Barn Raising

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Loveless Cafe is building a barn in its backyard, adding 6,000 square feet of flexible event space for weddings, concerts and other large events. The structure will open onto covered patios and lawns and will be available year-round. As part of the building project, the Loveless will add parking spaces and a new entrance from McCrory Lane.

“One of the challenges we have is putting events into the cafe without damaging the experience of people who are dining in the restaurant,” said Jesse Goldstein, president of TomKats, Inc., which owns the Loveless Cafe. The 20-year-old TomKats, which provides on-set food service for film shoots (most recently the hotly anticipated Hannah Montana movie), purchased the beloved and disheveled Loveless Cafe in 2003 from the McCabe family. TomKats founder Tom Morales led a renovation and expansion of the restaurant and built an annex of shops in the former motel structure.

The new event barn will include a full kitchen and will serve as the central catering facility for the Loveless. Wendy Felts, who formerly worked in catering at Vanderbilt University, has joined Loveless as catering manager. While many events will feature the traditional Loveless repertoire of family-style fried chicken, the expanded facilities will accommodate more contemporary menus. “It's fried chicken to foie gras,” Goldstein said.

Located at 8400 Highway 100, The Loveless Barn is expected to open as early as December 2008. For more information, contact Jesse Goldstein at Jesse(at)lovelesscafe.com.

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