Elliston Place Soda Shop to open Saturday, will host grand opening next week


Elliston Place Soda Shop to open Saturday, will host grand opening next week

PHOTO: Skip Bibb, the owner of Elliston Place Soda Shop, stands next to the Nashville shop’s original sign inside the new Cool Springs location on Friday, May 25, 2018/Brooke Wanser.

By BROOKE WANSER

Elliston Place Soda Shop, the Nashville restaurant dating back to the 1930s, will open a Cool Springs location on Saturday.

In a tweet sent Thursday, the iconic restaurant announced they would open their second location on Saturday May 26 at 9 a.m.

Their grand opening will be held next Saturday, June 2.

The store is located off Carothers Parkway, at 335 Mayfield Drive in the spot formerly occupied by the Puffy Muffin.

The space was vacated in September of 2017, and Elliston Place announced their expansion in March of 2018, with an estimated open date of summer 2018.

The soda shop will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with meat and three, burgers and fries, and, of course, their iconic milkshakes and malts.

Elliston Place’s Nashville location is on the National Register of Historic Places, originally housing a grocery store, then a pharmacy, before opening as a soda shop in 1939.

On Friday morning, Skip Bibb, the owner of both locations, was at the Cool Springs shop early to prepare for Saturday’s opening.

Stepping inside the 8,600 square-foot space, guests will be transported to the 1930s with cushy red booths and bar stools and a restored soda fountain. Photos of the original location add to the authenticity.

The Elliston Place sign that hangs inside the restaurant is the original; Bibb said a delivery driver knocked it down a few years ago, so he replaced it at the Nashville location with a replica.

Bibb, a 20-year veteran in the restaurant industry, began with three restaurants in Knoxville before purchasing Elliston Place five years ago.

When he took over, he said the shop had no social media presence. Now, they rank among the top restaurant social media followings in the Nashville area, second only to the Loveless Cafe.

Bibb said he had been looking to open a second location for a few years. “Our concept fits really well with this area,” he said.

Bibb is awaiting the restaurant’s liquor license, with plans to serve local beers and wine, and a boozy milkshake.

In addition to regular food offerings, Bibb said more upscale dinner options will be available too, like Scottish salmon and drunken pork chops.

Visit their website at www.ellistonplacesodashop.com.

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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