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A menu of memories

Posted Friday, September 14, 2007, at 9:27 PM

Talk on another T-G blog turned to memories of Shelbyville past. Specifically, restaurants of past years, many of which were gone by the time I became an adult. I did a well-received print edition column on some of them a few months ago. Remember these?

*Honeyland (mentioned in the other blog), which I remember as a sort of yellowish brick building on Madison Street toward the front of today's Wessner Automotive lot.

*The Merry-Go-Round, once a drive-in way out Madison Street which later became a bar before it burned in the mid 1970s.

*Locke's Dairy Bar, on North Main in the building now housing Living Stones Church. This one's totally before my time; I've just seen it in photos and mentioned in ads. But it was a major hangout in the 1940s and 1950s.

*Ditto for the Rebel Maid, on Madison Street where today's KFC is.

*Mr. Burger, on Madison Street. It burned one night in the late 1960s or early 1970s, replaced by the building now remodeled into Dr. Alcorn's dental offices.

*The Scotsman, on Madison Street in the 1970s before it exploded one night.

*A & W Root Beer, in the part of the now-empty lot next to Freeman's Shoes. Remember when the Freeman's building housed a bowling alley? (Actually, I don't...but I've seen photos)

*Burger Chef, Shelbyville's first chain fast-food restaurant, in the Lane Parkway building now housing a Mexican store.

*The first Sonic Drive-In from the 1970s and '80s, now overgrown with weeds on Madison Street.

And some of the bars...

*Sam's Place, in a small Depot Street building which still exists as a house.

*Sticky's, a maroon building torn down shortly after the Kroger store opened on Madison Street.

*The King of Clubs, on 231 North at Whiteside Lane in, I think, the building now housing a convenience store.

These restaurants and bars are likely just scratching the surface. You can probably think of many others. Fill in some of your favorites.


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Golden Corral, Shoney's, Hobble House... Just to name a few (maybe not that old, but hey they were all once booming businesses)...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 10:24 PM

And one of my PERSONAL favorites of old, Pizza Inn...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 11:09 PM

Pizza Villa- located on the corner of Big Springs shopping center when BigK was there. Now it's part of the old Staples building. It was my first ever pizza place- I remember stringing the cheese all the way from the plate to my mouth.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 12:21 AM

David,

Scotties on Madison is the one that exploded. It was next to the now Whitt's BBQ. Scotsman was where Rafaels is now.

-- Posted by cordell on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 6:34 AM

Ok I am going to show my age a little here :>)

Cooper and Martian Grocery Store (where Goodwill is now)

Thirsty Turtle (Madison Street)

The Bowling Alley (located at Shelbyville Super Market on Union Street)

Red Food's (where Bi-lo was but is now an empty building)

I also think Burger Chef once was Burger Queen (on Lane Pkwy)

Central Elementary school was a small building in front of the Old Harris Middle school,(where 1st Community Bank is now)

which was Central High School before it was Harris Middle School

Vance Clay's office use to be Shelbyville Supermarket (I remember skipping out of High School to go across the street to get snacks) :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 11:32 AM

Oh yeah

Fred's Dollar Store where Badcock Furniture is now

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 11:34 AM

I thought Burger Queen was once where Prime Steak house resided.

-- Posted by cfder on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 11:54 AM

It may have been it was a long time ago. It seemed though it was at one time where Burger Chef was if I remember correctly the Munires owned it then..(but don't quote me on that) :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 12:13 PM

Yeah, I remember Burger Queen ... if I could just remember where it was ...

-- Posted by David Melson on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 12:35 PM

cfder is correct.Burger Queen was where Prime Steak House came later (it's now Old Hickory Barbecue).

-- Posted by Jicarney on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 12:43 PM

There was a Fred's next to the Capri??

Honestly I am not real observant when it comes to businesses. Brad Reagan Tires was gone for years before I realized they were out of business. It wasn't until I needed tires that I noticed.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 10:47 PM

I remember Fred's. Mid-1970s, then they moved to the building that's now Badcock Furniture.

Since we're talking 5 and 10 cent stores, remember Kuhn's, which I think was about midway down the east side of the square? That's where I got my supply of model cars as a child.

And I'm trying to remember the name of the other dime store that was right on the corner of Depot and the square around that time. Seems like it had oiled wood floors and (I have no idea why I remember this) a unique smell.

-- Posted by David Melson on Sat, Sep 15, 2007, at 11:38 PM

Was it a Ben Franklin store?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 12:15 AM

Kuhn's had all the toys downstairs. In the 60's that was where we went for them and the model cars.

Also, remember the Santa Claus next door that went up and down the chimney in the window?

-- Posted by cfder on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 11:55 AM

I remember Kuhn's ..

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 2:36 PM

Wasn't there a Corhern's 5 & 10 on the east side of the square? Was it on the corner?

-- Posted by David Melson on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 6:40 PM

I remember Mr. Burgers and Bud's drive ins. I thought the Mr. Burgers' cheese burgers were the best around.

-- Posted by cfder on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 8:08 PM

And Mittewede's Grocery Store, Caperton's Drug Store (best milk shakes in town)

I remember going into the old Gunter Building when I was small and JR running the elevator.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 10:18 PM

I'm thinking there was an ice cream place called Kay's or Kaye's somewhere around Handy Dandy...? Is this correct?

Remember when Krogers was where the rent-to-own place is now and Super X was at CVS. Then they switched or something. Then Burkharts was there awhile.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 8:02 AM

Where was Mr. Steak...wasn't there a Mr. Steak as well as a Mr. Burger? Was Bud's where Handy Dandy is now? Anyone remember the Saddle, the Stirrup and the Bridle?

-- Posted by volfanatic on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 9:15 AM

For mmp84:

Kay's Ice Cream (uummmm! Loved it!) was where Domino's is now. Dixie Motors was in the Domino's building earlier. I've seen photos of new Studebakers surrounded by hedges or shrubbery in front of that building.

Even earlier, until some point in the 1970s Kroger was in the building at North Main and North Cannon that housed an auto parts store until fairly recently.

For volfanatic:

Seems like Bud's Drive-In was in a since torn-down building at what would now be the middle of Celebration Drive, and I may be wrong about this.

I remember as a child the Saddle, in what's now the El Mexico building, held our first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise.

Wasn't the Bridle on Cannon Boulevard in the building recently replaced by an apartment complex?

And it seems like the Stirrup may have been way out Cannon near the entrance to Brookhaven Subdivision.

These bring to mind the restaurant out 41-A in the building that since housed the Tony Rice Center. Wasn't that one called the Golden Spur?

-- Posted by David Melson on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 9:49 AM

I think The Bridle was the same location as The Angus on Cannon Blvd

The Homeplate was where the Supper Club was located on Fayetteville Hwy.

The Stirrup sounds familiar but I can not place it..

I don't remember The Golden Spur but we did have a Golden Corral.

Then in the mist of weeds and a run down building on Madison Street was Bumpers. Long before we had a Sonic.

Remember The Dixie Hotel on the square?

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 6:33 PM

The Dixie Hotel was once a showplace but was pretty much run down in its final days. I shot the T-G photos the day they took the wrecking ball to the Dixie; seems like it was around 1977 or 1978.

-- Posted by David Melson on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 8:31 PM

Let me throw a few more into the mix to help stir up your memory a little bit. Do not forget Ray's Drive-In at the corner of Hillcrest and Tullahoma Highway that carried Al Davenport's BBQ as did Honeyland. Coke Crowell beside H. Clay Martin's Edgemont Market also carried Al's BBQ. I remember Al's BBQ as being the best I ever ate. When Leslie Little first opened Honeyland, before it became a honky tonk, he featured Honey flavored Ice Cream. Someone mentioned Bud's Drive-In and that remined me that several years before that the "old man" Bud Watley had a honky tonk with a grill on North Main beside Robert Newell's Market and he made a chili dog that would melt in your mouth. Guy Landers and Charlie Russell had a Gulf Station across the street from Bud's. Someone else mentioned A & W Root Beer and the thought immediately came to mind about the "Enzburger". Several honky tonks come to mind such as the 41-A across the corner from Ray's Drive-In, the Blue Haven on Madison across from Eureka Pants Mfg., the Silver Moon on Unionville Highway, and the Bloody Bucket between Lynchburg and Fayetville highways. I am sure that will help you remember many more. At the thought of five and dime stores I was reminded that Gunter Lumber on the corner of Bridge Street and West Side Square also carried toys downstairs. Across Bridge Street there was Taylor's Grocery and there was a small restaurant between Taylors and the Police Station that made the best hamburger I ever ate at that time except for T. L. Smith's hamburgers. Also on that side of the square remember the T-G office just past the elevator in the Gunter building with their iron circular staircase going downstairs, and remember that Caperton's made ice cream in the basement, and remember Roy Pressgrove's Barber Shop downstairs with barbers like Pollard Moore and Milton Clanton, and remember the Tea Room downstairs, and remember that Cohn-Glazer was just upstairs? The Riverside Hotel was across the corner. Carl Chitwood's Watch Repair was across the other corner. The Bedford Theatre was in the middle of the block on the South Side of the square. Then there was A. R. Johnsons and H. J. Thompsons, along with Hale's Shoe Store. There was Piggly Wiggly on the East Side of the square along with McKees, and Parks-Belk. I am just getting warmed up but I better rest this old mind and give someone else a chance.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 2:09 PM

Did you forget the Waffle Shop on the southside of the square? It was run by Harley Morgan.

Was the little hambuger joint beside Taylors run by Hamburger Richardson?

-- Posted by cordell on Fri, Sep 28, 2007, at 11:20 AM

Now that you mention the Waffle Shop it seems to me that was the restaurant that served an open faced Roast Beef sandwich that my wife and I really liked. As far as the hamburger joint beside Taylors I can not remember who ran it. I can remember Hamburger Richardson being a car salesman but I never knew where he got the name "Hamburger". That might be a possibility. I have thought of several more places that I should have listed since I wrote that last blog. When I can sit down a little while and compose some of them I will add them as well. Someone mentioned Pizza in an earlier blog. I can remember the first Pizza I ever had. It was at the 41-A Drive-In Theatre. I can remember that my girlfriend (later to become my wife) and I did not like it at all and we threw most of it away. I can also remember that on Wednesday nights you could get into the Drive-In for 6 Pepsi bottle caps apiece. I would go around to the markets in town and collect Pepsi bottle caps from them to be used for Drive-In admittance on Wednesday nights.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Sep 28, 2007, at 1:36 PM

Speaking of pizza. Did you ever travel to Tullahoma and eat at Joe Rico's pizza? It was the first place around here that served pizza. It was ran by a husband and wife.

-- Posted by cordell on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 3:10 PM

It may have been it was a long time ago. It seemed though it was at one time where Burger Chef was if I remember correctly the Munires owned it then..(but don't quote me on that) :>)

Burger Queen was where the old Prime Steakhouse was. When the building was built new it was a Burger Queen. Sam Manire ran the Burger Chef on Lane Parkway. It opened around 1966 or so, after the urban renewal project.

-- Posted by cordell on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 3:13 PM

Yes, I can remember going to Joe Rico's but it was not to eat Pizza. I remember that Burger Chef was the first fast food joint in Shelbyville. It is strange but both on the names Burger Queen and Prime Steakhouse escape me. I wonder if that could have been after I left Shelbyville in 1976. Another name that just came to me in Minnie Pearl Chicken on Elm Street.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 9:20 PM

Leeiii

Yeah you and I both know why we went to Joe Rico's, but they did serve pizza! Burger Queen was built on Madison next to K Mart, probably around 1980 or so. Burger Queen went out of business and then Prime Steak house opened there. It's a barbeque place now. Minne Pearl was on Elm at Morton Street.

-- Posted by cordell on Sun, Sep 30, 2007, at 10:41 AM

there were two corhern's 5 & 10 stores on the square. my father, sarles corhern had the one store on the corner and my uncle thomas corhern had the 5 & 10 in the middle of the block. my dad ran his store in the mid-1950's before we moved.

-- Posted by corhern on Mon, Jun 15, 2009, at 6:59 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.