This article has been updated with additional information.
Demos’ Restaurant, a longtime downtown Nashville staple, has permanently closed its doors at its 300 Commerce St. location due to issues exacerbated by COVID-19.
The building now sits empty with for-sale signs posted in its windows. The family-owned restaurant, known for its steak, spaghetti and seafood, opened in Middle Tennessee in 1989.
The restaurant confirmed on its Facebook page Sept. 3 that the Commerce Street location is closed for good, but added that the restaurant is searching for a new location in the Nashville area.
Peter Demos, president of Demos’ Restaurant, told NewsChannel 5 that COVID-19’s impact contributed to the closure, noting that Demos’ Restaurant has been impacted as many other businesses have been during pandemic-related shutdowns and dropping traffic. Peter Demos could not be immediately reached for comment.
Kristin Demos, vice president of brand and marketing for Demos Brands, wrote in an email that Demos’ Restaurant was nearing the end of its lease at the downtown location, and the pandemic complicated negotiations between the restaurant and its landlords. Unable to reach a deal, Demos Brands decided to close the restaurant and move to another location, but Kristin Demos stated that the restaurant has no desire to paint its former landlords in a bad light.
“We have absolutely loved being a part of the Nashville restaurant scene for over 28 years and that is why we are looking for a new location for our family concept,” she wrote. “It has brought us so much joy reading comments from Demos fans from literally around the world who have shared their memories of dining at the Nashville location, and we certainly look forward to continuing that tradition for them in a new location.”
Three other Demos’ Restaurant branches, operating in Hendersonville, Lebanon and Murfreesboro, remain open, according to Eater.com, which first reported the closure.
The owners previously stated in a Yelp message in early April that the Nashville location was closed due to COVID-19, though takeout, curbside and delivery services were still available at its other locations.
The Commerce Street location has not yet been removed from Demos’ Restaurant’s website and social media accounts.
Demos Brands, which employs 507 local employees, ranked as one of The Tennessean’s 2020 Top Workplaces in June.
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