Talavera De La Reina Dinner Club

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Date: After 1970 to after 1990
Location: Cumberland County (Mayland/Crossville) Tennesseemap
Surnames/tags: Cumberland Tennessee Restaurant
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When Amy Ovie Garrett was born on June 19, 1914, her father, James, was 28, and her mother, Flossie, was 21. She had one daughter (Irene) with Arrie (Ira) Bunyon Bowers in 1931. Amy Ovie Garrett married Daniel H. Brissler in Los Angeles, California, on July 7, 1937, when she was 23 years old. She died on July 29, 2009, in Harris, Texas, at the age of 95, and was buried in Mayland, Tennessee.

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Garrett-6741 Hollywood lives about 12 miles outside Crossville. Actually, the Hollywood that died years ago lives there. You'll find it down a gravel road off Highway 70, in a gourmet supper club called the Talavera de la Reina, "Tavern of the Queen." There a former costume designer to the stars named Amy Brissler tends Tinseltown's flame, keeping it ethereal glamour frozen in time. The Talavera blends with the Cumberland Plateau the way Tabasco stirs into cream. My Aunt Amy has festooned her club with Spanish decor, cloaking its walls in her sketches of extravagant costumes and her oil paintings of the stars; in one a youthful Mae West-stark-naked perches on a swing. Here Amy regales her quests, sating their appetites for sirloin and lore. "Let me give you the best meal you ever had, " she says with every gesture. "Let me tell you a story about Clark Gable. "Let me make you happy." My Aunt designed and made movie and TV costumes for 43 years, and Hollywood filled her pneumatic frame with a thousand and one tales. She's a seventyish Scheherazade with a whooping laugh, and when the stories come spinning from her memory-a nightly performance at the club-you can see her inner fires ignite.

Amy also had a book written right before she died. COSTUME DESIGNER FOR THE STARS https://books.google.com/books/about/Costume_Designer_for_the_Stars.html?id=C1IDswEACAAJ

It closed in the late 90s.

Amy's Gravestone





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My dad's sister Amy Garrett Brissler built her own Dinner Club early in the 70s in Cumberland County TN located on Jim Garrett Rd in Mayland. I have in my possession few of her photos and newspaper articles.

My goal is to invite those who have visited her dinner club and post photos.

posted by Martha Garrett