Dayton’s Grill

I’m told that this was a popular gathering place for maybe 30 years in Lovedale.  It was located right about where Bloomingdale Pike wyes off West Sullivan.  Note the concrete post in front.  I’m pretty sure that held a U.S. Postal Service mailbox.  Lovedale was once called Peltier, a transitional commerce area before new Kingsport came into being.

4 thoughts on “Dayton’s Grill

  1. Tim Murph

    Bob, wasn’t this located right by the bend in West Sullivan Street before it hits Lynn Garden Drive? It had a Jiffy Market next door to it, in the 70’s & 80’s if it’s the one I’m thinking of…..I worked across the street at IRPCO back in the 80’s, and it was still open then, but in very bad shape….the only sign left on the building was “FreeParking”….anyway, I think this is the same grill….regards, Tim

    1. Bob Lawrence Post author

      Yes, that’s where it was. Painted light green before it was torn down. My buddy was one of a group of guys who used to gather there.
      The IRPCO building, as I’m sure you know, was built as the Coca-Cola bottling plant for the Kingsport area. I think the slightly steep ramp up to the second floor in the back was for trucks to load in supplies.

  2. James Hicks

    Yup that was it! Had the best hot dog chili on the planet! Been tryin to replicate for years without success. Dad worked at Anderson Ford back in the day and would take me to work with him from time to time. Also loved those fried honey buns!! 🙂

    1. Bob Lawrence Post author

      Ah, the chili can make a hot dog great! I used to fry honey buns at home (Mom would let me near the stove. I was pretty careful)…in butter. So good.
      Thank you for your comments!


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