It was a dream place: small, tucked away, with terrific handmade food and courtly, polite service. It's the kind of place you hope you discover, and if you do, you'll vow to eat there every day.
Hap's was in the Humphreys Street spot where Gabby's Burgers is now — another just-big-enough operation with a great vibe, excellent food and terrific service. And what's happened is that Gabby's owner Doug Havron has become the historian of Hap Townes.
Veteran Nashville journalist Tim Ghianni talked to Havron and to the 89-year-old Hap for this feature in Nashville Ledger. If you've always wondered what the Hap hype was about, or what it would be like to be the accidental historian of a place with a long and storied past, give it a read.