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Beloved bar back in business

Beloved bar back in business

A legendary Nashville landmark, Bobby's Idle Hour, has reopened at a new and improved location just in time for Easter weekend—call it a resurrection, if you like. For decades, the 16th Avenue South tavern served as a watering hole for Music Rowers, songwriters, singers and a close-knit family of regulars that ranged from the down-and-out to the up-and coming, from lawmakers to law-keepers, from slumming bluebloods to rock-solid blue collars.

When the landlord sold the property late last year, owners and patriarch-matriarch Bobby and Dianne Herald were forced to shut the doors that were always open to everyone. This was a tragedy of epic proportions to the Idle Hour faithful, who scoffed at the notion of taking their business—and their impromptu guitar pulls—to the upscale, youth-oriented bars on Demonbreun Street.

Among those who came to the rescue was Metro Council member at-large Adam Dread, who helped the Heralds secure the former Kim's Market, just one block down from the original location. Renovations—so to speak—are finally completed, and Bobby's popped its first top this Thursday. A grand opening party will take place the second week of April (stay posted for exact date), but why wait? Drop by 1028 16th Ave. S. this weekend, lift a cold one and remember that it's always too late to leave early at the Idle Hour. Bring your own Peeps.


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