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 began Hobbs Construction Company – the first stepping stone to a very successful entrepreneurship in Nashville, TN. Since first starting Hobbs construction John A's four sons, John C., Joe, Ronnie and Mike have all joined him in various aspects of businesses and still keep the family businesses running to this day.
Over the next few 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.
One of those restaurants is now known as John A's Little Palace. After helping to create the world famous Nashville Palace John decided it was time to have his own "Little Palace" and that's where John A's got it's start. He wanted an establishment that would carry on the great tradition of the Nashville Palace all while making guests feel like they are a part of something intimate and special.
So today 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