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“[and most importantly] a place for friends to hang out. It’s not a depressing rock club. It’s got a lot of character.” Elise adds, “It has a strange combination of feeling relaxed, like hanging out at friend’s house, but it’s nicer than your average bar. It’s by the people for the people.” However, they don’t want to see themselves just as a music venue. “One of the reasons we put a lot of emphasis on being a full-service restaurant is that we don’t necessarily have to be a live venue every night of the week. We want to be selective in what we do because we don’t want to get bored with it,” William explains. Something they both take pride is the hospitality they show traveling bands. They make sure that their musicians have a free hot meal, and even a place to stay in some cases. It doesn’t hurt that they own a house across the street that doubles as their office and band lodge. William speaks from experience when he tells me that very few venues treat bands with the respect or generosity they deserve. But the two are both hell-bent to ensure that never happens at The Stone Fox. “We have so many bands that all want the same thing,” William tells me. “If you travel a lot as a musician, you appreciate the value of somebody who gives a shit.” William recognizes that The Stone Fox is planted in an ever-changing part

STONE FOX INFO: The Stone Fox is located at 712 51st Avenue North. For information on the menu, hours, and upcoming shows, visit The Stone Fox’s website at thestonefoxnashville.com and follow @thestonefoxnash.

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of town. “Nashville is a growing city in a growing region, and there’s room here for people to be inventive and ridiculous in terms of opening small businesses.” And he’s right. They couldn’t have picked a better time or location for their venue. The vibe is very old school, but at the same time, populated by young people. Elise pauses, hearing the front door open to reveal her boyfriend, Michael Carter, a local filmmaker. She smiles excitedly and gives him a warm hello before returning her focus to the conversation. Meanwhile, William wonders if he can really have it all—juggling a career as a fulltime business owner and a touring musician. William admits, “I’m trying to have it both ways by running a business and then saying ‘Okay, I’m leaving for six months.’ That doesn’t seem fair, but we did build it into our business plan.” The siblings have a unique vision for The Stone Fox in the years to come. In fact, it’s already well underway—over the holidays, they doubled the size of their bar. “William and I are both very handson here,” Elise confirms. Each night of the week at least one of them is on-site visiting customers or rolling up their sleeves to serve drinks. But with William touring later this year, they both know they'll need other people they can depend on. The Stone

"INSTEAD OF MOVING TO CHICAGO OR NEW YORK OR BERLIN. WHY NOT BRING THE CULTURE HERE?"

Fox is all in the family— everyone holds the same weight. They pick up each other’s slack and can depend on one another to take the lead if need be. I ask what they think The Stone Fox will look like in five years. William answers, “There’s only so much you can do to a building. You come to a confrontation of spatial limitations. But there’s no reason to think that in five or ten years, it won’t be as vibrant.” Elise agrees. “We had this initial energy that pushed something into existence. Now is the time to continue the momentum while we have it.” She elaborates, “One thing that William and I have always agreed on is that if we are going to stay in Nashville—which neither of us have ever left for good—we want to make Nashville a more cultured and enjoyable place to live. Instead of moving to Chicago or New York or Berlin. Why not bring the culture here?”

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Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...

Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...