From Post staff reports
"I just couldn’t stop thinking about the place,” said Edie Oates explaining why she has agreed to return in a management role to Lebanon’s Snow White Drive-In restaurant.
She and owner Anthony Leath are bonding on a joint mission to turn back the pages of time and to return this once prominent Lebanon night spot to its renowned place of glory for those who still have a craving for its ice cream sundaes, milk shakes, hamburgers, barbecue and the like.
“I guess it’s just in my blood,” said Oates, declaring her affinity to try and recapture days gone by.
She and Leath are convinced it can happen.
“I think only Edie can make this happen. She was here for many years and was a principle reason for the Snow White gaining the popularity it did,” Leath said.
Now, he adds, “she finally has the opportunity to step in and restore this Lebanon landmark back to the height of its quality and popularity.”
The former operator of the Snow White noted that she is assembling many of her old crew members and all of her favorite recipes that were crowd pleasers when she operated the restaurant and are “sure to be once again.”
She plans to return menu items like hickory smoked barbecue, turkey and dressing, fried chicken and homemade banana pudding. Milkshakes, burgers and foot long chili dogs will also be on the traditional menu and available for car hops to bring directly to patrons’ car windows if they so choose.
The family friendly drive-in restaurant is a piece of Wilson County history that dates back to chrome reverse wheels, Hurst stick shifts, muscle cars and all the trimmings.
“Edie’s return will definitely be felt. Her presence will surely turn the hands of time back several decades,” Leath said.
She is to return to the Snow White on Monday, Aug. 31.