The Loveless Cafe, a Nashville treasure since 1951, was honored on Saturday, January 18 when an official historical marker was unveiled in front of the restaurant at 8400 Highway 100 in Bellevue. Known for its scratch-made biscuits, fried chicken and country ham, the Loveless Cafe will now receive an official historic designation.
“Since our humble beginnings in 1951, we’ve become an iconic destination for Nashville locals and visitors alike to enjoy a scratch-made Southern meal together,” said Mike Mitchell, COO for Loveless Properties. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Metropolitan Historical Commission as a cherished ingredient in Nashville’s rich history.”
Among those in attendance were Metro Nashville Councilman Dave Rosenberg Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce President, Steve Blume.
The marker reads:
In 1951, Lon and Annie Loveless began serving fried chicken, biscuits and jams at picnic tables to hungry travelers from Highway 100, then the main road between Nashville and Memphis. They soon converted their 4-room home into a restaurant, added the 14-room Loveless Motel, a smokehouse and the iconic neon sign. Known for scratch-made Southern meals using recipes passed down by Lon and Annie, The Loveless Cafe remains a staple that welcomes over half a million guests each year.
To learn more, visit LovelessCafe.com.