Nashville’s up and coming neighborhood known as The Gulch has changes ahead. A new dance club, events venue and bar is headed to the area.
Business partners Austin Ratliff and London Parfitt of The Status Group, whose resumes’ include working with Virago and Whiskey Kitchen, are remodeling the building at 125 12th Avenue North, across from 12th and Porter. The venue, to be named Anthem, is planned to open in early 2013.
The space most recently was occupied by lounge MAI, which closed a month ago. Before that, the building housed the Lot 7 lounge and nightspots Katatonic and Pub of Love.
Anthem will add to the pot that is music venues in Nashville; a category of developments that has been growing rapidly over the past couple of years. A year ago, music venue Marathon Music Works opened at 1402 Clinton St. near downtown. And House of Blues has been scouting the downtown area for a location of the music and restaurant venue concept owned by concert promoter Live Nation.
Anthem co-owner Parfitt believes Anthem will fill a different pair of shoes that Nashville doesn’t yet have as venues are concerned. Hopes are that Anthem will cater to a more mature clientele but still have the energy and life of a late-night dance club with space for live music and events, too.
Anthem will offer very versatile space, in its 9,000 square foot unit. In addition to the dance club, music venue and events space, a restaurant and boutique dive bar, Revelry, is planned along with a 3,000 square-foot staging/green room for artists. Chad Combs, formerly of Lime, radius10 and Whiskey Kitchen, was hired as chef to create a menu highlighted by southern chic food. Anthem will employ more than 50.
Anthem will be designed to hold up to 1,200 people. The owners also have plans to partner with nearby 12th and Porter for outdoor events that could accommodate up to 10,000 attendees. Anthem would offer an outlet for indie rock, electro and other music beyond country.
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