The popular East Nashville bar Rosemary and Beauty Queen has temporarily shut down after a fire engulfed the back of the building on January 27. The cause of the fire remains unknown, and a reopening timeline has not yet been determined. Repairs needed for the reopening of Rosemary’s will be extensive, but the priority of its owner, Andrew Mischke, is to raise funds through a GoFundMe page to directly support the 40 staff members and their families during this temporary closure while they are out of work.
So far, the fundraiser has accumulated over $40,000 of the $60,000 goal it had set. The fire started while the bar was closed and no one was injured.
“We are going to reopen as soon as possible, but we don’t know how long it will take. While we figure that out, our first priority is to take care of our staff. If you are able to give anything at all, 100% of that will go directly to our staff so that they can all be back here to take care of you as soon as we are able to open our doors again,” Mischke wrote in the description of the GoFundMe.
Situated inside of a historic East Nashville home, Rosemary and Beauty Queen opened in 2017 and has become a mainstay of the neighborhood, attracting creatives and a young crowd on the weekends for its inventive handcrafted cocktails, cannabis-infused drinks, and a small food menu with Mexican classics such as tacos, quesadillas, guacamole, queso, salsas, and rice and beans.