No Stages or Live Music Set for Establishment;
Former GM of The Palm Set to Oversee Diner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 4, 2014) – Steve Smith, owner of legendary honky-tonks Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Honky Tonk Central, and Rippy’s, is bringing a taste of New York City to Nashville, Tennessee.  Avenue Diner, a multi-level eatery being designed after Juniors’, the multi-level New York eatery based in Brooklyn, is set to be constructed on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Demonbreun and will have a Country Music theme.

“I have been very fortunate to bring Nashville some of the best known honky tonks around the country. Now, I am going to bring a diner to downtown, so everyone has a place to go after their late night activities,” says Steve Smith.  “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.”

The other corners of 3rd and Demonbreun are currently occupied by The Pinnacle office tower (where The Southern restaurant is located), Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and Encore condos.  Jonathan Scott, former general manager of Nashville’s The Palm restaurant will serve as Avenue Diner’s general manager.

“In order to make the diner financially sustainable, we have to build up as there is no space to build outward,” adds Smith.

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