Was This Restaurant on Lower Broadway Part of the Underground Railroad?

A popular destination in downtown Nashville is rumored to have been a rare Southern stop on the Underground Railroad.

If you've been down to Bridgestone Arena lately, you've probably looked across the street at Pancho and Lefty's Cantina and said "Man, that building looks super old".

And the truth is this....it IS super old.

 

It's actually the oldest standing building in downtown Nashville.  At one point it was a livery stable (basically a storage unit for horses), but many think it was a stop on the Underground Railroad as well.

It's not a certainty that the site was part of the Underground Railroad - the only confirmed locations in Tennessee are both in Memphis - but if true it would be the only Underground Railroad stop in Nashville, a city that was obviously deep in the Confederate States.

For years, the building was home to Pub 5, but Pancho and Lefty's took over the lease and opened up just a little over a year ago.  The menu focuses on tacos and tequila and offers some stunning views of Downtown Nashville.

 

And everywhere you look inside the restaurant are reminders of just how old the building is, from the often intact old southern decor to the distressed brick walls that surround you.

 

Next time you head down to a concert or a Preds game, grab a margarita and step into history! 

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