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The Loveless Cafe
The Loveless Cafe is just outside Nashville. When we mentioned our trip down the Natchez Trace, everyone said you have to go to The Loveless Cafe. We looked it up on line and learned there was always a wait. We didn’t really believe there would be an hour wait for breakfast on a a Sunday morning. We were wrong. We arrived about ten o’clock and were told we had forty-five minutes to an hour wait. Of course we decided to stay. We were, after all, on our way down the Trace and what else would we do. By the time we left at twelve o’clock the visitors were told there would be a two hour wait. While waiting one can see many famous faces on the walls, including Kenny Rodgers, Minne Pearl, Eli Mannig, The Nitty Gritty Dirt band, Kelli Pickler, Santa Claus, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town and many more.
History of the Loveless Cafe & Motel
Originally known as the Harpeth Valley tea room, the Loveless Cafe first served it’s famous fried chicken and biscuits in 1951 when owned by Lon and Annie Loveless who served travelers on highway 100 from their front door. Soon they converted their home into a restaurant and added country hams to the menu that were cured, smoked, cured and carved on sight. Lon built fourteen motel rooms for weary travelers and handled motel operations while Annie entice diners with homemade preserves and made from scratch biscuits.
As the outskirts o Nashville expanded toward this country diner, under different owners, the Loveless Cave and Motel maintained a friendly atmosphere and the tasty Southern menu, including the secret biscuits recipe, upholding its status as a true Tennessee tradition.
In 1982 the Hams and Jams mail order business was established enabling visitors and friends to share the Loveless Cafe experience with loved ones around the globe.
With the introduction 0f the interstate system, motel operations slowed and finally ceased in 1985 and the fourteen units were converted into retail space. By 2003 the nearly century old building could no longer keep up with dining demands. Purchased by committed Nashvillians who wanted to preserve this remarkable landmark, the cafe closed for the first time in over fifty years for restorations. Today the Loveless Cafe serves more than f0ur hundred fifty thousand guests a year and makes up to seven thousand biscuits a day still using Annie Loveless’ original recipe.