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Music Row says goodbye to Bobby's Idle Hour Tavern

Posted: 10:47 PM, Jan 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-12 21:07:02Z
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Bobby's Idle Hour will close Saturday. Developers plan to use the spot for future office space.

"I'm terrifically sad, they say it's bittersweet but I can't find anything sweet in this one," said owner Thom Case.

If these walls could talk, well they would probably sing about the thousands of memories to go along with the thousands of dollar bills on the walls of Bobby's Idle Hour.

"I think they should take every dollar off the wall to put a down payment on a new spot somewhere close to here," said singer Megan Palmer.

Saturday marks the last day of the Music Row staple.

"I got a little bit of mixed emotions out if it, I'm glad to know that they're actively looking for another location," said music manager Brett Marker.

Many musicians said it was the place they found their voice, their passion and their family.

"When I first moved here about five years ago this is where I came to cut my teeth to learn about writers in town and tryout new songs," said Palmer.

It was also a place for them to find their purpose.

"It's kind of a safe space for musicians to come and do whatever we do," said Bob Lewis.

"I think it's sad that so much history is being demolished," said Carolyn Lethgo, future owner.

The current owner Thom Case known to many here as "Lizard" tells us the Idle Hour has been around for 70 years. Its first location just down the street.

A lot of years and a lot of songs.

"So many people will be displaced by this, I don't know where we're all going to wind up in the meantime until the new bar opens up. I have high hopes for the new one," said Case.

So far now, folks will keep on singing,
keep on dancing and raising a drink waiting on the tavern's next big plans.

"Small businesses like this just don't have a spot here and that's the stuff that made music row, music row and it's going away quickly" said Lethgo.

The new owners are looking at a timeline of close to six months to find a new spot for Bobby's Idle Hour Tavern.