By Jennifer Farnsworth
A new bar/restaurant will open in June on Phila Street in Saratoga Springs in the space that operated for a long time as Peabody’s.
Nashville of Saratoga, 39-41 Phila St. will be a country-style bar with live music.
Owners Michael and Carolyn Crowley said they were inspired to start the business after a trip to Nashville. The couple is looking to bring Nashville cuisine to the area, coupled with live entertainment the Tennessee city is also known for.
Michael Crowley said they will feature local country artists on weekends.
“When it comes to live music, Nashville is known for giving musicians the opportunity to perform. We really wanted to bring that opportunity here just like they do in Nashville,” he said. They have received many inquiries from bands and have been reaching out to coordinate the bookings.
“The idea is mainly live music on the weekends, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for more days to be added … We want to give everyone an opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Crowley.
The other exciting part, Crowley said, is the food. Favorites like Nashville hot chicken sandwiches will be on the menu, as well as Southern-inspired drinks like moonshine, sweet tea and lemonade.
“The food is going to feature a twist of Nashville classics with a little Saratoga touch. The idea is to give you that comfort food feel. Our drinks are also aiming to give you the Nashville vibe with many different offerings of what you can get in Nashville,” said Crowley.
Crowley said he and his wife felt the time was right to open up a restaurant.
“My wife Carolyn and I are the only two involved in the business. Together we have a background in sales, finance, marketing , manufacturing and I personally have been an entrepreneur for many years, some including restaurant and bar ownership,” said Crowley.
“The location was a no-brainer for us. Between the community and the tourists Saratoga attracts, its an easy win for us … We love it and everything it has to offer. Mostly, the focus on renovations was cosmetic, to make customers feel like they were getting a piece of Nashville in Saratoga County. We really aimed to bring that into the renovations and decor of the building,” said Crowley.
The occupancy inside is 92,without COVID restrictions. There is an outdoor patio space for 118 people.