In the 1920s, restaurants that served food out of trolley cars were referred to as, pie wagons.
In 1922, two brothers, Hudson and Dan Coombs, established the first permanent location of The Pie Wagon (originally named The Majestic Cafe). At that time the restaurant was a trolley car that sat behind what is now the Frist Center and Union Station Hotel. The brothers served short-order, Southern food 24 hours a day.
Around 1965, The Pie Wagon moved to a location on 12th and McGavock Street. Although the restaurant no longer resided in a trolley car, people continued to refer to it as The Pie Wagon, and, over time, the original name was lost. In 2002, The Pie Wagon moved to its current location at 1302 Division Street where it occupies the former office space of country music legend Faron Young. His recording studios located in the same building are still in use today.
The restaurant has seen only four owners over its 90 year history. David Biggs purchased the restaurant in 2011. He is not new to the locals having owned Macks Cafe (founded in 1920) and the Diamond in the Ruff restaurant.
The Pie Wagon has been a staple of Music Row for many years and it has even been nicknamed “The Music Row Commissary”. It is famous in Nashville for the HOT AND SPICY Chicken and southern Fried Catfish. Both are cooked the old fashioned way, in large cast iron skillets.
The Pie Wagon has been written up internationally and featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Life Magazine as well as many other well-known publications. The Pie Wagon has also been featured on CNN as the best restaurant in Nashville for Southern food.The tradition continues today in serving true Southern Style cuisine while also offering grilled sandwiches and salads.