NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The historic Elliston Place Soda Shop will stay in business for the foreseeable future after signing a new 5-year lease to stay in the 72-year-old business.
The announcement came Thursday morning.
Owners had announced plans to shut down operations at the West Nashville mainstay on Saturday due to a sluggish economy and rent increases.
The soda shop opened in 1939, and its iconic sign on Elliston Place has been considered a landmark by local residents and historians.
After reports from NewsChannel 5 that Elliston Place Soda Shop would close, dozens of people flooded the store. Loyal customers were lined up outside, waiting to get in for their last taste before the doors closed.
"I think it'll be sad for everybody in Nashville that enjoys old pieces of Nashville history that this isn't going to be around. It'll be sad," said one patron in line.
"It's devastating to this area to have this restaurant close. I mean, it's been here for 80 plus years, that's what it says on the sign. I wish they' would lower the lease and let them stay," said Wendy Phillips from Mooresville, North Carolina.
NewsChannel 5 spoke to a soda shop worker who said the landlord was very helpful in reworking a deal to keep the local favorite from having to close its doors.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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