Nashville restaurants recovering after flood

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The area was hard hit following storms last weekend that dumped 16 inches of rain over 34 hours, causing the Cumberland River to overflow. According to published reports, at least 28 people were killed and countless homes and businesses suffered structural damage.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

"We had a one-in-one-thousand-year event,” said Mike Kelley, owner-operator of Jimmy Kelley’s Steakhouse in Nashville. "Nothing like this has ever happened before, especially since the [Tennessee Valley Authority] dams were built. Thankfully, most of the damage was limited to part of the city. There was flooding downtown, near the [Cumberland] River, but everything is expected to reopen [Friday night]. People have really been pulling together to help each other.”The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

Kelley said he was luckier than most because his restaurant experienced little damage and was able to stay open.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

“Several restaurants were closed for a couple days,” he said. "The worst power outages happened on Monday, but all the electricity came back on yesterday afternoon. We didn’t close at all, but it definitely was inconvenient; some roads were closed.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

 The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

"The main thing is music is playing again in Nashville," he added.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

Still, a number of tourist attractions have been affected, including such mainstays as the Grand Old Opry and the Gaylord Opryland Resort next door. According to the Associated Press, the resort was hit by 10 feet of water and would not be taking reservations until October so repairs can be made. The AP also reported that the Grand Old Opry House stage was sitting under two feet of water following the flooding.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

Tom Negri, managing director of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, said the city has experienced billions of dollars in damages and that the recovery would be long term. He noted that the tab for initial relief efforts by the Red Cross already has totaled more than $5 million.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

“We’ve been affected across the board -- businesses, communities, apartment [complexes] and homes,” he said. “We’ve had billions of dollars in damage, but we didn’t blink an eye. We have seen Southern hospitality at its finest in what has been a dire situation. We don’t yet know how many restaurants have had to close because of flooding or [lack of] electricity. We’re still counting."The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

Kelley said the city has received donations from around the state and country. And, he added, residents have gone out of their way to help each other during this time of need.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

“The outpouring of help has been incredible,” he said. The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

He described how a friend, whose house just outside of Nashville was flooded, received help from a retired electrician who was driving by. The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

"He helped pull furniture out of the house, got the electricity running and wouldn’t take a penny for it," he said. "There are stories like that from all over. People have been lending pressure washers and other equipment and helping clean up. Everyone has been pulling together.”The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

Cracker Barrel, the 593-unit family-dining chain based in Lebanon, Tenn., is organizing several fundraising initiatives to help employees, residents and disaster relief organizations that are dealing with the fallout from the floods.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

Spokeswoman Julie Davis said Cracker Barrel has issued a series of “gold cards” that offer employees and regular guests at affected stores complimentary meals. The company also is making a cash donation to Hands On Nashville, one of the organizations involved in the disaster relief efforts, and has started up Cracker Barrel Cares Inc., a nonprofit corporation supported by company employees to assist other Cracker Barrel team members in need.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

“We’ve sent e-mails and posters to all stores letting employees know they can contribute over the next two-week period, tax deductible, to a central fund that will be used solely to provide flood relief to affected employees,” she said.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

Davis said the company was “very glad that no Cracker Barrel employees were injured and no stores sustained serious damage.”The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

Negri of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel said several restaurateurs from around the city and state will join forces this week to raise money for the relief efforts. They will donate between 5 percent and 10 percent of one day’s sales, he said. The proceeds will be presented during a Tennessee Hospitality Association gala on May 20.The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

"It is really amazing to see the excitement from those who are able to serve,” he said. “This really is a fabulous community.”The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

 The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

Contact Elissa Elan at [email protected] [3].The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.

The city of Nashville is returning to normal following what some described as the worst flooding in decades, and the majority of restaurants and hotels are again open for business, industry members said Friday.