IT ALL BEGAN WITH
A BOY ON A BICYCLE.
Lynn Chandler spent his youth pedaling from the family farm to work at Nashville pharmacies. He learned the business from the bottom up and was drawn to the soda fountain most of all. In 1939, a 23-year-old Chandler bought the soda fountain business of Elliston Pharmacy–and the rest is history.
In the 81 years since, we’ve made a name for ourselves by treating people like family, and treating them to the best stick-to-your-ribs comfort food around.
After decades of success, the future of Elliston Place Soda Shop became uncertain in 2019. To keep the Nashville original alive, Tony and Lisa Giarratana purchased Elliston Place Soda Shop and set out to preserve its essential qualities for future generations.
That’s what they’ve done, and that’s what we welcome you to be part of. The Elliston Place Soda Shop is waiting. Come on by.
I guess I’m the king of the meat-and-three. I was the first to increase the vegetables from two selections to three.Lynn Chandler
Founder, Elliston Place Soda Shop
81 Years of Counter Culture
Elliston Place is established as a Nashville street.
Cumberland Telephone Exchange building opens.
Dr. Dan S. Sanders opens Elliston Pharmacy.
Lynn Chandler founds Elliston Place Soda Shop.
Dolly Parton is born on January 19th, which we believe should be a National holiday.
Nashville begins to desegregate its lunch counters.
“Rock Block” music venue, Exit/In opens. Jimmy Buffet is the first performer and becomes lifelong friend of Elliston Place Soda Shop.
George Jones features Elliston Place on his album cover; others later follow suit.
Linda Melton, “The Pie Lady,” starts work at the Soda Shop.
Tony and Lisa Giarratana buy and begin plans to restore the Soda Shop to its original glory.
The Cumberland Telephone Exchange building right next door, built in 1907, becomes the Soda Shop’s new home.
LONG LINE OF LOVE
There’s no remaking an original. But the right people behind the right vision can breathe new life into an old and treasured classic. That’s what’s underway on Elliston Place at the iconic Elliston Place Soda Shop.
Pictured Left: Mary and Jack Mills met at Elliston Place Soda Shop and married in 1956. Decades later, the couple’s granddaughter photographed them sharing a meal in the spot where they fell in love.
As a boy in the 1960s, lifelong Nashvillian Howard Gentry bore witness to the Soda Shop’s desegregation with the simple but profound purchase of an ice cream cone.