Elliston Place Soda Shop has temporarily closed its Nashville location at 2111 Elliston Place, the restaurant announced on Facebook. The restaurant plans to re-open in 2020.
Offering classic diner fare and soda fountain treats since 1939, Elliston Place Soda Shop is Nashville’s oldest continuously operating restaurant in its original location. It is on the national register of historic places and has been featured in music videos, television programs and more. A second Elliston Place Soda Shop location opened in Franklin in the spring of 2018 but closed in August 2019.
Nashville Business Journal reports that developer Tony Giarratana purchased the Nashville soda shop from the current owner, Skip Bibb, who purchased the restaurant back in 2013.
Giarratana told Business Journal that he was told by Bibb he would have to close the restaurant due to rising rent cost. While Griarrantana plans to re-open the restaurant, it may not be at the current 2111 Elliston Place location; there are five other locations in Elliston Place where it could possibly reopen.
Plans are in the works to have the current employees of Elliston Place Soda Shop will work to help reopen the new updated restaurant with General Manager Linda Melton, the manager for the last 25 years.
For the latest updates on the reopening of Elliston Place Soda Shop, follow their Facebook page here.