Downtown Nashville Food and Music Scene Seeing New Growth

Introducing Nashville’s newest addition to downtown Music City, located at 110 2nd Avenue North. Almost Famous will soon replace what was formerly known as The Silver Dollar Saloon, after a complete renovation of the historic 20,000 square foot building that was originally built in 1875. Almost Famous is scheduled to open its doors in the early summer of 2016, and construction has already commenced.

Almost Famous will be an upscale multiple-level Honky Tonk featuring Nashville’s best live music, multiple bars and 7,500 square feet of private event space.  The venue will also include a new 3,000 square foot rooftop bar offering breath taking views of the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium. 

“Our team has been looking at properties for over a year,” said Scott Thompson, Owner and Founder. “And with the addition of the Music City Center to downtown, we focused our search within the Historic Music District and were very fortunate to find the perfect building for our establishment.  Almost Famous will provide a “date worthy experience” at an upscale Honky Tonk, featuring friendly and attentive staff, creative drinks, record-deal-worthy live music, and VIP seating; all within a creatively designed and well-appointed environment.”

Almost Famous will feature multiple bars including two on the main floor; one in the live music venue and the other in the restaurant which faces 1st Avenue and the Cumberland River.  An additional level will offer a central bar with two unique lounge areas offering different views of the city.  The live music venue will feature full-service VIP seating with unobstructed views of the stage. 

The facility will also have private event space that will accommodate the needs of both large and small parties alike, along with a rooftop bar unlike any other in the city. 

The ownership team includes Scott Thompson, a Nashville entrepreneur who has other businesses in the real estate development and education industries, along with a team of local investors. The ownership and management team also includes the granddaughter of the late Dottie West, May West. It was West who came to Thompson and his team with the concept, and as with everything in Music City, it’s all about timing. Thompson and his team had been looking at restaurant properties and loved her idea. West says it was her grandmother and the people she met through the legend that gave her the vision. 

“Growing up in a musical family, I was always meeting someone new, and that same someone could be known by few on a Monday, and playing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry by the following week,” said West. “So many artists get their big break by playing day in and day out in downtown Nashville, and when the right music exec sees their set, they can become a household name in months, not years. That’s where the name Almost Famous came from - we’re all one step away from being famous.”

West says her dream was to create a venue that gave artists the opportunity to be heard, and gave the audience a comfortable, clean setting with great food and service, to possibly discover the next Blake Shelton or Carrie Underwood.