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The Chocolate Shop

Chocolate ShopPicture from Flickr Here

The Chocolate Shop

<–Is that one of those Seeburg 1947 Trashcan Jukeboxes?

written on the reverse of the above photograph.

“The Chocolate Shop” Franklin Road Nashville, Tenn- (Jerry’s place)owner

I was born and raised in Nashville. My parents were not natives, but each moved to Nashville at such a young age that this city has always been home. I grew up listening to stories about the legendary banana splits that Jerry fixed for my mother when she was pregnant with me. (Her doctor had advised her to gain weight at some point during the pregnancy.)When I saw the original post about The Chocolate Shop, I showed it to my Dad, and he wrote up the following recollections:In the late 1940s, the Anderson family lived on Sweetbriar Ave. a few doors east of Belmont Blvd. They owned Candyland at the corner of Church St. and 7th Ave. N. A relative owned Candyland, now Vandyland, on West End Ave. Jerry Georges, the brother of Mrs. Anderson, came from Greece to work at the West End store. He had served as a soldier in the Greek Army in WWII. When Pete Stumb vacated the restaurant at the corner of Franklin Rd and Berry Rd, Jerry decided to open The Chocolate Shop in that space. I used a truck to help move large copper kettles and marble slabs that he used to make candy. When I came to work everyday in a factory behind the shop at five in the morning, I would pitch pebbles at an upstairs window, where he then lived above the shop. Later I would come back there for breakfast. He later married Helen who moved in with him. His ice cream was so rich that it would cling to the roof of your mouth. When the Communists took over Greece, Jerry’s older brother, Dino, a lawyer and “congressman”, had to escape that country or risk execution. He and his two sons came and moved in with Jerry and Helen. One of the sons was named Yannie who later opened a restaurant by that name in Green Hills. Eventually Jerry and Helen moved to Chattanooga. Ultimately I-65 took over the location in the late 60s. The Andersons had two daughters named Angela and Bessie, both of whom I knew and attended school with me. They worked some in both shops. I believe Angela married Nick Morris, who became Jerry’s partner. Later, Nick left to open the Sweet Shop at Hillsboro and Capers Ave. Today, The Sportsman’s Grille occupies that location.

Ben

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MizDiz006b

By ELMER STEWART
Business Editor

Miz Diz’ Catfish Shanty Inc. officials announced today construction is under way on their prototype unit at 2823 Nolensville Road, just north of Thompson Lane.

A. H. (Pete) Crow, president of the fast-food chain, said the unit will be open for business within a month and  a grand opening ceremony scheduled probably within 45 days.

“This unit will serve as the showcase for future development of both franchised and company-owned units,” Crow said. “It also will serve as the training headquarters for the personnel managing units within the system.”

Estimated cost of the prototype unit, including land on the west side of Nolensville Road, is $160,000. Crow pointed out the unit is larger than most planned for the chain because it includes the training facilities.

The Nolensville road unit will provide seating for 94 persons. It has a total area of about 3,000 square feet. The exterior features a rustic “shanty” appearance, and interior decor will carry out this theme, Cow said.

The firm opened its first unit in January at 3119 Dickerson Road, two blocks south of the interstate 65 interchange. It was used for test marketing before public opening.

Another Unit

Crow said another unit probably will be located in the Nashville area within the near future. All local units are company owned, he said. The firm now is processing almost 100 franchise requests from throughout the United States, Cow said.

“Fish is becoming an increasingly important item in the American diet and we have the advantage of offering the ideal product—a succulent white meat fish raised to specified standards using a Special high protein diet in a controlled environment at clear water ponds and tanks.

The catfish farming industry is growing by leaps and bounds and is making great technical advances which providle the production of high quality meat.”

Crow emphasized, however, the Catfish Shanty menu will offer other, non-fish items “to give greater choice than many fish-oriented restaurants.”

Family Appeal

Crow, who served as executive vice president of McDonald’s Corp. in Chicago almost eight years before joining the Nashville-based firm, said the Chain will “appeal to family trade with fast and efficient service, clean and colorful surroundings and quality food control.”

The grand opening ceremony for the prototype unit will be scheduled for about two weeks after the unit actually opens, Crow said.

Mrs. Patricia Nash Dean, wife of Baseball Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean and the “Miz Diz” from whom the company takes its name, will be featured at the grand opening, he explained.

“The Deans love Nashville,” Crow said, “and they’re excited about the opening of the Nolensville Road unit.”

The prototype unit is being constructed by Clarence G. Schaub, general contractor; architects for the project arc Wilson & Odom.

Catfish Shanty annonced its international franchising plans in March. Frank C. Davis jr. owner of Frank Davis Buick Co. in Madison, serves as chairman of the board and Dennis C. Wright, Madison, attorney, is secretary of the board.

Home office of the firm is located at 408 Professional Plaza Building in Madison.

Nashville Banner July 21, 1969

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I’m just so proud to be here!MinniePearlsChicken001

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217 Sixth Ave. North

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Wilma Linder and Veco Linder, her father, in front of City Cafe. She is probably 14 or so, so it would be about 1947.

Just Wilma at City Cafe

– Katherine Steinbring

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Veco Linder at the bar of the Beach Lodge

Veco Linder by his lodge

Veco Linder by his lodge: As it says, this is Veco Linder by the Beach Lodge sign on the river. Boats could pull right up to the dock and moor. Then the people could go up to the bar/restaurant to enjoy themselves. I always loved the hush puppies!

This is the house next to the Beach Lodge. We used to stay there during summer vacations in the 1960s before my grandfather died. I clearly remember the wooden signs nailed to the trees out back. They each indicated a year and how high the flood water had gotten that year.

Down the road was the ferry to cross the river. I remember some bad car crashes there, even some cars going into the river. Eventually a huge bridge was built and the ferry was retired.
I know part of the property (there was a horse farm across the road) became part of Opryland.
Again, if anyone has more information I’d love to know about it.
Katherine

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restaurant at 2nd and Broad

Katie Eakes Linder is at cash register. Wilma Linder is the little girl. This is the restaurant that Mom says was at 2nd and Broad; she remembers it well. They lived upstairs (one big room). She remembers sleeping at night and hearing/seeing/feeling the mice (rats?) running up and down the bed posts.

if anyone has more information I’d love to know about it

Photo and info from Katherine Steinbring.

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