Loveless Cafe

Loveless Cafe

Loveless Cafe

Fried chicken and biscuits have been a part of Loveless Cafe’s history for more than sixty years. In 1951, Lon and Annie Loveless began serving them out the front door of their home to travelers who passed by on US Highway 100, the then primary route between Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee.

Lon and Annie
Lon and Annie Loveless
Weary travelers found comfort and refuge at the cozy home and in the food the owners served to them while seated at picnic tables in the front yard. As the tiny house became a planned stop for treks along the Trace, Lon and Annie Loveless expanded their private home into the Loveless Motel and Cafe. Lon Loveless built and ran the property’s motel and was responsible for smoking the meats while Annie whipped up batches of her homemade preserves and scratch-made-biscuits – a secret recipe that remains unchanged to this day. Through the years, the Cafe lovingly changed hands to just two local families who continued to serve the time-tested Southern cuisine. In 1982, “Hams & Jams” the mail-order business was established to fill requests from around the globe for the eateries much-desired smoked country ham and jams.

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