by Nicki Wood
Anyone who has ever wanted to open a pub probably has a million questions for someone who's done it, from the equipment to the location to staffing and all the details that go into it.
It's a Pub is a blog chronicling the efforts of software engineer (and onetime reporter) Glenn Henderson and his buddy Ed as they embark on their adventure in opening a pub in Nashville. They're calling it Fleet Street Pub, and promising "Great food -— from lunch through late-night —- along with the finest pub games and fun."
They began their quest by touring Mulligan's Pub on Second Avenue, in which I had plenty of fun pints over the years, and which was named Best Place to Throw Darts just last fall in this very publication, but alas, closed in December due to circumstances beyond the owners' control.
Between the landlord and conditions at the site, it just wouldn't work. But they've found a fantastic spot they like just as much — the old Parco Cafe in Printers Alley. And now they have set a tentative menu of basic English-inspired pub eats. Henderson's first employee is a chef, as he wanted to serve real, homemade food.
Demolition is mostly complete, the rebuild will begin soon, and they're deciding on a beer selection right now. Cooler space limits him to six or eight taps, so if there's a huge public outcry for a particular flavor, speak now.
Go here to read four short blog posts that describe the process. And you know, contribute your thoughts — it's not just his project. He wants feedback and customers.