They quit roastin’.
Maybe it was because Reuben James died or because Marianne Gordon, Kenny’s ex, owned a chunk of it or maybe due to somethin’ else – I dunno.
The first two stores were here in Athens… one on Atlanta Highway and the other on Gaines School Road on the Eastside. The Eastside one closed first, then the Westside one not long after that. I haven’t seen one anywhere in a goodly while.
I’ll never forget the little old country lady in a thrift store who very deliberately told me that his name was actually Kenny Roger and that the restaurant should be "spelt" "Kenny Roger’s Roasters." I reckon that’s ’cause it was "hi’s" – don’t’ye s’pose.
Abruptly, Ort. Carlton in Smiling Athens, Georgia.