Jack opens new location on Charlotte Ave

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Jack’s Bar-B-Que has built a new home for its third flying pig.

A staple in Nashville, the barbecue restaurant — with its logo featuring three pink, neon flying pigs — will open its third location in an old building on Charlotte Avenue.

“I thought that building just screamed barbecue,” said owner Jack Cawthon. “It just had that look of an old-fashioned barbecue place.” After eyeing the property for years, Cawthon got his opportunity “to give all three pigs a house,” he said. With his interest in Nashville and in history, Cawthon also researched the area of his new location.

Cawthon said the property was the first Tennessee state prison, which closed in 1899, and was even home to the popular New Era Club in the 1960s, where such stars as James Brown, Etta James and Jimi Hendrix performed. “I’m bringing to the forefront the history that took place on Charlotte going back to the1800s,” Cawthon said. “We’re applying for a historic marker.” Because of all the history involved with the property, Cawthon aims to add to the community’s future with Jack’s. “I’ve taken something really nobody would pay attention to and bringing it back alive,” he said.

Fans of the 37-year-old Broadway location or the 25-year-old Trinity Lane location can find the same atmosphere and the same staple menu. Diners can enjoy smoked meats, ribs, brisket and more, plus traditional Southern fixings of baked beans, potato salad, mac ’n’ cheese, green beans and more.

The restaurant at 1601 Charlotte Ave. is set to open in July. The other Jack’s Bar-B-Que locations are 416 Broadway and 334 West Trinity Lane.