Nashville’s iconic Elliston Place Soda Shop reopens after relocation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Nashville diner in business since the 1930s will reopen Tuesday after an 18-month makeover.

The Elliston Place Soda Shop has been a family favorite for Nashvillians for generations.


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(Courtesy: Elliston Place Soda Shop)
(Courtesy: Elliston Place Soda Shop)
(Courtesy: Elliston Place Soda Shop)
(Courtesy: Elliston Place Soda Shop)
(Courtesy: Elliston Place Soda Shop)
(Courtesy: Elliston Place Soda Shop)
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(Photo: WKRN)
(Courtesy: Elliston Place Soda Shop)

Developer Tony Giarratana bought the restaurant and moved it right next door to its previous location on Elliston Place.

Crews spent a year and a half renovating the new building to replicate the soda shop’s iconic look from scratch, all during the pandemic.

Managers told News 2 the focus at the new location will be, as before, delicious diner cuisine and superb customer service.

“I think restaurants hold special places in our culture and our society. The places we go to, to celebrate, to soothe ourselves, to be with each other and to share meals,” explained Manager Jim Myers.


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“Nashville would simply not be Nashville without Elliston Place Soda Shop,” said Giarratana in 2019. “It is a time machine; a living museum. I have been a loyal customer for years. When I recently heard from Skip Bibb that he was going to have to shutter the restaurant because of escalating rent, I told him I would try to buy it and refurbish it to its original classic style and provide necessary upgrades to the menu, décor and atmosphere.”

Elliston Place Soda Shop is Nashville’s longest continuously operating restaurant. The new, expanded restaurant retains its vivid red tile, stainless steel soda fountain, retro furniture and refurbished mini juke boxes at every booth.

The restaurant will open at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays for the breakfast crowd and at 8 a.m. on weekends. Click here to learn more.

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