Tuscumbia, Ala. (WHNT) — The Rattlesnake Saloon restaurant has been up and running since 2009—from under a rock. Used for farming and equestrian for over a century, the property is now a tourist destination that draws visitors from all walks of life.
“I built a restaurant, I was feeding my horse riders, and next thing you know everybody was hearing about a place under the rock,” said William Foster, owner of Rattlesnake Saloon.
Also on the property is Seven Springs Lodge: a place to stay, a gift shop, and a local equestrian camp—all part of a family run business with deep roots.
“Now we get as many, if not more, people to the equestrian [camp] because of the saloon,” said Foster.
William Foster is the fourth generation family member to take on this property. His contribution to
the equestrian camp and 3,000 acres of trails was the eatery to service visiting horse lovers.
“This rock was actually my grandfather’s pigpen, so he had pigs under here, so we had this natural overcrop,” he said.
There is a hole in the top of the rock, originally drilled to feed the pigs that lived on the property. It’s now used to supply the restaurant with electricity, water, and other necessities.
“It’s unique; I honestly don’t know another place in the states like it,” Foster said.
Humans aren’t the only creatures who like to visit the aptly-named Rattlesnake Saloon. According to Foster, there are a lot of rattlesnakes on the 3,000-acre property. In fact when building the saloon, staff came across a surprise.
“On the tailgate was a pile of snakes…they ran across a den of rattlesnakes; they killed 13,” said Foster.
The skins of some of the rattlesnakes found on the property are proudly displayed on the walls.
“My dad gave me the picture frame with all the snakes on it, he said, ‘Son why don’t you put this on your saloon, and name it Rattlesnake Saloon?” Foster recalled.
There’s almost always live music being played at the restaurant. On a typical night, Foster describes the saloon as fast-paced with a big atmosphere.
“Pre-COVID-19 it was totally different, we would [have anywhere] from 800 to 1000 people here on a Saturday night,” Foster said.
Now operating at half capacity, the saloon offers a more laidback experience.
“It’s gonna be a really cool atmosphere, plenty of property to hike and do what you want. The food’s good, great staff, just a great place to come visit.”
Foster’s favorite part of owning and running the Rattlesnake Saloon is the encounters he has with his guests. He says he always takes the time to sit with them, interact, and make their experiences a personal one.
“You see and meet people from all over the world. I enjoy sitting down at the table, I enjoy talking to people.”
The Rattlesnake Saloon is open Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.