The founders of the ultra popular Nashville Jam Company restaurant in near Mt. Juliet announced Thursday they've sold their restaurant and will concentrate now on family and their even more successful jam business.
Couple and parents Gary and Cortney Baron announced the change on their Facebook page and indicated the decision to sell the restaurant portion of the business was bittersweet. They started the restaurant some years ago in a place on Saundersville Road, across from Harbor Island marina.
It quickly drew a loyal group of regulars who enjoyed their elaborate menus and especially breakfast there. Gary is a celebrated chef and changed his eclectic menus weekly related to the season.
The restaurateurs said the transfer of ownership happened April 18.
The restaurant portion of our business has been transferred to a group of investors.
"The group approached us and made an offer.," they said. "We accepted. The group led by Chef Bobby Hansen strives to continue the same level of quality and service that has made the restaurant so successful."
They told their loyal customers the decision to sell that portion of their business was, "So that the Barons could spend more time together as a family. We have two young children who need our full attention."
They added they wanted to focus on their jam business that "ultimately" brought them to their successful restaurant.
"The Jam business is more of a traditional 9 to 5 environment that allows us to focus on family," they said.
The Barons said they are excited the new owners plan to build on their accomplishments and they hope they will enjoy the success they've had there.
They noted the new owners plan to expand seating outdoors to take advantage the lake view and make improvements on the overall aesthetics.
"I am sure the community will enjoy the new look," Gary wrote.
They wrote about their gratitude to everyone who patronized their café and made is such a success.
"We will miss seeing the regular customers and friends we have made over the last couple of years," they said. "It is humbling to have been so well received and so highly regarded."
They also gave a heartfelt "thank you" to their loyal staff.
Nothing has changed with the Nashville Jam Company. Their products will continue to be available and served on the menus of the city's finest hotels and restaurants, as well as in grocery stores.
Their Facebook blew up just after their announcement with well wishes and sadness at the news the couple would not operate the restaurant, but appreciation the restaurant will still continue.
Poster Julie Devereux wrote, "Congrats on growing a business someone wanted to buy! I loved your shrimp & grits, the only grits I will eat! So I hope they keep that dish and the yummy pimento cheese, fried green tomato burger! Good Luck on your next chapter."