Opry Mills Eyed for Tennessee's First Enclosed Retail Center Distillery
From: Nashville Post
In a move that could yield a first for Nashville and the state, Metro Councilman Jeff Syracuse is seeking to amend Metro’s code to permit an artisan distiller to operate at Opry Mills mall.
Specifically, Syracuse’s move involves an update to the code that regulates the city’s various commercial attraction (CA) districts.
“We’re doing due diligence to see if it’s viable,” said Syracuse, in whose District 15 the mall sits. “It would be a great amenity for Opry Mills.”
At press time, the company had not consented to being identified, and its name is on no Metro or state documents. Syracuse, who declined to ID the company, said much work remains to be done on the effort. The Metro Planning Department has yet to finalize rezoning request documents.
“We are beginning the process of making sure from a zoning and building code perspective that all factors — such as ventilation and fire suppression systems — are considered,” he said. Syracuse said officials with the Metro Planning and Codes departments are expected to meet later this week to discuss the issue.
Rob Pinson, a Bone McAllester Norton attorney with a focus on alcoholic beverage law, is representing the prospective distillery. He declined to disclose the identification of the company but noted it is not located in Tennessee.
“The company would like to offer flavored vodkas and moonshine,” Pinson said. “They will rely heavily on foot traffic at the mall.”
If it materializes, the distillery would be the first to operate within an enclosed mall in the state. In contrast, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine distills at outdoor shopping center The Island in Pigeon Forge.
Davidson County is home to Corsair Artisan Distillery located in Wedgewood-Houston and Marathon Village, Nelson’s Greenbrier, Nashville Craft Distillery, SPEAKeasy Spirits Distillery and Prichard’s Distillery at Fontanel in Joelton. Metro has approximately 57 CA districts, all located within the general Opry Mills and Music Valley area in east Davidson County.
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group owns Opry Mills mall.
This article copied entirely from the Nashville Post.
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