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They say don’t shoot the messenger, so don’t be mad at me or Retro Roadmap Reader Mike Hauer, who was kind enough to update me that the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville, TN is scheduled to close on August 1 because they are unable to pay their rent.

You can read the details here in the article Mike sent me.

We visited the soda shop – which has been open since 1939 – during our short visit to Music City and just had not written about it yet. The Elliston Place Soda Shop is the oldest continually operating (in one location) restaurant in Nashville. Elliston Place Soda Shop Vintage Sign Nashville TNThough we were fit to burst (well, I was anyways) we could not resist the call of the neon ice cream soda and air conditioned comfort. Retro Roadhusband also liked that it was right next door to a music store. Counter Elliston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN

They had your usual lunch counter style fare – award winning burgers, “Fresh Fruit Ades”, milkshakes and more. There was a table of sweet old ladies sitting right next to us who ordered the luncheon special – we ordered some fries and RRH got a chocolate milk shake.

Here’s the ladies enjoying their luncheon…

Ladies Who Lunch at the Elliston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN

And here’s wacky Retro RoadHusband, enjoying his milkshake (and maybe not enjoying my constant photo taking!)
Milkshake Surprise Elliston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN

There was a big juke box in the back of the soda shop, music professionals “talkin shop” at a nearby table and some cool (though not working) table top juke boxes.
Elliston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN  Table Top Juke Box
One of the understandable reasons the Soda Shop is closing is because business is down. Makes sense, as more people are eating at home.

But if we all don’t occasionally go and spend at the cool old places we love so much they won’t be there. And with places like Elliston Place Soda Shop the prices are reasonable, so it won’t break the bank for each of us, but it would make a difference in the long run.

So if you’re going out for a splurge or just a sundae remember, the money you spend locally is really investing in the kind of world you want to live in – small independent cool old places still existing and not being replaced by chains.

Best of luck to the Elliston Place Soda Shop folks, and thanks to Mike for the heads up.

Elliston Place Soda Shop
2111 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-1090 ‎

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Wow, the good news about NYC Retro Roadmap fun comes just in time to salve the stinging blow that The Empire Diner is closing in the middle of May!

Thanks to Glenn Wells of the Roadside Fans group for spreading the (sad) news. I’m leaving today….

Empire Diner to close soon
Published: Thursday, April 8, 2010 6:08 PM CDT
“Speaking to Chelsea Now on April 6th, proprietor Renate Gonzalez confirmed “May 15th is our last day of operations. We have lost our lease.” The news, given to her by the landlord’s attorney, came as an unpleasant surprise. Gonzalez: “We had a meeting. We thought we renegotiated and agreed to another ten-year lease; we shook hands. The day before Christmas, we got a message from his attorney that he had signed a lease with somebody else; another restaurant.”

Read the entire article on the closing of the Empire Diner here.

I remember making a point of coming here when my sisters and mum and I all went to NYC way back in the lateighties, early 90’s, and being thrilled by being in such a cosmopolitan version of a diner. I remember getting the chicken fried steak, and trying to collect all the post cards. And now I realize that even that era is close to being vintage and retro!

I guess the times they are a changin’ but it sure will be sad to see this place go- so go there while you still can!

The Empire Diner
Empire Diner
210 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011-4784
(212) 243-2736

Get yourself to the Empire Diner before it closes- I’ve made it easy by putting it on the Retro Roadmap!

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