When an iconic piece of Nashville history risked becoming a memento of what once was, developer Tony Giarratana stepped in to save a slice of Americana and preserve Miss Linda’s famous pies.
After 18 months of renovations, the 82-year-old soft drink store has reopened in a new location. Located in a building right next to the old soda store, their new location once housed the Cumberland telephone exchange and was built in 1907, predating Elliston’s former home.
Opening to the public Tuesday, that’s exactly what Nashville needs right now. A place to bring back memories, bring back generations, enjoy comfort food and share a milkshake and hamburger. At seven o’clock on Tuesday, a line was formed to preview the new digs.
The new and improved Elliston Place Soda Shop offers nostalgia and familiarity. Inside you’ll find the same layout, bar stools at the counter on the left, booths along the wall on the right, and tables in the middle, except now the space is more than two and a half times the old one. .
Dressed in ruby ââred and white with pale blue and lots of stainless steel, the menu essentially stays the same. Meat and three specials will now be offered over two days instead of one, fan favorites of fried chicken and a secret cookie recipe with red-eye sauce makes the cut for the menu with new options for beer, wine and cocktails.
Jim Myers, who calls himself the colonel of culture at Elliston Place Soda Shop, said of the reopening: âRestaurants are a big part of our culture, and I think a lot of people have learned to cook during. the pandemic … but you can’t replace the dining experience. If you’ve been here once or twice, there’s a good chance someone like Linda (Melton) will know you and tell you to hurry up and order.
Myers continued, âRestaurants are where we have our first dates, soothe broken hearts, celebrate the children’s newsletter, they are very special places in the fabric of our culture. People really missed that, that feeling of longing and coming back, coupled with the fact that we’ve saved an iconic place and made it as good or better as it is, makes it a double whammy of goodness.
If you go, breakfast is served all day now, and live music will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Free parking is available in a small lot to the left of the restaurant.
Elliston Place Soda Shop is located at 2105 Elliston Place, Nashville. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.