New York Style Diner Set For Nashville’s Demonbreun Street

Rendering of Avenue Diner

Rendering of Avenue Diner

Steve Smith, owner of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Honky Tonk Central, and Rippy’s, is bringing some New York City atmosphere to Nashville with the introduction of Avenue Diner. The multi-level eatery is designed after Brooklyn eatery Juniors, and is set to be built on the corner of 3rd Ave. and Demonbreun. The eatery will have a Country music theme. Jonathan Scott, former general manager for Nashville’s The Palm, will serve as Avenue Diner’s general manager.

The other corners of 3rd and Demonbreun house The Pinnacle office tower (which includes The Southern restaurant), Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and Encore condos.

“I have been very fortunate to bring Nashville some of the best known honky-tonks around the country,” says Smith. While Avenue Diner will be Country music-themed, don’t expect actual live music in the venue. “There will be no live entertainment or stages in the diner, making it a place for people to enjoy good conversation with a good meal,” continues Smith.

It is estimated that Avenue Diner will be opened in early 2015.


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