Elliston Place Soda Shop Marks Milestone While Neighborhood Changes

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Elliston Place Soda Shop Marks Milestone While Neighborhood Changes

CREATED Jun 17, 2014
by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Elliston Place Soda has been a fixture in that area of Nashville since 1939. Business had never been better and many credit a changing neighborhood for the success.

When you walk into the soda shop you are transported back in time to an era when people came to the counter everyday for burgers and milkshakes.

"Somebody came in and said we looked retro. I said 'this isn't retro, this is what it was.' We didn't decorate it this way, this is the way they decorated in 1939," said owner Skip Bibb.

He purchased the iconic restaurant six months ago, and has worked to bring back some of the former glory of the soda shop.

"Doing things from scratch, bringing back some of the pies that were once made here. Some things like that," Bibb explained.

He took over the restaurant in the midst of a lot of change on Elliston Place. New businesses are moving in, and hundreds of new apartment units have been built, or are under construction.

Elliston 23 is a luxury apartment building with several restaurants and businesses on the ground floor. Hurry Back is a bar that just opened a few weeks ago on the spot of the Hurry Back Market that was in operation in the 1970s.

The Dallas is an apartment building under construction directly across the street from the soda shop.

With all these new residents in the area, Bibb decided to start a dinner service and extend the restaurant's hours until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

"I just think there's more people on the block, or in the couple of blocks that is Elliston Place. There's just more pedestrian traffic in the evening now, then there once was," said Bibb.

At 75 years old, the Elliston Place Soda Shop is Nashville's oldest restaurant continually operating at the same location.

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