I have always liked the Main St. cafe and go there often for lunch, but it isn’t open in the evening. I really don’t know how Jonesborough which is the oldest town in Tennessee can bring in any real tourism without more upscale restaurants downtown.
Jonesborough has a plethora of Pizza, Barbeque and Sandwich restaurants, so if you aren’t looking for a “family” restaurant, you really don’t have any choices. The Dining Room is a tiny Cuban inspired restaurant with very good food on Main St. which is open on Friday and Saturday nights, but they don’t have a liquor or beer license so you need to BYOB. This restaurant is the only restaurant even approaching the level of dining Jonesborough needs to provide if it intends to be a tourist destination.
The antique and arts and crafts shops have some wonderful things in them and the historic buildings lining the streets are really great examples of architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries including a log cabin that Andrew Jackson lived in. The museum located in the Chester Inn tells the amazing story of Jonesborough’s early history through informative displays, and if you are interested in storytelling, you can stop by the Storytelling Center. There is also a Visitors Center with abundant tourist information. The town also hosts a small farmer’s market on Saturday mornings featuring all local produce.
“Music on the Square” concerts are performed on Friday nights during the spring, summer and early fall. The music is a variety of Americana, Blue Grass, Jazz, Celtic, Old Time and Blues. There is also a small repertory theatre which puts on plays and productions throughout the year. It would be really great to be able to have a nice dinner and glass of wine before or after these events!
I will be keeping an eye out for any changes to remedy this situation, because Jonesborough is a really beautiful little town with an amazing history and it seems that it would be easy to attract a few good upscale restaurants to Main St.