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Broadway Brewhouse opens a third location to thirsty patrons

by Kay West | Nashville Scene

Broadway Brewhouse is now playing on Lower Broad, taking over the former Harley Holt furniture store briefly occupied by Casa Bona restaurant. The other two locations—the original in midtown backed up to Mojo Grill, and Brewhouse West on Highway 70—remain open and thriving. Co-owner Kelly Jones says he wasn’t particularly looking to open a third, but his friend, and now partner, Hardy Ross made him a deal he couldn’t refuse.    “Hardy has Rippy’s downtown, so he knows the area pretty well,” says Jones, speaking loudly over the hubbub of construction and service crews putting the final touches on the transformation of the Italian restaurant into a decidedly downscaled roadhouse. “He and I ski together, and last winter at Beaver Creek he said there might be a space opening up soon on Lower Broad. Next thing I knew, he called and told me we had it. I didn’t even know exactly where it was, but with everything that’s happening downtown, I figured I’d better get in while we still can.”    While the bar opened June 2, chef Ed Arace—responsible for Mojo Grill and Brewhouse West—is keeping things tight and light in the kitchen, anticipating that huge spillover from the CMA Music Festival might overwhelm the restaurant its first week of operation. He expects to roll out the full menu, including pizzas, by the third week of June. Meanwhile, customers can wet their whistle from among 72 taps behind the 60-foot bar. Broadway Brewhouse is at 317 Broadway (271-2838), and like its siblings will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Full Article