Well-known Nashville bar ‘The Gold Rush’ closes after 44 years

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A well-known Nashville nightspot where city leaders might mix with pro athletes, Vanderbilt students and Music City songwriters suddenly closed Sunday night.

The Gold Rush bar and restaurant off Elliston Place had been a fixture in the area west of the Vandy campus since 1974.

“Nobody wants the old Nashville right now,” said Frank Hall, who had been one of the Gold Rush managers since 2003. “They want the new. They want the progressive. They want the fancy. They want the shiny.”

The restaurant was famous for what it called a Bean Roll, but while keeping its signature dish, the Gold Rush tried a variety of things to attract new customers and keep the dwindling crowd of regulars.

“We’re old Nashville,” added Hall. “You see this happening all over town where old Nashville is going away.”

Hall said the foot traffic of people seen through the bar’s big windows has gone elsewhere like the Gulch or 12th South neighborhoods of Nashville

When asked if the sudden closing was permanent, Hall hinted that something else may in the works.

“You never say never,” said the Gold Rush GM. 

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