(East Nashville, TN)--Your humble reporter, as 10:30 p.m. local time approaches, is staring at a stupendous sight: a line of men, women, and children (and more than a few dogs) snaking far beyond what's seen in the photo above, which was snapped just after doors opened this evening for a free ice cream social at 1892 Eastland Avenue.
The good people of Nashville (and a few as far away as 90 minutes from the new shop's doors), began forming the line at 7 at the site of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams' first scoop shop outside Ohio state lines. It's 9:40 or so now and the line isn't exactly dwindling.
"It's totally worth the wait!", "This is like an ice cream version of Bonnaroo!", and "I can't believe this!" have been only a few of the choice comments overheard in the queue, which a few moments ago included a cameraman from one of the local TV news teams.
Jeni Britton Bauer, who's been shaking hands and saying hellos, said, "This is just surreal. What's really been cool is meeting so many people who live in Nashville who used to live in Ohio. I've met a lot of people who've been telling all their friends about us for years and now they're all in line. It's so great. I can't believe it."
Thanks to everyone from Nashville and beyond for spending tonight with Jeni and the staff. And thanks a million to the great East Nashville neigborhood for the warm welcome. What a fantastic day (and night) it's been. Oh, and doors open at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. (or whenever the line dies down) tomorrow!