mine to grab a quick bite before a movie at the Belcourt, or to meet up with my girlfriends for Cabana's GNO (yes, that's "Girls' Night Out" ... not as cheesy as it sounds, I promise) events on Wednesdays. We'd chat with Kerry, watch clueless guys hit on uninterested girls, and order everything on the appetizer menu.
In January, I was having drinks there with my girlfriends while Kerry was tending bar. I was crocheting a pair of sparkly blue gloves, a belated Christmas gift for a friend (I bring yarn and needles to bars sometimes). One of the waitresses working that night spotted the gloves and told me she really liked them. Kerry, meanwhile, overheard the conversation, and offered to buy the gloves to give them to his co-worker to brighten her shift. I have a feeling he did stuff like that every day — he was just one of those super nice, thoughtful guys. I hope many of you Bites folks got a chance to meet him over the years.
Kerry Uhl had worked at Cabana since Randy Rayburn (Sunset Grill, Midtown Cafe) opened it in 2005, and Kerry's brother Brian still serves as the executive chef there.
Tomorrow's event will include a silent auction, and donations will be accepted to help Uhl's family with expenses.