By KEN BECKSpecial to The Wilson Post
Burgers and fries, foot-long chili dogs, milk shakes and soft-serve ice cream cones via curbside service will return with a smile when the Snow White Drive-In reopens March 9.
When the doors of the historic restaurant closed last October, it did not escape the notice of entrepreneur Anthony Leath who lives less than a mile away. He had enjoyed many a weekend afternoon trip there for ice cream when his two daughters were young.
“I noticed it was empty and thought it was unfortunate. After it sat for two months I decided it would not be a bad idea to look into it,” said Leath, who bought the Satsuma Tea Room in downtown Nashville three years back and remodeled it into 417 Union.
His investigation led him to decide to breathe new live into the grand old drive-in, but he will stick with a familiar menu and continue with a heaping helping of nostalgia.
“We want to keep it as close to Snow White as possible. The food will be simple, Americana food,” said Leath, noting that pork barbecue, hot dogs, milk shakes, banana splits, burgers, salads and plate lunches and dinners will remain hallmarks of the menu.
“We especially want to welcome families to come in on weekends for an ice cream cone. They’ll find a welcoming diner serving great food at a fair price and a fun and nostalgia atmosphere.”
Leath does plan on one change: a jukebox will be added to flavor up the décor which leans heavily on a Coca-Cola theme.
The reborn Snow White will be open seven days a week and serve breakfast daily. The restaurant seats 56 inside and offers 18 curb spaces. Leath also invites the young at heart to come show off their nostalgic cars on Saturday nights.
“We plan to start with 10 employees,” said Leath, who has lived in Lebanon since 1999, “and I feel good about putting some people back to work.”
He’ll also be putting a lot of Snow White fans back to eat.
Writer Ken Beck may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.