Mt. Vernon Restaurant, located at the foot of Lookout Mountain, recently closed after 63 years in business. (Photo: Staff)

Broad Street’s Mt. Vernon Restaurant recently closed after more than six decades because the owner needs to focus on his health, and the owner posted on social media about the future of the property.

“We have no immediate plans, but the long-term plans are to redevelop the entire property,” the Messinger family said in a statement.

As of last week, the register of deeds office didn’t have any record of the property being sold, and there was no more immediate information about the plans.


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Posted by Mt. Vernon Restaurant onFriday, December 29, 2017

Mt. Vernon social media manager Sarah McCune shared several memories she collected while working with the restaurant. Several of them involved the restaurant’s amaretto pie.

There was a mother who was already in labor and came to the restaurant for its amaretto pie. Legend has it that the pie could induce labor. The woman hoped to speed up the process with a slice of the dessert, McCune said.

When Chattanooga resident Natalie Green heard of the closure, she recalled her wedding rehearsal dinner at the restaurant.

“In all the excitement, I don’t remember a ton,” she said via Facebook. “I couldn’t tell you what I ate, but I do remember the amaretto pie. It was incredible. But it always made me smile to drive by it—a little part of our wedding weekend.”

Regulars Sharleen and Larry Robinson recently celebrated their 38th anniversary at Mt. Vernon.

“We have been patrons for decades and consider you to be a hallmark of Chattanooga and of our lives,” Sharleen told McCune.

Others shared memories on the Facebook post.

Click the image below to read comments with more memories.

Posted by Mt. Vernon Restaurant onWednesday, December 27, 2017