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Natasha’s will not reopen, owner says

Jr. Williams of NewTown introduced Lonesome River Band at Natasha’s Bistro & Bar during the Best of Bluegrass Festival in June 2014. Natasha’s closed last month and will not reopen.
Jr. Williams of NewTown introduced Lonesome River Band at Natasha’s Bistro & Bar during the Best of Bluegrass Festival in June 2014. Natasha’s closed last month and will not reopen. rcopley@herald-leader.com

Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, which announced last month that it was closing temporarily to consider ways to keep the music venue and restaurant going, will not reopen.

Owner Gene Williams said that after talking with musicians and others, “we could not create a viable business pathway for us to continue in its present form.”

He said he has been been showing the space to potential leasees, in the hope that someone will be a fit for the unique space.

“This is a time for new ideas and fresh entrepreneurship on Esplanade,” Williams said. “We are still currently under lease and would consider talking with anyone who would like to take over our space as a turnkey restaurant operation of their own design and inspiration.”

He said that a Nashville restaurant group planned to look at the space later Thursday.

“For Lexington and downtown, we were hoping someone would come in and do music. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Someone may want to do it as a restaurant,” Williams said.

Natasha’s started 25 years ago on Southland Drive as the small Russian Café. Gene and Natasha Williams moved it to the then-newly renovated 112 Esplanade in 2001, where it grew into an intimate music and theater venue.

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