In a surprising turn of events, one of Nashville’s seminal craft cocktail bars will be serving its last drink this weekend, as Holland House Bar & Refuge will close its doors after over seven years in business following this Saturday’s service.
In an announcement posted to the restaurant and bar’s Facebook page this afternoon, Holland House owner Terry Raley states that “[t]he decision comes after over a year of fruitless lease renewal negotiations beginning in early 2016, whereby Holland House was placed on month-to-month terms, without a Lease. We held out hope that a more rigid deal could be reached, but in the end, the Landlord has been unwilling to offer more. In an expanding market, a month-to-month lease compromises necessary business change, investment, staff loyalty, and goodwill. In short, it imposes a competitive disadvantage upon a business, and the effect of such has made it impossible for Holland House to continue. Alas, Holland House will have its very last service, this Saturday July 22.” Read the announcement below in full.
Holland House opened in March of 2010 at 935 W. Eastland Ave., offering a speakeasy-style look and creative cocktails, the east side’s answer to The Patterson House, which opened its doors in Midtown in April of 2009. Together, the two establishments were responsible for ushering in the era of craft cocktails in Music City.
But Raley, a local restaurateur whose restaurant holdings still include The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden and Butchertown Hall, the latter through his Amaranth Hospitality Group, has other projects on the horizon. Plans for restaurant concept Liberty Green were announced earlier this year for The Factory at Franklin, but recent developments have put that project in limbo. And according to the Nashville Business Journal, a new restaurant called Liberty Common is headed to a currently under construction office tower at 222 1st Ave. S.