BREAKING NEWS: Shootings near TSU

BREAKING NEWS: Shootings near TSU

  • 01/26/15 01:41:21 PM

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24 Hour Diner or Honky Tonk? SoBro Residents Petition--Mikayla Lewis

Day or night, Lower Broadway is described by some as always buzzing.

Josh Higginbotham, tourist says, "It's upbeat and a happening place."

The beat dies down just a few blocks south on Demonbreun and 3rd Avenue.

Steven Lassiter, SoBro resident says, "This area is a lot quieter, especially at night ."

Some residents are concerned the noise could be right outside their doors, with a new 24-hour diner across the street. Metro Codes lists the property owners as Avenue Diner LLC, which includes co-owners of Tootsie's.

Lassiter says, "Having a place to eat 24 hours  that doesn't bother me, but if they are going to make it like one of their places on Broadway, that's going to be an issue."

It is an issue that dozens fear and are trying to prevent with an online petition and Facebook page. "Stop The 24-hour Diner on Demonbreun" group wrote: " The owners of property on the southeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Demonbreun represented they would be renovating an existing historic building to build a diner inspired by Junior's in New York City.  The original historic building has been demolished and the building plans suggest there will be a bar on each floor of the replacement building with open air floors and a roof top patio similar to Honky Tonk Central.  A honky tonk in the heart of the residential area in SoBro would be a complete nuisance and detract from property values for those who have invested in residences in this area.  The proposed site plan would circumvent the Downtown Code and Metro's planning goals.  It would destroy the 14 foot sidewalks that have made SoBro so attractive to pedestrian trafffic, upscale restaurants, upscale hotels, and the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  Keep the honky tonks on Lower Broad! We the undersigned hereby petition the Metro Planning Commision to hold these owners accountable for the demoltion of a historic buidling and stop installation of a 24 hour honky tonk in the heart of the SoBro district now."

The group also posted a video comparing the noise levels of SoBro and Lower Broadway areas. The group posted a photo of a Metro Stop Work Order on the site a few weeks ago. Some would like to order food or listen to music at any hour though.

Josh Higginbotham, tourist  says, " I think right there would be convenient for a lot of people especially visiting around the hotels and stuff."

Terry Cook, tourist says, "I think it would cater to really everyone, everyone would benefit from it."

The property owners could not be reached for comment.