1970 photo--Tanner's briefly closed for renovations under new ownership
Sidewall sign of the remaining Tanner's north of downtown
As far as institutions in downtown Charlotte go, Tanner's Snack Bar is at the top of the list. Tanner's was an unassuming eatery frequented by all types of downtown workers (from construction workers to bank officers). With several locations in downtown Charlotte, Tanner's became popular for their footlong hot dogs and cream cheese sandwiches. The hot dogs were served with chili, mustards, and onions, and the cream cheese sandwiches were served with everything from olives to pineapples and came on raisin toast. Tanner's was most famous for their hot-shelled peanuts which accompanied every sandwich (served in little wax paper bags) and their fresh-squeezed orange juice (you could watch from the outside window as they squeezed the juice). Tanner's was at their peak downtown from the 1940's through the 1970's (all downtown locations closed in the early-80's). In the mid-90's, a new Tanner's popped up on North Tryon (north of downtown- near 36th St). About six years ago, another location opened on Old Pineville Rd near Woodlawn (since closed).