Paradise Park Doors to Close but New Doors will Open
The first time I stepped into 411 Broadway was after a Predators game on January 18, 2007. It was concrete. Empty. Dark. I had never noticed the building before, because as a local I didn’t go downtown very much – though we did take friends out to jump from honky tonk to honky tonk, but at that time such activities meant we needed to be on the other side of Broadway. You know, the side with Tootsie’s and The Stage and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn.
Benjamin took me inside and described his vision – where the bar was going to be, the stage, the fence to divide the food side from the bar side. Full disclosure, I thought he was a little crazy, but it was our first date so I figured I should hear him out. (That was a good decision on my part.)
He had a vision of Paradise Park being a tongue-in-cheek, rowdy, replica-of-a-trailer bar. He had a vision of having quality food offerings downtown instead of the standard frozen food thrown in a vat of oil available at every other honky tonk. He had a vision of a place where locals and tourists would enjoy going to for music, food, and booze.
His vision became a reality – and a pretty successful reality at that. Over the past ten years, the Astroturf floors have welcomed countless numbers of people from all over the world. I can’t tell you how many couples have met in Paradise Park over the years, if children were conceived from those encounters, nor can I tell you if Paradise actually has a legacy, but I suspect it does. (In fact, Benjamin and I now have two children, so maybe you could say ours are!)
To us, Paradise Park has been like a child all these years…needing so much attention in the beginning, and requiring less and less as it continued to grow. Now it’s going off to college and we’re sad but excited. Excited for the next chapter.
Nashville has changed tremendously in the time since Paradise Park opened so this is a chance for a fresh start in an evolving city. The new business going in to 411 will cover all three floors and the rooftop. In the same vein as other Strategic Hospitality restaurants, the food and cocktail menus will be spot-on. A lot of time and attention has gone in to the building’s history, and it will be reflected in the design and details when the new concept opens. We’re excited to stay in 411 and build a new legacy, and we promise to keep our side of Broadway fun.