Old Acme store transformed into new honky tonk on Lower Broad

Old Acme store transformed into new honky tonk on Lower Broad (Image 1)

After months of waiting, Acme Feed & Seed, a local farm supply building turned upscale honky tonk, is finally open for business.

The project is Nashville restaurateur Tom Morales’ newest downtown venture.

The first floor opened last week and offers a fast-casual dining experience for lunch and dinner. It serves 28 beers on tap.

The second floor, expected to open in early August, offers a different experience.

It’s more of a cocktail-lounge area with vintage furniture and will offer patrons appetizers and wine.

The third floor, opening this week, is a private event and music space.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the fourth floor terrace which Morales says offers “the best view in Nashville” and overlooks the Cumberland River and LP Field.

SLIDESHOW: Acme building transformed in downtown

The Acme farm supply business was a fixture in downtown Nashville for nearly 100 years until it closed in the early 1990’s.

The brick building, located at 101 Broadway, has been vacant ever since.

Morales told News 2 he’s been interested in the building for years, but it has been part of a family trust and wasn’t for sale.

The time was apparently right last fall when Morales, owner of TomKats Catering, along with a group of high-profile investors including Steve Moore, former CEO of the Country Music Association, country music star Alan Jackson, Crocs Inc. founder George Boedecker Jr. and music industry publicist Nancy Russell announced plans for the new restaurant.

The group signed a long-term lease. Part of the deal was that they would maintain the integrity of the building.

“We were persistent and the family finally said, ‘Hey do it, but do it right,’ and so we took that as our marching orders,” said Morales.

Morales told News 2 they tried not to change anything except what was required by the Metro Codes Department.

Everything inside the building has been repurposed.

“The tables here are the braces to the subfloor and it’s just beautiful wood. The beadboard ceiling and subfloors also became part of the bar,” Morales pointed out during News 2’s tour. “It’s been really fun watching something that most people consider construction trash become something that is usable.”

The bar stools are made from old whiskey barrels in Kentucky.

Morales said the project cost approximately $7 million to complete.

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