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New Businesses Come to Charlotte Avenue

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© Jack's Bar-B-Que is set to open next month on Charlotte Avenue © Jack's Bar-B-Que is set to open next month on Charlotte Avenue

by Shannon Royster

Nashville, Tenn. - Charlotte Avenue is changing and it's happening quickly.  New businesses are setting up shop.

Jack Cawthon, owner of Jack's Bar-B-Que, will soon open his third restaurant. This one seats 80 people and puts five lots together on the corner of 16th Avenue North and Charlotte Avenue.

"We felt this is the next big growth area," said Cawthon. "They call it mid-town but I think I'm downtown."

The restaurant isn't the only business setting up shop.  The old Hostess Bakery outlet at 42nd and Charlotte was purchased by Commercial Realty Services.

"It's part of a bigger picture that's happening in Nashville that's urban in-field," said Kenneth Powers a partner with Commercial Realty Services. "This is one of the key corridors where its starting to happen."

 They're giving the abandoned building a face lift, turning it into an urban retail center to include a coffee shop, a restaurant and specialty retail in what's known as a highly visible area.

Old eye sores like the sheds once known as the Tennessee Department Of Transportation's headquarters will also get a  makeover.

This area was an area that needed a lot of love and attention, and I was just glad that I could help," said Cawthon. 

Jack's Bar-B-Que is set to open its doors by July 4th.  The shops at 42nd street will be complete in 2014. 

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