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Demonbreun St. Construction Comes at Cost of Parking -- Kai Beech

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Feel free to belly up to the bar at Two Bits in Nashville; there's a lot more open seats during lunch these days.

“Yeah it is tough,” said Sammy Shaw, Two Bits general manager.

Workers at this Demonbreun St. bar and grill say the construction of nearby apartment buildings have taken away parking spaces--and ultimately taken away a lot of their business.

“With the construction and traffic its really slowed business especially during the day,” Shaw said. “So if it comes down to a 30-minute lunch break and you might have pay for parking you might go where can you get it for free.”

Owners say this lack of parking isn’t just bad for their businesses it’s also bad for their customers.

“You have to assume there is no parking here,” said customer Kaitlin Sliwski. “I’ve contemplated parking downtown in a garage and taking a cab because that would be easier than trying to find something around here.”

To help with the parking problems, local landlords have made some parking lots free during weekdays. But what Shaw says is really needed: a parking garage.

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