Tag Archives: South Georgia Restaurants

BJ’s Bar-B-Que, Jesup

As with most good barbeque spots, BJ’s Original Hog Wild Bar-B-Que in Jesup is a bit ragged around the edges, but don’t let the looks fool you.

For nearly 30 years, BJ’s has been doing barbeque right in Jesup. Pulled (they call it chopped) pork with a tangy mustard sauce is the highlight of their menu for me. I personally hate sweet sauce on meat. Their baked beans, which I recommend, are a bit sweet but full of pieces of pork. Brisket, chicken, and Brunswick stew are also available. The only thing I don’t care for here is the slaw, which is just too sweet. But the pork is so tender and the sauce so good, the slaw isn’t that big of a deal for me.

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Eden Roc Motel & Restaurant, 1958, Wayne County

Located five miles south of Jesup on US 301, the Eden Roc was a motel and restaurant owned and operated by Bill and Lila O’Leary. Thanks to Sandra Crawn for the identification; she notes that it was “a landmark indeed”.

The swimming pool (the outline of which is visible in the first photograph) as seen on a postcard from 1958, the year the motel was built.

Many such properties were located on US 301 near Jesup when it was a major north-south artery to Florida. Most thrived until the late 1960s when the construction of I-95 made them obsolete.

The original signage was larger and had a horizontal orientation. This one was probably added toward the later years of its operation.

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Norman Park Cafe

In many South Georgia towns, historic storefronts are finding new life as restaurants. Jim Howard writes: This building was built as a bank. When the bank failed the property was purchased by my mother and stepfather. Hazel & Frank Griffin. And they started the cafe. The Suwannee store was on the other end of the block. In between was the picture show, Sat. Mon & Wed nites

 

 

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Pope House-Lankford Manor, 1892, Tifton

Built for the Pope family in 1892, this was converted to a boarding house and restaurant in 1934 by the Lankford family. Pre-interstate, when US41 was a main north-south route to Florida, it was one of the busiest tourist sites in Tifton and known statewide, even nationally. After the boarding house ceased operation, the popular restaurant remained a Tifton landmark for many years.

Tifton Residential Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Billy’s Restaurant, Tifton

Several restaurants have been located here over the years. The old Billy’s Restaurant sign appears to date to the 1950s or thereabouts. It was most recently Hawk-Eye Bar-B-Que.

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Alapaha Restaurant

alapaha restaurant berrien county ga photogrpah copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

I think this has been home to several restaurants over the years.

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Relocation of the Paradise Restaurant Sign, Cooperville

Paradise Restaurant Sign US 301 Cooperville GA Removal Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Like many other photographers and travelers on US 301, I’ve shot the iconic Paradise Restaurant sign numerous times over the years. It’s a landmark that most who have ever driven past remember. By researching postcards of the restaurant I’ve discovered that a smaller sign preceded this one and was still in use until at least the early 1960s. I’m not sure when this sign was placed, but my guess would be sometime in the 1960s. A comment from Jerry Levy on a previous post about the sign indicates that the restaurant was open as late as 1982.

Paradise Restaurant Sign US 301 Cooperville GA Removal to New Location Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I recently got a message from Melissa Birmingham stating that the sign would be removed and relocated to the business that she and her husband Greg operate across the highway, the Cooperville Caboose restaurant. I was sad to hear that it would be removed but less so after talking to Melissa. She invited me to come up and document the removal of the sign.

Paradise Restaurant Sign Removal Cooperville GA Photgraph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Dollar General bought the property on the corner that includes the historic sign and their plans were to scrap it. Melissa and Greg knew that the loss of the sign would be a blow to the community and saving it isn’t a publicity stunt. It’s where preservation and community involvement come together for good results.  The Sylvania Telephone (newspaper) and Screven County Chamber of Commerce were present to witness the event.

Paradise Restaurant Sign Cooperville GA Across the Highway Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Greg made getting the sign across US 301 look easy.

Paradise Restaurant Sign Relocation Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

It made its way through the trees behind the post office.

Greg Melissa Birmingham Saving the Cooperville GA Paradise Restaurant Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Melissa & Greg took a break and posed for a photo.

Bringing the Paradise Restaurant Sign Through Fuel America Parking Lot Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

One of my favorite shots was seeing it pass through the parking lot of Fuel America.

Paradise Restaurant Sign at New Location Cooperville Caboose Restaurant Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

This is where it will rest until it’s refurbished and raised at the Birmingham’s business, Cooperville Caboose.

Securing the Paradise Restaurant Sign at Cooperville Caboose Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The sign is hollow and rusty so lowering it was a bit tricky.

Lowering the Paradise Restaurant Sign Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

With help from volunteers and well-wishers, the move was successful.

Inspecting the Spinning Top of the Paradise Restaurant Sign Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The spinning star that tops the sign actually turns.

Paradise Restaurant Sign Moving Volunteers Cooperville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

It looks like the volunteers enjoyed the day, as did I. Melissa sent me packing with great barbecue and slaw. Please stop by and say hello the next time you’re passing through. Check out their Facebook page for hours, menus, and progress on the sign’s restoration.  https://www.facebook.com/Cooperville-Caboose-871869876254111/?fref=ts

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Paradise Restaurant & Sign, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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