Waverly’s Hole in the Wall Diner Offers Local Flavor
Editor’s note (Aug. 16, 2017): Since the publication of this story, Brandy Browning sold Hole in the Wall diner to Angela Khan-Norton, but the menu remains the same. However, please note that the hours of operation have changed; see info box below, and as always, please call ahead before traveling long distances.
The Dish on Hole in the Wall
Location: 109 W. Main St., Waverly, TN 37185
Phone: (931) 299-7320
Hours [Updated]: Open Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Hometown pride is evident when speaking to Brandy Browning, owner of Hole in the Wall diner in Waverly.
Living up to its name and easy to miss, Hole in the Wall is a tall, narrow building sandwiched between other businesses on the court square. “Out-of-towners often call looking for us, so we’ll go stand on the sidewalk and wave so they can find us,” Browning says.
Hole in the Wall is known for its unique dining experience in Waverly, located about 75 miles west of Nashville in Humphreys County. Nearly everything on the menu is made fresh in house every day, including bread, hand-cut fries and fry chips, Tennessee-raised beef and pork, homemade barbecue sauce, and made-from-scratch doughnuts. Its most popular items are burgers and brisket, the latter of which is trimmed, seasoned and smoked on-site daily. You can buy both brisket and smoked pork by the pound or as plate lunches with sides.
The diner features a laid-back and friendly feel. An open kitchen allows guests to see their food being prepared, and the regulars often talk to the cook after ordering their food. “The music is whatever comes across the iPod that day. It could be anything from Jason Aldean to Rhianna,” Browning says.
A covered deck on the back of the building lets customers eat outside. In true, small-town spirit, the diner has many regulars, ranging from Girl Scouts to coffee drinkers and all ages in between.
Browning has been a part of Hole in the Wall since it opened in March 2014. She served as hostess, cook and any other role she needed to fill. The original owners, Thomas and Kim Scurlock, offered to sell the diner to Browning in the fall of 2016. She and her husband, Danny, took over in November, and she continues to fill in any roles necessary to keep her business going.
In 2016, Hole in the Wall was voted 7th best small diner in Tennessee by myownstate.com with five of the top six being in much larger cities such as Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga.
Born and raised in Waverly, which has about 4,000 residents, Browning says she’s never wanted to leave. For her, it’s more than just a small town. She is quick to credit her hometown with the success of the diner. The restaurant is active in the community and participates in events with other local business. They also offer a scholarship each year to a graduating senior.
“I want people to really enjoy their time here and have a good experience,” Browning says. “I want something that will be here forever, and I want my kids to see that they can do anything.”