If you read our story back in October about Durego in Cool Springs, you’re familiar with the new event and party space located in the old Copeland’s restaurant at 1649 Westgate Circle, Brentwood TN 37027.
We stopped in today to check progress and ran into Lee Austin, the Vice President of Business Development. Lee was gracious enough to give CoolSprings.com a short tour of the space and provide some details about the eagerly anticipated opening.
Durego in Cool Springs is offering an promotional price for the first few bookings where the special fee to rent the space is only $2,500 a day. There is also a discount offered if full payment is made in advance. The first few weddings to book will have a portable stage thrown in at no extra charge (stage is normally an extra $700 to rent).
The kitchen is rather small, really more of a prep area for caterers. An approved list of local caterers is being finalized for guests to choose from. Outside caterers will not be allowed unless on the approved list, nor is food allowed to be provided by guests.
Lee mentioned the Cool Springs Chamber holding a breakfast meeting at Durego sometime soon. Several wedding receptions have been booked along with a graduation party and a few other social events.
Another building located a few doors down will be the showroom with cars and luxury accessories. Lee said the luxury cars sales business is basically a high end auto broker. She said they might have a few high end cars on display like Mercedes or BMW.
We were under the impression the building would be filled with Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin, Maserati and Lamborghini. Disappointing.
UPDATE Feb 2, 2010: Sara McKissick from Durego Cool Springs contacted me for a correction regarding the specific brands of vehicles to be displayed. Sara said, “The Durego auto showroom will most definitely have Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin and similar high end vehicles on display. There will most likely not be any BMW or Mercedes. The auto dealer portion will also be more geared towards a luxury concierge, not so much a traditional auto broker.”
We agreed it would not have been very impressive to display BMW or Mercedes vehicles, brands often referred to as the Ford and Chevy of Cool Springs.
Here is a description of the Durego executive team:
“An elite team of Nashville executives has come together and formed a company that brings luxury brands to a city that has been under served for far too long. This team is bringing to Tennessee the brand names of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin and Maserati to the exotic motors division and Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Hublot and much more to the luxury accessories division.
The company founder, Durego Jevon Lewis, MBA, received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University majoring in Human and Organizational Development. Durego also earned his MBA at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Durego has partnered with an exceptionally accomplished team of tenured business professionals. The board members include multiple leaders in the Nashville community and automotive industry, including Darrell Lewis (Owner of Import/Domestic Auto), Tami Fassinger, MBA(Vanderbilt Owen School Executive Programs Associate Dean), Jim Jirjis MD, MBA (Vanderbilt MBA, Assistant Chief Medical Officer Primary Care and Chief Informatics Officer Vanderbilt University Medical Center), Edward DeMesa (Vanderbilt undergraduate alum, Vanderbilt graduate school alum and sales professional), Tim Pereira, MBA (Vanderbilt MBA, local small business owner) and many more experienced executives and key players like Randy Harmon (owner of Harmony Air), Dale Leo, MBA (Vanderbilt MBA and Business Consultant), Charles H. Fant (Vanderbilt alum and sales professional), Richard Lyons (Owner of Roberts & Lyons Chevrolet Buick Pontiac GMC dealership in Lewisburg, TN) and other valuable team members.”