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East Nashville Neighborhood
Nashville's musicians and artists had already put down roots in this bohemian neighborhood by the early 2000s, and, as real estate moguls know, where artists go, cool things follow. East Nashville now has some of the city's best restaurants, bars, and shops—and property prices have skyrocketed accordingly. The modern restaurant renaissance began with people like Margot McCormack, who overhauled an old service station to create Margot Café and Bar. And thanks to Meg and Bret MacFadyen at the Art & Invention Gallery, East Nashville throws one of the best summer parties in town each year, the Tomato Art Fest. Other neighborhood destinations include restaurants like Lockeland Table and Butcher & Bee as well as shopping venues like the Groove and the Idea Hatchery. While country music rules downtown, the music venues on this side of the river, like the 5 Spot and the Basement East, are more apt to book rock acts.