Franklin bakery stays open during harsh winter weather

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Merridee’s Breadbasket in downtown Franklin remained open Tuesday while most other businesses in Middle Tennessee were closed in light of icy road conditions.

Known for its baked goods and chicken salad, the popular eatery has been open since 1981.

Merridee’s owner and Pennsylvania native Jim Kreider said, “I love the snow. It’s part of the reason we’re open today.”

Kreider said his northern roots make him less intimidated by the weather. He was happy to see Franklin in snow and stay open to the public.

General Manager Patricia Starling echoed Kreider’s sentiments.

“On a nice icy day, what better way to spend, than with your family, just sitting around and having a hot cup of coffee, enjoying some good food,” she said, adding, “We have a full house, so we’re just excited to be here and excited to see people out and about.”

Merridee’s Breadbasket

Customers were happy the restaurant remained open, giving them a place to eat should they be out and about amid the wintry weather.

“The desserts are some of the best you’ll find,” said Richard Penney.

He and his wife Donna eat at Merridee’s three or four times a week.

To read more about Merridee’s, click here to visit their website.

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