Meat-and-three lovers, rejoice! Bobby & June's, the venerable Southern food cabin on 14th Street, will not be closing after all.
"Dad actually decided this morning," said Bobby Jr., taking a moment to answer the phone during the Thursday lunch rush. "We've gotten such a good response from all over after people heard we'd be closing. Folks came from as far away as Flowery Branch."
On Wednesday, several CL staffers stopped by Bobby & June's and saw what he meant about the crowds. As usual, Bobby Crowe greeted customers at the door, but we had to wait a few minutes before a table came open in what I call the "golf room" because of the golf balls and photos displayed on the walls.
Bobby was telling people about how the year-long DOT construction on the nearby 14th Street bridge had cut the restaurant off from its Midtown clientele.
As the AJC reported last week, Crowe had reluctantly decided to pack it in after 30 years because business hadn't recovered after the bridge was reopened at the end of last year. But, according to Bobby Jr., when word got out about the landmark's imminent demise, folks began beating a path to the restaurant's door.
As a meat-and-three aficionado and a longtime Bobby & June's customer, I reacted to news of its closing with alarm. Not because it serves the best Southern food around or even on the Westside but it's decent enough that I can say I've never had a lousy meal there. And certainly, there are places like Watershed, JCT Kitchen and Miller Union that are producing adventurous and delicious interpretations of traditional Southern cuisine.
But if you want the total time-capsule package country-style meat and veggies with cornbread or biscuit served in an old-school setting by women wearing white waitress outfits and rocking beehives then Bobby & June's is the genuine article.
Atlanta only has a handful of these places left: the Silver Skillet a few blocks up 14th Street, Mary Mac's, Harold's Barbeque, the Colonnade and a few others. Please help these establishments survive. We'll all miss them when they're gone.
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