Friday, April 29, 2011

Rumors of new pub on Charlotte gaining traction

As was recently speculated here, it seems the former Lavender Motors site at 44th and Charlotte Avenues, could become the west side location of The Melrose on 8th Ave. This latest news from The Nashville Post seems to just about confirm that the rumor is indeed true.

The former home of a car lot at 44th Avenue and Charlotte Pike could become West Nashville's newest bar.

In March, the property — which once sited Lavender Motors — was sold for $400,000 to the innocuously-named 4408 Charlotte Pike Partners with George Spiva as the lone listed general partner. As a GP, Spiva has fronted a number of hip retail and restaurant projects — including Berry Hill bar The Melrose.

On April 15, an application was submitted for a building permit to add 1,500 square feet of covered space to the car lot's former office building. The permitting fee has yet to be paid, but the application was made in the name of Melrose West, according to the Metro Codes office.

Spiva directed calls to the owner-operator of The Melrose's original location, Austin Ray. Before The Melrose, Ray operated Bar Twenty3 and City Hall.

Ray declined comment.

Melrose West would be the second new bar opened in the stretch of West Nashville between West End and White Bridge Road this year. Neighbors of Sylvan Park on Murphy Road had its beer permit OK'd at Wednesday's meeting of the Metropolitan Beer Board, though the permit wasn't formally issued due to some missing paperwork. Once that step is complete, the permit will be issued. Neighbors expects to open in May.

This is more great news for Charlotte Avenue. Another great investment that will enliven Charlotte Avenue with pedestrian activity.

The only thing that seems out of place with this whole story is the fact that there has been a new for sale/lease sign out front since the property sold with Spiva's name on it...

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