Top 5 Missing From Macon - Part 4
Have you ever driven past a vacant building and wondered “What did that used to be?” Or if you have not visited Macon in a while and you wonder what happened to that icon you remember? Well our gatekeepers have a list for that! Here are a few things missing in Macon that might answer that question. Please let us know some of the places, things or icons you remember in Macon that have vanished over time.
1. showbiz pizza place
Located across the street from the Macon Mall in what is now the Olive Garden, Showbiz Pizza entertained guests through a large selection of arcade games, coin-operated rides, and animatronic stage shows featuring an overall-clad, hillbilly bear named Billy Bob as a way to provide a complete package of food and entertainment.
If you liked your restaurant prices low and the atmosphere family-friendly, you surely had a place in your stomach for PoFolks. Named after a 1961 hit single by country music singer Bill Anderson, the humbled roots of the original PoFolks began in 1975 in Anderson, S.C. But PoFolks’ growing popularity and high demand prompted the Krystal Co. to buy PoFolks and take the franchise nationally. A typical guest check would calculate to about $4 a person and prices ranged from .99 cents to $6.99.
3. zack's famous frozen yogurt
You could smell that waffle-cone smell as soon as you walk in the door. With a tagline stating “We may not be famous, but we are the original," Zack's was a popular eat-in frozen yogurt shop that boasted at least six flavors a day. Sure to satisfy every sweet tooth, Zack’s frozen yogurt was made exclusively with their own custom blend of flavors that you couldn’t’ find anywhere else.
4. godfather's pizza
Following the 1973 movie release of The Godfather, Godfather’s Pizza was founded. The Godfather character was developed to be the enforcer of the company’s great pizza pie. Godfather’s Pizza served Macon a wide variety of pizzas, breadsticks, chips, cookies, and pastas, and even had an expansive salad bar and buffet. They offered four different types of crust: Original, Golden, Mozza-Loaded, and Thin.
5. shows to go
The war between VHS and BetaMax was in full swing in the 1980’s and Shows to Go was the original video store that brought the video rental business to Macon in 1983. Now a relic of the past, Shows to go was located in a small cabin-like shack on Forsyth Road. Shows to Go offered character and uniqueness of the small, independently owned video stores. After 15 years in business, Shows to Go closed their last store in 1998.