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Sundancer7

Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 11/28/03 7:00 AM (permalink)
It was reported today in the Knoxville News Sentinel that the Loveless Cafe located in Nashville, TN close to the Natchez Trace was sold. The lady who owned if for the last 30 years cited that she wanted to retire as she is 72. She reported that it had been for sale since March of this year. She searched for a owner that would retain the flavor and ambience for the cafe. Apparently there is a motel attached or on the 4 acres of ground there. The new owner indicated that he would turn the motel into specialty shops and expand the restaurant mail order business by sale of more hams and preserves. The restaurant was known for its country ham, red eye gravy, bisquits, fried chicken and preserves.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
 
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    goldsborscht

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    RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 11/28/03 10:31 AM (permalink)
    That cannot happen. I love that place. It was truly one of the highlights of my trip last summer. I was thinking of a way to get down there again. That really stinks.
     
    #2
      familydok

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      RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 11/28/03 2:28 PM (permalink)
      This is probably not a popular thing to say-but here goes-this is the only place I have eaten that was recommended in the Stern books and this site that I have been disappointed in. A friend ate there after me and had the same experience. My boyfriend and I had the ham, chicken and biscuit. We found them average at best. Many places I have eaten prepare all these items better and are less expensive.
       
      #3
        Bushie

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        RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 11/28/03 4:18 PM (permalink)
        I can't count the times I've eaten at Loveless, and I've always enjoyed it. The illustrious pogophiles also has said that it's not even in the top 10 around Nashville, and he knows. However, I always loved the place.

        I think it's really good that she took her time to sell the place. Time will tell if it will be as good, and I'll be really curious to see if the "specialty shop" thing will work. I hope so.

        Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes...
         
        #4
          tiki

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          RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 11/28/03 4:39 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by Bushie
          Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes...


          Bushie??--a David Bowie fan!!??---well whodathunk!?
           
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            Bushie

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            RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 11/28/03 4:47 PM (permalink)
            tiki, I have many facets...
             
            #6
              Ort. Carlton.

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              RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 11/28/03 5:07 PM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by tiki

              quote:
              Originally posted by Bushie
              Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes...


              Bushie??--a David Bowie fan!!??---well whodathunk!?


              Dearfolk,
              At least we know he ISN'T The Man Who Sold The World.
              Oddly Spaced While Thinking Of The Flaming Gnome, The Mercurial Ort. in Windier-Than-Thou Athens, Georgia.
              P. S. For years I only had "Space Oddity" by Bowie on the first issue MERCURY 45: an un-drill-holed U. S. store stock copy. Since last year, I have located an RCA copy so I can play it occasionally with less trepidation. I own both the MERCURY LP's, but none of the earlier stuff on U. S. DERAM. Alas.
              P. P. S. Now back to food.
               
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                Art Deco

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                RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Mon, 12/1/03 10:19 AM (permalink)
                Now slow down there Bushie. I said that I don't think their fried chicken is in the top 10, and I stand by that. But I've only eaten country ham and biscuits in one restaurant in the Nashville area that I thought did it better than the Loveless, that being the Beacon Light. That being said, the fellow who bought the Loveless (Tom Morales)is a local caterer (TomKats) and long-time Nashvillian who grew up eating at the Loveless and who wants to keep it as is. He has talked about renovating/enlarging the kitchen, but not the dining area. He has also discussed developing the (currently unused) old motel grounds/buildings. I am actually quite pleased that he is taking this on, as I think he will do it right...
                 
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                  Hillbilly

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                  RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Mon, 12/1/03 12:57 PM (permalink)
                  Just so they continue with their skillet biscuits, country ham and preserves. Breakfast is the only Loveless meal that would cause me to go out of my way--but I will go a long way out of my way for that!
                   
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                    Bushie

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                    RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Mon, 12/1/03 1:13 PM (permalink)
                    Hey pogo, thanks for clearing that up. Sorry, I didn't mean to "mis-represent" your stand on the issue; I was thinking "chicken" all along but didn't make that clear.

                    Glad to hear the info about Tom Morales. Makes me feel good about the sale. Thanks.
                     
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                      Poverty Pete

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                      RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Mon, 12/1/03 6:51 PM (permalink)
                      Hey, pogophiles,
                      I went to the Beacon Light today, but it was closed. You were right; unusual hours. Here's what's posted out front.
                      M-F 4-9
                      S-S .....heck, I forgot already, but it should be open for lunch on weekends. I still haven't made it to Prince's, but will soon. I did get to that other place you mentioned just east of downtown on Main, I think it was. It would have been ok, but after trying Boo's, it paled in comparison.
                       
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                        Art Deco

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                        RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Tue, 12/2/03 10:06 AM (permalink)
                        Pete - The business card I have from Beacon Light says:

                        closed on Monday
                        4pm - 10pm Tuesday - Friday
                        9am - 10pm Saturday & Sunday
                         
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                          Art Deco

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                          RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Wed, 12/3/03 2:51 PM (permalink)
                          I've now seen a follow-up article that indicates plans to re-design and expand the Loveless seating area to increase capacity by 75 seats. Stay tuned...
                           
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                            Hillbilly

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                            RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Wed, 12/3/03 3:32 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by pogophiles

                            I've now seen a follow-up article that indicates plans to re-design and expand the Loveless seating area to increase capacity by 75 seats. Stay tuned...

                            The beginning of the end! Will probably be franchised within a year.
                             
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                              Poverty Pete

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                              RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Thu, 12/4/03 7:19 PM (permalink)
                              pogophiles,
                              haveyou been to Sammy Kershaw's hot chicken place? I went today. The chicken was very similar to Mr. Boo's, but in a full service restaurant, seating about 100. The menu also listed a hot shrimp po-boy, that I'll likely check out next week.
                               
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                                Art Deco

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                                RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 12/5/03 10:53 AM (permalink)
                                No Pete, I haven't, though I've been curious about it. I'm not often up that direction. Glad to hear it was good...
                                 
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                                  Art Deco

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                                  RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 12/5/03 10:54 AM (permalink)
                                  By the way, is Ms. Morgan still involved too or is it all Sammy's now?
                                   
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                                    Poverty Pete

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                                    RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 12/5/03 5:56 PM (permalink)
                                    I don't know about ownership, but they're playing good music in the restaurant, and sell both Morgan and Kershaw CD's. It's a place to keep in mind if one is travelling on I-24.
                                     
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                                      JimInKy

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                                      RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Sun, 12/7/03 5:58 AM (permalink)
                                      Shucks. On many Nashville trips over the years, I postponed a visit to The Loveless for a country ham and biscuit meal. There was one year when I was in Nashville almost every weekend. Still, I put it off. Well, now I've waited too long.

                                      The new proprietor may do a nice job, but it won't feel the same. Even if it is the same. Boo!

                                      Incidentally, Nashville doesn't seem to garner much notice as a city with terrific places to eat. When I spent a lot of time there in 1985, I thought it blessed with good places and enjoyed many of them. It eclipsed a lot of southern and Upper South cities of similar size. I'm now looking forward to a traditional meal at Monnel's some day.
                                       
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                                        Art Deco

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                                        RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Tue, 12/9/03 3:55 PM (permalink)
                                        I don't think it's too late yet, Jim. But you might want to hurry, just in case...
                                         
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                                          JimInKy

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                                          RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Tue, 12/9/03 5:02 PM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by pogophiles

                                          I don't think it's too late yet, Jim. But you might want to hurry, just in case...

                                          Thanks for the suggestion, Pogo. I've been thinking about how or when I can get to The Loveless in the near future. The new situation may just force me to go to Memphis for some of those ribs and barbeque salad.

                                          If I visit Memphis, that means I can have another Loveless breakfast on the way back to Lexington.

                                          Mmmmmm.

                                           
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                                            Art Deco

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                                            RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 12/19/03 10:58 AM (permalink)
                                            UPDATE: You may need to hurry, Jim. I heard on the radio yesterday the the Loveless will be closing in January for a three month, $1.5M renovation. Not sure if that's January 1 or sometime later in the month...
                                             
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                                              Art Deco

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                                              RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 12/19/03 11:17 AM (permalink)
                                              Looks like it is mid-January. Here is a link to an article in the local paper with details...
                                              http://www.tennessean.com/growth/archives/03/12/44237551.shtml?Element_ID=44237551
                                               
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                                                Art Deco

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                                                RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 12/19/03 2:02 PM (permalink)
                                                Why don't you read the article and find out? Oh, but then that wouldn't allow you to continue to pad your post count, now would it...
                                                 
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                                                  Art Deco

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                                                  RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 12/19/03 4:44 PM (permalink)
                                                  Not particularly. Then again, it may just be me being grouchy. Actually, I find the site becoming less useful and more tiresome as the signal-to-noise ratio worsens...
                                                   
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                                                    Sundancer7

                                                    RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Mon, 12/29/03 6:51 PM (permalink)
                                                    I read this morning in the Nashville Tennessean that the Loveless would be closed for three months for renovation. He would also renovate the motel for shops, etc.

                                                    It appears that the new owner is sincerely trying to create the ambience and taste of the original while upgrading.

                                                    I think this is a valiant effort and I applaud his effort. It would make the visit really super if he can maintain taste.

                                                    Paul E. Smith
                                                    Knoxville, TN
                                                     
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                                                      Route 11

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                                                      RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Fri, 01/2/04 1:41 PM (permalink)
                                                      Hey...wait a second...

                                                      Lay off clothier!

                                                      And if you want more food-related discussion, start some topics!

                                                      I'll talk turkey, or burger, or whatever.

                                                      Lynne
                                                       
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                                                        tiki

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                                                        RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Sat, 01/3/04 12:01 PM (permalink)
                                                        Thanks to Paul for starting this thread---it got me to add The Loveless to the itinerary for our Holiday trip---and im glad i did!! had lunch there on the 21st of Dec and although id never been before there it didnt LOOK like anything in there had been changed at that point for MANY years--including the food---Loved the chicken---loved the biscuits and gravy---loved the hash brown cassarole--loved the service---- and left a FAT tip. Thanks for the heads up! Hope they manage to keep the place up to its obviously high standards and down home feel. Think i would like to spend the night there next trip when they have that together and find out for myself.
                                                         
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                                                          TJ Jackson

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                                                          RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Sat, 01/3/04 3:40 PM (permalink)
                                                          quote:
                                                          Originally posted by Hillbilly

                                                          quote:
                                                          Originally posted by pogophiles

                                                          Not particularly. Then again, it may just be me being grouchy. Actually, I find the site becoming less useful and more tiresome as the signal-to-noise ratio worsens...

                                                          It seems that there more and more of the old names are disappearing from the forum contributions as it gets tougher to separate the food related disucussion from the BS chatter.


                                                          Well, I know a nunber of us love to listen in and contribute when and where we can. New (and yeah, I know I'm one of the newbies) isn't synonymous with noisy.....

                                                          I'll add that those who are really able to contribute a lot to these forums either live in an area rich with one or more types of regional cuisine, or travel regularly. I have neither advntage, frankly, but that doesn't curb my enthusiasm.

                                                          I ask a lot of questions because I hope to learn from the rest of you -- surely there was a time where you two weren't as well versed in the subject matter as you are now, and listened to others talk, sharing when you could?

                                                          In any case, I hope you'll give us newbs a chance.
                                                           
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                                                            mayor al

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                                                            RE: Loveless Cafe Sold Sat, 01/3/04 4:04 PM (permalink)
                                                            We hope to keep a 'middle of the road' balance between the straight 'review forum' and the chat about (hopefully) related topics of interest. Recently several threads seemed to wander a bit away from that concept, but without anyone taking great offense (I hope) the whole group seemed to get back closer to the original direction.
                                                            I have noticed that the names of the posters has 'evolved' over the past few months. I urge those of you who are not feeling good about current activity, to help return the theme that you feel is missing by contributing more in the area that is lacking.
                                                            And you folks just joining in are just as welcome as ever. NO one individual dominates this site...It reminds me of the old 'Chinese Fire Drill' with a lot going on at any one time. It takes patience and mutual respect to keep the feelings we find here on the plain that makes 'most' folks happy.
                                                            Hang in there, There are so many areas yet unexplored. I urge you old-timers who may have decided to sit on the sidelines for awhile, to join in when it looks as you have something you know will help others in the group. I really miss the descriptions of the Louisiana specialties that aren't being posted currently.
                                                             
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