Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Nashville's Oldest Gay Bar Closed in July 2007

From Out & About - Nashville Posted 07/20/2007

Nashville’s oldest gay bar, The Chute, will be closing its doors at the end of this month after more than 23 years in business. The closing was confirmed to Inside Out Nashville publisher Linda Welch by owner Don Hartsfield.

The Chute, located at 2535 Franklin Road, has operated six different themed clubs under one roof and served as home bar for several local community groups including the Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association, the Music City Bears and The Conductors.

"It’s sad to see a business that had been such a staple in the community close its doors after so many years,” said John Wade, president of the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce. “I understand that the club business is difficult to operate. The community has certainly enjoyed a lot of nightlife there for years, and we wish the owners and employees the best.”