NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Another popular downtown restaurant is closing its doors. Demos' has been part of the scene for nearly 30 years, and anyone who's lived in Nashville for any length of time has probably had a chance to grab a meal at Demos'.
"We've definitely been to Demos' many times, I will say the last time I went was during quarantine. They opened very briefly in the very beginning stages and a group of is who volunteer for the downtown district when your for drinks because we wanted to help encourage all of our local businesses," said Ashley Bergeron Segroves, "We had a really good toast, the bartender was very lovely and sanitizing everything and we said our goodbyes not knowing it was going to be our last cocktail and our last experience at Demos'."
Bergeron Segroves who owns the Studio 208 Art Gallery on 3rd Avenue is also part of an organization called Nashville District. They advocate and support small businesses in the area.
"On behalf of the district, we’re really sad to see a really great restaurant that’s been here almost 30 years close."
The president of Demos' told NewsChannel 5 COVID-19 has impacted business in many of the same ways that it has impacted the community at large. And they currently can't afford to stay at the downtown location.
Business owners say at least a dozen downtown businesses have permanently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Although we’re sad to see Demos' close, we do know the saying, when one door closes another one opens, " said Segroves.
While Demos' closes, a new restaurant not too far is getting ready to open.
"It’s also an opportunity, I think it’s going to be really great and I’m excited to be part of the rebirth of Nashville."
John Pete, owner of Jane’s Hideaway says it’s a risk but one he’s willing to take.
"It’ll be a good place to stop by for your going out, and you can still go out and dance after you had something to eat," said Pete.
Downtown business owners say what they need right now is for everyone to help them survive these tough times.
"What downtown needs more than anything is for you to come visit, we need visitors, we need people spending money, we need people celebrating and enjoying the restaurants and bars and shops that are open," said Segroves.
Demos’ has locations in Hendersonville, Lebanon and Murfreesboro.