So you see what was good & hip in the 80's, may not be so today.
That's why everyone is nostalgic about the place---It is a place that was a place "Back When".
They all would like to see it restored to its former glory.
Oh my gosh! No one ever ate at the Soda Shop because it was "hip". For you to make that statement, you must be either (1) a non-Nashvillian, or (2) a Nashvillian who is part of the "Industry" and therefore worries about what is "hip". Several of the comments here appear to be from road foodies who base their opinions on one visit. Elliston Place Soda Shop still has many loyal customers, but like many other restaurants has hit a stretch of bad luck in this economy. I don't have any problem with a clean-up, but for someone to suggest a visit from the Restaurant: Impossible show, where decor is not just updated, but redone, and where menus are completely overhauled, seems a bit overboard. A large part of the appeal is the nostalgia, and no one needs to overhaul that.
Don't make statements when you don't know what your talking about. I lived in Nashville from 1979 to 1983 as an adult, not a college kid, and ate at the place numerous times. My Daughter and her Native Nashvillian Husband and their family still live there (almost 20 years) and we visit frequently and have been to the EPSS numerous times and have watched it go downhill. My Daughter works at the Vanderbilt University Hospital in a Medical Management position.
To people my age, the place was considered a "HIP" place to go. So don't tell me what's hip and what's not. It can be restored to look like it did originally. You make a lot of incorrect assumptions about what I was trying to convey without getting into great decor detail. The place needs help in the front and the back of the house.
How many times have you been there in the last 10 years, or since you left Vandybrat University for that matter?
post edited by Foodbme - 2011/07/23 04:13:41