by Chris Conte
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Bar goers to the popular Demonbreun Street section of Nashville now have 150 fewer places to park after construction of a new condo complex closed off a parking lot.
The lot had been frequented by many folks looking to grab a drink at local bars.
"It's sad, we want our business to flourish and we want as many people in here as we can get in here but it just makes it hard for the business and the community," said Jason Noe who manages Dan McGuinness Pub.
At the end of March, developers for the new 1505 Demonbreun Apartments fenced of a dirt lot at the corners of Demonbreun and Division street. On some weekends, Noe guessed as many as 150 patrons were parking in the lot for free.
"Business is still good but we can tell it's hit us, by comments and some faces we don't see as much as we used to. It's tough to see it get harder for people to get to your establishment, it's just another obstacle," he added.
Parking in the area is now limited to a few meter spots and pay by the hour lots.