The Row: New Member Spotlight

TheRow-0222Imagine a place that encompasses Nashville, the old and the new. A place that pairs traditional Southern fare with progressive cuisine. It’d have to be a place that takes all of the goodness and grit of the city and houses it in a building rich with historical significance—one that pays homage to the country music legends, while saluting the artists of the future. A place where the rights to an award-winning song are sold over a bar tab, and it’s not uncommon to brush shoulders with a living legend.

This place exists, and it’s called The Row.

When industry folks aren’t working, they come to this spot, tucked on a side street between Music Row and Midtown, for a local brew.  Although The Row is technically new to the neighborhood (having opened its doors in March 2013), the structure has long since made its mark as the undiscovered star of the Nashville scene. The former Long Horn Steak House has served as a local watering hole for influential Music Row and tastemakers.

“This was a place where the guys in the industry would come to eat, drink, kick back and relax and also do business,” said Ryan Decker, marketing manager for The Row.

Decker, who has been with the restaurant since it swung open its doors, was a server for owner and longtime restaurateur Kelly Black for more than 12 years.  Black worked for years before retiring to the restaurant industry, and ultimately saving the building that housed many memories for him and others in the field.

It was within these infamous walls at 110 Lyle Avenue that Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn were first introduced, and Earl Bud Lee sold the publishing rights to “Friends in Low Places” for a bar tab. The song went on to be one of Garth Brooks’ greatest hits.

Step inside and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The walls are lined with artifacts collected throughout Black’s years in the business: gold records and multiplatinum albums, memorabilia and photographs—most of it given to Black from people he worked with. Even the art is local. Arguably one of the most prolific songwriters, the late Harlan Howard, was said to have his own booth at the Long Horn—needless to say, his songs and pictures still scatter the walls, keeping his memory alive.

But, arguably The Row’s the greatest claim to fame is not in the accolades of the building and its famous visitors, but in their bar program and their Southern-inspired cuisine—all with a Nashville twist, of course!

“We want to pay homage to the great singers and songwriters that shaped country music in Nashville, but we also want to toast to the future,” Decker said.

That toast might call for one of The Row’s 24 draft beers—all brewed here in Nashville or somewhere in the South—or one of their eight local whiskeys from their “Whiskey Wall.”

Also headlining the menu is their Nashville hot chicken, served on a habanero corn cake and drizzled with local Tennessee honey, and their show-stopping chicken-fried chicken.

Honoring Nashville’s new and upcoming craft cocktail scene is The Row’s social lubricant menu—all named after iconic Nashville symbols. The Whiskey Nelson and the Cumberland Cucumber come highly recommended.

Aside from the star-studded walls and noteworthy menu, The Row also attracts crowds with the acts that grace their stage six nights out of the week.

“It wouldn’t be a Nashville restaurant without live music,” Decker said. “Monday through Saturday, the space is home to incredible artists and many of their original tunes. Our schedule is scattered with open-mic sessions, writers’ nights and more—all artist-centric.”

They recently launched a breakfast menu, served Monday through Friday, and extensive offer of local products punctuated by a Bloody Mary bar.

No matter the day of the week, one thing’s for sure: if you visit The Row you will get an authentic Nashville experience.