Perfect for a satisfying breakfast and quick lunch, the Promenade Café specializes in gourmet burgers, seasonal salads and comfort food classics such as Baja Fish Tacos and Short Ribs Tater Tots.
Over 60 years ago in the small community of Mason, Tennessee, Napoleon “Na” Vanderbilt created something amazing – fried chicken that could unite a community. In an era of divisive racial attitudes the residents of Mason found that they could all – black and white – agree on how much they loved Na’s fried chicken.
Such an amazing feat did not occur overnight. After experimenting for several years in a local tavern, Na and his wife, Ms. Maggie, began selling their chicken, sandwiched between two slices of white bread, out of the back door of the tavern. As demand grew, Na and Maggie were encouraged by local residents to build a freestanding restaurant. Unfortunately, the Vanderbilt’s were of modest means and could not afford such an expansion; however, generous, chicken loving locals offered to supply them with the materials necessary to build their own restaurant. Na, a skilled carpenter, built the restaurant on a piece of land he and Ms. Maggie owned on Highway 70 in Mason. Maggie’s Short Orders opened its doors in 1973. The building still stands today and still serves Na and Maggie’s amazing fried chicken.
Maggie and Na continued to serve their community until their deaths, in 1982 and 1983 respectively. The restaurant, however, remained a family affair. Na’s only son, Vernon “Gus” Bonner, inherited Maggie and Na’s priceless recipe and the restaurant they worked so hard to build, literally from the ground up. In 1984, Gus and his wife, Gertrude, reopened under the now well-known name, “Gus’s World Famous Hot and Spicy Fried Chicken.” Though the name may have changed, the Bonner family continued to honor Na and Ms. Maggie’s legacy by following and even perfecting their beloved fried chicken.
We believe Pie Fixes Everything. Every time.
Our mission is to provide you with wholesome, delicious nourishment for the soul that reminds you of home and happy memories. We use only the best ingredients—and lots of love—to make our pies fresh every day.
Whether you grab a slice or Cutie Pie Jar to go, order a whole pie for a celebration, or stick around for a bit and enjoy a flight of Pie Shots in our café, you’ll love your experience at The Pie Bar.
We love to cater your special occasions: weddings and bridal showers, and corporate meetings and events too.
No matter the question, we believe PIE is the answer.
Sweet Dixie means comfort food– food with southern beginnings and also some inspired imagination. Southern Street Food. Chef Kimberly Sanchez, part of the Mama’s of San Francisco family, worked, baked and managed the flagship original Mama’s location in North Beach. She and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1999. Here, she discovered her interest in kitchen management, menu development and love of Southern food. “It was the food that spoke to my soul,” says Kim.
Come experience food- the way we do in the South, as connection – we spend time together and celebrate each other with a meal. Stay local, stay happy and always eat well!