If you are a Baby Boomer or even older, cafeterias may have been a big part of your life back in the day, especially on Sundays after church. I managed Morrison’s Cafeterias for 17 years, and we would have lines of people waiting outside to get in line every Sunday to get their carved Roast Beef, Fried Chicken, Chicken and Dumplings, Roast Turkey and Dressing along with macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and a huge selection of homemade desserts that were strategically placed at the front of the line. I can attest to the fact that everything on that line was cooked from scratch daily from the pie crusts to the cloverleaf rolls.
Unfortunately, those days have become part of a bygone era now due to the changing demographics of the clientele and the intensive labor required to operate them. In fact, Luby’s Cafeterias, the largest cafeteria chain still in business plan to close or sell 14 locations this year. Now for the good news!….
Bishop’s Meat & Three in Franklin, Tennessee was founded in 2007 by the same Bishop family that were heavily invested in Morrison’s Cafeterias back in the day. Nick Bishop Sr. was with Morrison’s Cafeteria for several years, and his father Eugene was the president of Morrison’s Cafeterias during the majority of the time I spent there. Now the good news is that you can get those same cafeteria goodies that you used to get at your favorite cafeteria back in the day!
My wife Susan and I were in Franklin for business last week so we decided to stop by, and we are glad we did! I could tell that all the items are made from scratch and taste just like those yummy dishes from yesteryear from the hot, tasty well seasoned fried chicken and the creamy macaroni & cheese and mashed potatoes to the soft pillowy cloverleaf roll. Folks, I promise you that those rolls aren’t the prebaked frozen chewy pucks you get at so many restaurants these days.
Overall, a very good experience. The food was excellent. It was a little crowded but we got seated fast. We paid around 20 bucks for the two meals, which was reasonable although be warned that the meals are served on disposable plates. Would definitely go back the next time we are in the area!
Side note: The same Bishop family that founded Bishop’s Meat and Three also started the now world famous Hattie B’s! http://www.bishopsmeat3.com. (615)771-9432. 3065 Mallory Lane in Franklin, Tn.