One of Nashville’s longest continuously operating restaurants is about to end its 65 year run, as Charlie Bob’s Restaurant will close its doors this Sunday.
In operation since the 1950s, the restaurant and bar has long been a staple for dependable cheap eats on the east side, serving up a straightforward menu of comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Current owner Mike Douglas and his family have owned the business since 1972, when his father Bob bought what was then called Charlie’s Restaurant. But Douglas, who also owns the property, has decided it’s time to move on, having sold the land to a local development company with an apartment project slated to come online. He tells WSMV News Channel 4 that he’s “had offers the last three years [and that it g]ets me thinking what do I want to do with the rest of my life,” stating that he’ll now be able to switch out 16-hour days for free time.