AJ Capital Partners plans to reopen Exit/In this spring. Here's what to expect. – Nashville Business Journal


One of Nashville’s iconic music venues plans to reopen this spring, and its new owners want to maintain the atmosphere and preserve the history it’s been known for the past 51 years.
Located at 2208 Elliston Pl., Exit/In and the Hurry Back building were purchased by Adventurous Journeys (AJ) Capital Partners in summer 2021 for $6.45 million, becoming one of several music venues under the company’s portfolio. The “Rock Block” venue has been run by Chris and Telisha Cobb for the past 18 years.
Concerns have swirled about an outside company operating the venue, but AJ Capital put those rumors to rest.  
“We are utilizing an in-house team for booking and are honored to carry on the legacy of this iconic venue, raising the bar for both the fan and artist experience,” said Tim Ryan in an emailed statement. Ryan is the AJ Capital principal focused on live music venues, boutique hotels and other experiential real estate.
The in-house team will continue to grow as the reopening nears. In December, AJ Capital Partners appointed Dan Merker to lead talent buying for the venue.
Upon reopening, AJ Capital hopes to bring a wide array of genres to the stage, with a diverse show calendar.
“We are committed to respectfully restoring the EXIT/IN as a welcoming place for artists that span all genres and everyone within our community,” Ryan said. 
AJ Capital Partners is working to repair damages the firm says were done to the Exit/In and Hurry Back buildings prior to the buildings being turned over to them at the start of the year.
“Photos of the marquee and buildings that began circulation 7 to 9 days after we vacated the premise, do not reflect the state of the premises after removal of our owned, and/or leased items and departure,” former owner Chris Cobb said in a statement addressing the damages on his Facebook page.
As for renovations, AJ Capital plans to restore the exterior to an earlier iteration of Exit/In, with white paint, touches of black, canopies and new sign.
Aside from restoring the damage done to the property, AJ Capital is doing minimal renovations inside, planning maintenance to the bathrooms and the green rooms. Other than necessary fixes, AJ Capital’s efforts will be toward preserving the feel that Exit/In has been known for.
AJ Capital Partners and the Cobbs are currently battling over the “Exit/In” trademark, according to The Tennessean. Cobb’s application for the name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office was approved in 2021. 
“The EXIT/IN has been Nashville’s Music Forum for 51 years, under the stewardship of more than two dozen operators over that time. Ultimately, the venue’s history, legacy and role in this community are nobody’s to own,” Ryan said. “As the next stewards in line, we’re committed to doing whatever is necessary to reestablish her health and set the stage for another legendary half-century and beyond. AJ’s track record of restoring and reviving historic spaces speaks for itself, both here in Nashville and across our portfolio.”
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