Elliston Place Soda Shop celebrates 75 Years in Same Nashville Location


Elliston Place Soda Shop, under new ownership since the end of 2013, is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year.

As the oldest continuously operating restaurant in its original location, Elliston Place Soda Shop has been part of the lives of Nashvillians and visitors since 1939 – more than seven decades.

Elliston Place is locally owned by a hospitality group represented by Skip Bibb. Previous owners are the late Charles Galbreath and the original owner, the late Lynn Chandler.

“No, the restaurant didn’t close a couple of years ago,” says Bibb. “There was a threat of closing, but the restaurant never did. Nashvillians all know about the Soda Shop and we want to remind them that we are still here and now thriving.”

With the new ownership comes new expanded hours. The Soda Shop is now open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to reach the expanding neighborhood customer base.

“We’re excited about the new development along Elliston Place,” he added.

Bibb brings a solid background in the restaurant business, having held ownership in several successful Knoxville restaurants.

“We don’t feel like we are running a museum but we do feel a strong sense of stewardship to the character of Elliston Place Soda Shop,” says Bibb. “We believe we can have a menu that both feeds your sense of nostalgia while still being relevant to current tastes.”

Located near St. Thomas Baptist Hospital, Elliston Place Soda Shop’s counter is a traditional place for new fathers to treat older siblings of new born babies to a fountain treat after visiting mom and new baby brother or sister in the maternity ward. Vandy students frequent the landmark diner. Prominent community leaders and even celebrities can often be seen sipping a milk shake in the booths at the Soda Shop.

“One of the things I love about this place is that there is hardly anyone that either currently lives in Nashville or is from Nashville that does not have a story related to this place,” says Bibb.