News Channel 5 Network | By Matthew Torres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Owners of several Midtown restaurants and bars said it’s unfair to be punished for a city ordinance that affects live music and their business. Soulshine Pizza Factory on Division Street was recently in court following numerous noise complaints from nearby residents. “Music is the oxygen that we breath here. I wouldn’t live right next to the train tracks if I didn’t like trains,” Justin Styll, owner of Tall Boy Marketing and Soulshine’s marketing director, said. The restaurant has been known for its patio and live performances, but will now have to enclose the area under a court order. Enclosing the patio with garage doors will cost approximately $100,000, Chris Sartin, owner of Soulshine, told NewsChannel 5.

“Music is the oxygen that we breath here. I wouldn’t live right next to the train tracks if I didn’t like trains”

The court order prohibited live music being played in the patio until it’s properly enclosed. “This is where everybody comes,” Styll added. “We’ve had to move all music inside and we can’t play amplified music.” The city ordinance stated that it’s unlawful to operate or allow the operation of any sound amplification equipment as to create sounds that are plainly audible from the boundary lines of the nearest residentially occupied property.

The recent developments impacted The WannaBeatles, a Beatles cover band, who planned to hold a concert at the patio of Soulshine to commemorate the band’s iconic rooftop performance. They could have played with a special permit, but to avoid potential legal drama, the restaurant decided to have the concert inside which has a smaller space. Read Full Article

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