Mt. Vernon Restaurant says goodbye after 63 years in Chattanooga

Longtime fixture off Broad Street near Lookout Mountain closes

A sign indicates the Mt. Vernon Restaurant on Broad Street is open regular hours, but the doors were locked at lunchtime Wednesday, Dec. 27, and the business has permanently closed, according to its owners.

What's in a name?

The name for the restaurant came from the plantation home of George Washington of Mount Vernon in Virginia.

Lurone Jennings said Wednesday that he usually ate two to three times a week at the Mt. Vernon Restaurant, calling the Chattanooga fixture "my second office."

"It was probably my favorite restaurant," said Jennings, adding that he had a lot of meetings over meals at the Broad Street eatery that has closed its doors for the final time after 63 years.

Owners Jeff and Cindy Messinger said that this past Saturday was the last day for the restaurant located at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

Jeff Messinger, 69, said the restaurant, which generated a loyal clientele over the years, closed due to reasons related to his health.

His wife, whose grandparents Gus and Myrtle Tombras started the eatery, said "there's a season for everything."

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