at 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, 37219 United States
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A casual chef-driven Nashville eatery and bar
For nearly 125 years the Ryman has been serving up historically cool entertainment experiences for Nashvillians and visitors alike.
Cafe Lula expands the Ryman’s offerings with a menu of noteworthy Nashville-centric food and drink.
The food is fresh and flavorful.
Cafe Lula features chicken, turkey, pork and ribeye fresh from the rotisserie – carved for a sandwich or served as an entrée.
If you’re looking for a sweet treat, Cafe Lula has desserts baked fresh each day.
The location is prime.
Cafe Lula is located at the center of the Music City universe – outside the front doors of the Ryman Auditorium.
The vibe is casual and friendly.
Take a seat at the bar for a great view of the open kitchen.
Cafe Lula is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily with extended hours when there are events at the Ryman.
The cafe is named in honor of Lula C. Naff, longtime manager of the Ryman.
Lula began working with the Ryman in 1904 as a secretary for the building’s booking agency.
Lula was hugely successful and in 1920 was hired as the Ryman’s manager, a position she held until her retirement in 1955.
Lula’s business and booking savvy garnered respect and prestige for both Ryman Auditorium and the city of Nashville as a performance arts center for the region.
Known as the “first lady” of theater management, she brought the greatest performers and Broadway plays of the day to the Ryman including: Bob Hope, Charlie Chaplin, Enrico Caruso, Harry Houdini, Katharine Hepburn, Mae West, Ziegfeld Follies, “Guys and Dolls,” “Oklahoma!” and many more.
Lula also ushered the Grand Ole Opry into the Ryman in 1943 where the show resided until 1974.
Under Lula’s leadership, the Ryman became a showplace for great diversity, a tradition that continues today.
“For decades Lula C. Naff brought the world to Nashville through the stage door of the Ryman,” said Ryman Auditorium General Manager Sally Williams.