Just as music from the past can stir up old memories of good times spent with friends and family, so, too, can the smells of certain foods from your favorite restaurants. Those cherished restaurants you visited after church or the after school hang-outs may be long gone, but they are not forgotten.
Back in the 1970’s you could share your passion for aviation through a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Once located two blocks from the Robins Air Force Base main entrance, the DC-7 Steakhouse was a decommissioned four-engine DC-7B Series airplane that had been repurposed as a restaurant. Owner Julian Oldham bought the four-engine plane from an Atlanta flying club after it had been grounded at Macon’s Lewis B. Wilson Airport in 1971. Oldham spent several years customizing the inside of the plane for his restaurant and upon its completion, the restaurant boasted one main dining room in the center of the plane and a smaller, more private dining area in one of the cabin’s cargo holds.
The Perry Hill Lunchroom
Perry Hill and his wife Hattie started the business in 1920 and later developed a patented secret recipe for his famed barbecue sauce that many regarded as the best in the state. The Perry Hill Lunchroom was located on Mumford Road and was well known around town for their barbeque and skins. After WWII, their son Perry Jr. “Doc”, returned home and married Miss Veora Troutman and became co-owners with Perry Jr.’s parents. Doc’s wife Veora would later become operator and owner of the Perry Hill Lunchroom in the early 1970’s after her husband fell ill and became bedbound. Veora would continue to run the restaurant well into her 80’s where she always greeted her customers with a welcoming smile, even when she was cleaning chittlins.
The Honey Bear
The Honey Bear, a down home cooking restaurant in the early 90's was owned by Dorothy Freeman, better known as Miss Dot. Many customers today would tell you "Walking in to this establishment was a throwback to the 60's." Lining the the wall of her restaurant was a sign that displayed The three B's. B nice, B good, or B gone. And, Miss Dot charged $4.79 if you wanted to share your food. However, Miss Dott always would serve patrons plenty of food so much so you didn't need to share.
The Shrimp Boat
Long gone from Macon, the Shrimp Boats were a staple for many years. The first locations were based in trailers with boat facades. They later adopted the now-distinguishing look still found in Milledgeville and a few other locations. There you can get shrimp, catfish, crab, oysters, and chicken. The Shrimp Boat had 3 Macon locations. One location was @ 778 Riverside Drive near New Street. Another Shrimp Boat restaurant was on Vineville Avenue next to Hoyt's as well as a location on Rocky Creek Road.
Grand Central Station & The Baggage Room Lounge
Grand Central Station, a 105-seat restaurant located next to J.C. Penny in the Macon Mall was constructed from an old railway car. Inside the restaurant was a bar named The Baggage Room Lounge, where old suitcases were used as the decor on high shelves around the bar. It has been said that this was the first bar in Macon where it was allowed to discard the peanut shells on the floor. The Grand Central Station restaurant was a dining adventure worth participating in, especially if your kids or family members were real train fanatics. While the menu featured some intriguing bites, it was the train car though, that drew in the customers. Even the inside of the restaurant was unique in its own right. The interior of the restaurant featured a more modern, upscale decor, which feels like you’re being transported to a delightful dinner.
posted 05/25/2018 in