Centric Architecture

Yee-Haw Brewing / Old Smokey Distillery

Nashville, TN

Located in the rapidly-changing downtown Nashville neighborhood known as SoBro (South of Broadway), a portion of an existing campus that was once home to an area auto dealership in the 1960s was rehabbed and repurposed. The project created an entertainment district within the current urban fabric, attracting both locals and tourists alike. The project involved a partnership between Yee-Haw Brewing Company and Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine Company and consisted of two adjacent project sites that were separated by a decommissioned public alley.

At 423 6th Ave South, you can now find an auto repair shop that has been adapted into a bar, restaurant, and live music venue. Just around the corner at 612 Peabody Street is a beer garden transformed from an existing asphalt parking lot. Further improvements include the adaptive reuse of the existing building to house distillery and brewery operations, a bottle shop retail presence and a tasting room. The enhancements also showcase a new pedestrian greenway that created a direct connection to the convention center.

From widening the existing roadway to addressing utility relocations along the Peabody frontage, Benesch worked closely with the team to navigate the various challenges with renovating a site within the urban core and downtown area. Benesch is currently continuing services on the second phase of the project

Project highlights

  • Conversion of existing public alley to pedestrian corridor and greenway
  • Public roadway widening and public right of way dedication on constrained street
  • Design of Up-Flo filter stormwater quality unit
  • Utility infrastructure improvements