THE LISTENING ROOM CAFE RE-OPENS AT ITS NEW LOCATION ON SECOND AVENUE IN SOBRO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - January 24, 2013 - One of Nashville’s favorite restaurants and performance stages is ready to welcome back diners and music lovers when The Listening Room Cafe re-opens at its new address (217 Second Avenue S., Nashville, TN 37201) on Monday, Jan. 28 for full lunch and dinner service. The new location in the growing SoBro area of Nashville is within walking distance of the new Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Riverfront Park, and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway.
“I created The Listening Room Cafe five years ago because I wanted a place that served great food and drinks for people listening to incredible music in an environment that was both fun and welcoming,” said owner Chris Blair. “I am happy to say that it quickly became one of THE places in town to hear live music performed by both artists and songwriters. We will continue to host great performances in our new, larger location which is conveniently located in the midst of downtown Nashville’s food and music district.”
Blair knows a thing or two about good music and great performances, being a songwriter and performer himself. He originally moved from St. Louis to Nashville when he received attention from a major record label. Years later, the man who was born with perfect pitch dreamed of creating the best-sounding room in Nashville, a dream he fulfilled when The Listening Room Cafe was born in 2008. Through the years, artists ranging from Trace Adkins to Keith Urban have performed on its stage. When the opportunity came to move into a larger location in the SoBro area, Blair embraced the challenge of recreating Nashville’s best-sounding room once again.
Award-winning songwriter Victoria Shaw has been quoted as saying, “It’s always a pleasure to play The Listening Room. It has one of the best sound systems in town!” And performer Jeremy Lister said “The Listening Room is one of the greatest venues in town. From the amazing sound system, great food, comfortable atmosphere, and the staff, it's one of my favorite places to frequent in Nashville."
As Lister says above, The Listening Room Cafe was also known for its food in addition to the performers that played on its stage. That tradition will be carried on under the watch of its new executive chef, Joshua Champion, who most recently served as Executive Chef at the award-winning 440 Main in Bowling Green. Earlier in his career, he was the Sous Chef at Bluegrass Brewing Company, one of the nation’s 25 largest microbreweries. Champion earned his culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando. A Kentucky native, Champion grew up performing bluegrass music with his family, and had the opportunity to share a stage with Bill Monroe, Del McCoury, and Tony Rice.
Diners can feast on Smoked Pork Steak, Whiskey Salmon, Cajun Fish Tacos, Baked Ravioli, Pecan-Crusted Chicken Fingers, Stuffed Portobello, Slinger Cheeseburger, House-Made Seasoned Chips, and much more. And, of course, The Listening Room Cafe’s famous Sweet + Spicy Pickles are a menu highlight.
In addition to Blair and Champion, the staff includes Stephanie Margalis as general manager and Chase Armstrong as booking coordinator for performances.
The Listening Room Cafe is open Monday-Thursday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and Friday-Saturday from 11:00 AM to Midnight. The restaurant is non-smoking and welcomes diners and music fans of all ages. Everything on the menu is also available for take-out. There are plenty of well-lighted, paid parking lots in the area around the restaurant. The phone number for the restaurant is (615) 259-3600. Visit online at www.listeningroomcafe.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Listening-Room-Cafe/37292526543, and on Twitter at @listeningroom.