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Several GoFundMe pages have been set up to help restaurant employees affected by the blast.

By Mike Pomranz
December 28, 2020
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Last night, authorities named Anthony Quinn Warner as the alleged sole perpetrator of the Christmas day bombing in Nashville. U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Don Cochran stated that the suspect “was present when the bomb went off and then he perished.” But despite identifying the culprit, CNN also reported that investigators are still searching for “any and all possible motives.”

Whatever the motive, it will provide little relief for the many bars and restaurants that sustained significant damage in the explosion that occurred on Second Avenue, a popular historic district of the city. At least 41 businesses were said to be damaged in the blast, according to Mayor John Cooper.

Windows are blown out of a business on Church St after an explosion on December 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Credit: Thaddaeus McAdams / Getty Images

Among those, the Tennessean lists many recognizable major bar and restaurant chains: fondue mainstay the Melting Pot, pasta specialists the Old Spaghetti Factory, the film-famous Coyote Ugly Saloon, wings joint Hooters, Brazilian steakhouse Rodizio Grill, dueling pianos spot the Big Bang Bar, candy chain Rocket Fizz, gruff service restaurant Dick’s Last Resort, and live music venue BB King's Blues Club (which was already permanently closed).

Local and independent bars and restaurants also suffered damage: “Nashville’s premier line dancing venue” Wildhorse Saloon, karaoke bar Lonnie's Western Room, one of Burger Republic’s four locations, sports bar Buffalo's Nashville, the Nutella-themed Bartella, the 50-tap bar Beer Sellar, Doc Holliday's Saloon, and the ice cream shop Mattheessen’s, as well as Downtown Nashville Wine and Spirits and the Corner Market convenience store.

According to Eater Nashville, Demetrius Kelley, managing partner of Melting Pot and Rodizio Grill, posted the below footage from inside the Melting Pot to Facebook showing just how quickly the impact of the explosion was felt.

Additionally, these lists of damaged business are almost certainly incomplete. For instance, photographer Ray di Petro posted a photo to Instagram apparently showing a shattered window at the Italian Kitchen on Fourth Ave, two blocks from the explosion site.

For those looking to help, several GoFundMe pages have been set up to assist restaurant employees affected by the blast, including those working at the Old Spaghetti Factory, the Melting Pot, Rodizio Grill, and Bartella.