Swett’s, Nashville TN

This old-fashioned cafeteria has been a local mainstay for more than sixty years, and was long overdue for a visit. Continue reading “Swett’s, Nashville TN”

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Tupelo Honey Cafe, Chattanooga TN

One day in late May, Marie and I drove up to Chattanooga with our son to look at what we hoped would be the house that we’d rent in the city. It’s smaller than the one we left behind, but the kitchen is larger and it has a screened patio and we found room for our shelves. The search was over and we were ready to celebrate. Continue reading “Tupelo Honey Cafe, Chattanooga TN”

The Partridge Restaurant, Rome GA

A couple of years ago, the children and I took a Saturday trip to the small city of Rome, and left very impressed with the look of a very old restaurant on Broad Street, the city’s major thoroughfare. John Jacobs opened the Partridge Restaurant in 1933. This very popular place remained in family hands for more than seventy years, and, in mid-2015, the family resumed ownership and brought back many employees who had worked here many years back. When we paid our bill, Marie and I met a nice woman named Gaynelle who has worked here on and off since 1972. Continue reading “The Partridge Restaurant, Rome GA”

The Colonnade, Atlanta GA (take two)

We’re so pleasantly surprised to see that the Colonnade, one of Atlanta’s oldest restaurants, not only continues to thrive, but continues to attract a young and vibrant customer base. While it’s not quite unique in this regard, it’s certainly in the minority. Most of the time, these “timelost” restaurants picked up most of their audience in the 1970s and slowly age with them. You sort of envisage some of these places finally closing the doors and turning the key when their last patron passes away. The Colonnade has the look and almost the feel of one of those creaky old-timers, but its admiring crowd is enormous. Young and old alike wait for an hour or more for a table on Saturday evenings, once they’ve found a parking place, anyway. Continue reading “The Colonnade, Atlanta GA (take two)”