John Anthony Hobbs is a native Nashvillian. At the early age of 15, during World War II, he joined the Merchant Marines and was honorably discharged at age 18. John worked various jobs after the war and by the age of 30 he bagan Hobbs Construction Company – the first stepping stone to a very successful entrepreneurship in Nashville, TN. His four sons, John C., Joe, Ronnie and Mike have all joined hin in various aspects of the businesses he started.
Over the next several years, John A and his partners built and owned four hotels, The Country Music Wax Museum, the Cars of the Stars Museum, the Music Valley Campground, several convenience markets, and many other tourist oriented businesses and restaurants.
John A’s most prized possession was the World Famous Nashville Palace. It was located one block from John A’s Restaurant on the corner of McGavock Pike and Music Valley Drive. The Nashville Palace was a thriving entertainment center for over thirty wonderful years. It was a place where people of all walks of life entered through its doors to dine, socialize and/or to perform on stage. You might enter a stranger but you left feeling like part of the Palace family. Many Grand Ole Opry performers, movie stars, sports figures and politicians were seen nightly at the Nashville Palace.
The great tradition of the original Nashville Palace continues to live on at John A’s Restaurant. You never know who may walk through our doors. So join us, then sit back and enjoy the good friends, good food, and good times at John A’s.
Here’s just some of newcomers who who were always welcomed on the Palace stage: Lori Morgan, Randi Travis, Ricky Van Shelton, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson
Other well known entertainers who graced the Palace Stage include Boxcar Willie, Johnn Russell, Jeannie Sealy, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Counterfit, Shotgun Red, Johnn Cash, Jerry Reed, Jim Ed Brown, Roni Stoneman, Mel McDaniel, Vern Gosdin, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Little Jimmy Dickens, Roy Acuff, Dell Reeves, Hank Williams, Jr., Tom Wopat, Dottie West, Charlie Pride, George Jones, Jack Green, Jimmie C. Newman, Mel Tillis, Diane Sherrill, Rick (LD) Money and more…
Frequently spotted were Ralph Emery, Keith Bilbrey, The Smothers Brothers, Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), Sam Lovullo (HeeHaw), Billy Russell (MLB), John McNamara (MLB), George (Goober) Lindsey, Dick Clark, Troy Aikman, Doug Dickey, Al Gore, Joe Sassano (Notre Dame), Joe West (MLB umpire) and the list goes on.