Nashville Business Journal – AJ’s Good Time Bar, November 2016
By Jacob Steimer Staff reporter, Nashville Business Journal
Kathy Anderson‘s latest project, Alan Jackson‘s Good Time Bar, opened last week after a quick renovation of The Wheel’s former home. A more complete overhaul, complete with a rooftop bar, will open soon, as Anderson continues making her outsized mark on Lower Broadway.
Currently, Anderson Design Studio is working on four Lower Broadway honky-tonks: Ryman Hospitality’s 300 Broadway project, Almost Famous ( which we broke the news on in November), Nashville Underground and AJ’s Good Time Bar.In designing Nashville’s next tourist hotspots, Anderson is shaping the face of Nashville tourism.
Recently, I sat down with the prominent interior designer to talk about her current projects, working with Alan Jackson and the pros and cons of designing honky-tonks.
NBJ: I know you’re working on Ryman Hospitality’s project at 300 Broadway. What can you tell me about it?
Anderson: That’s going to be a really fun project. Floors one and two will be honky-tonk-type floors, and the third floor will be an event space … with 20-foot ceilings.
They’re just normal people, really. … But it is hard for them to realize that you really have to wait on some things. … [Jackson] always has to have a project going, and he has this great eye. … He really is a smart client.
Why do like working on honky-tonks? And what are the challenges that go with it?
What’s been really fun is being downtown … with so much energy and music. … [The main challenges are] codes … and the historic commission. And in those small spaces … the space planning part is challenging. But space planning is my favorite puzzle to work.
Which of your past projects are you most proud of?
I worked on the Grand Ole Opry House after the flood. I grew up with Dad listening in on the radio. … It felt like a real responsibility. … Also, the home of Steve Winwood. It’s stood the test of time. Doing spaces where the public can use too is nice, [like the] University School library … and then Sinema restaurant.