The iconic Elliston Place Soda Shop of Nashville announced it will expand to Franklin, taking residence in the vacated Puffy Muffin Cool Springs location.
Not only is this staple famous for its milkshakes and burgers, you can catch a glimpse of the recognizable red and white decor in several TV spots including “Tennessee Crossroads,” “Nashville” on CMT and in the music video for Margo Price’s “Little Bit of Pain,” Kesha’s “C’Mon” and a Penatonix video with Reba. But we wondered if the new location will carry some of its nostalgia to the new location.
“The new Cool Springs location of Elliston Place Soda Shop is opening in a much larger footprint than the historic location in midtown Nashville. Certain style elements in the new restaurant will give a nod to the original — Nashville’s oldest restaurant to continuously operate in the same location — such as the black and white checkerboard flooring and a neon sign that hung for 75 years at the midtown location, though it will be more modern and able to accommodate families and larger parties, as well as private events in two dedicated spaces,” said owner Skip Bibb.
But there will be a few new things in the Cool Springs location explained Bibb, “The new restaurant will include a full-service bar and unique twists on its midtown menu, like boozy milkshakes and a few dinner entrees aside from its popular burgers. Also unique to Cool Springs will be the ‘merch shop’ that will be located in the space adjacent to the restaurant, which Puffy Muffin used to prepare and display baked goods. The shop will feature Elliston Place Soda Shop-branded gear, like t-shirts, hats, mugs and more, and will likely carry items from other local vendors.”
Part of the experience at the soda shop is sitting at the lunch counter, ordering your meal and watching it be prepared, a tradition that will continue at the Cool Springs location.
“The new restaurant space has an area that will reflect the iconic midtown soda shop, with bright red stools lining the soda fountain and several booths against the window. Separated from the main dining space by a bold wooden partition, the new soda counter space will offer a nostalgic spot for the community to enjoy the diner’s classic burgers, shakes, and sodas, as well as a few new offerings,” said Bibb.
For those wondering if the menu will be the same, Bibb says it will but with some exclusive items that will only be available in Cool Springs.
“Becky Watkins, General Manager of the new restaurant and a professionally trained chef, is currently developing several new items especially, for the Cool Springs location. and diners can expect a handful of dinner entrees on the menu that will be exclusive to Cool Springs, as well as several brunch items. Like the original location, it will be open daily for breakfast and lunch,” said Bibb.
While the hours are still tentative, the restaurant will likely stay open until 9 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. on the weekends, added Bibb.
Keep checking back here for more updates. Elliston Place Soda Shop Cool Springs will be located at 330 Mayfield Drive, Franklin.