Wow, is that still there? I remember going there in the mid 80’s when I lived down there. If memory serves me correctly it was near 22nd Ave. I do remember the sides being very good. Don’t remember much about the entree’s though. I remember making a meal of the sides many times. And that was rare for me. Especially at a restaurant. Never cared for restaurant vegees.
Never ate there. It’s reputation preceeded it. Much like CB, now. Only ate there under duress of family members.
Here in NC the passing of the brand into oblivion was greeted with a sigh of relief and a general question of "Wonder if ther next occupant of the store will have decent food, good food, and competent management?"
Worst run franchise ever…well maybe Kenny Roger’s was worse but not by much.
Be sure and call that location off their website…i have found two locations that are on their website that are no longer in business…I have tried to email me but they have not responded.
I used to love Po Folks, their to go chicken dinners, complete with Sweet Tea, were a staple of Saturday night dining in my family throughout the 80s & early 90s.
Towards the end of Po Folks’ run in St. Louis, they got rid of many of my favorite things about the resturant. They got rid of all the vintage stuff off the walls, and they stopped serving Nehi & RC from bottles in barrels at the front of the store.
Po Folks was like Cracker Barrel, but they had much better food. You can’t even get fried chicken at a Cracker Barrel…They still have a website at Pofolks.com, which lists their few remaining resturants, which are mostly in Florida. I plan on going to Tampa next month, so I will be sure to hit the one in St. Pete on my visit.
Sad to say, the E-town location is no more; it is now a Mexican restaurant.
I’ll be looking forward to your update on the E’Town location!!!!!!
I used to love going to the four that were around Louisville, especially Clarksville. When I worked 2nd shift at Wal-Mart, I used to go there for supper all the time. I usually got their chicken and dumplings.
As I’ll be going thru E-town on Saturday, I’ll see if I can stop by and see what that location’s status is.
I think the Clarksville store closed because it started attracting a certain clientele that drove other customers away. As someone that went there for years regular, I think I can vouch for the reason.
I just moved back to NJ from Southern CA…………I used to stop once in a while at the Po Folks in Buena Park….It was next to the wax museum , and right down the street from Knotts Berry Farm….I would feel like a tourist for a day…..
I knew it was the last of a dying breed, so I think that added to the thrill for me…….
For around $5.00, they had a big bucket of fried chicken, which was usually real decent……….
It’s got the miniature train that keeps traveling around overhead. And the few times I dined inside there, at least I always got a friendly waitress….
The sad truth is that Po’ Folks was ruined by poor planning, especially with they started franchising. Many of the franchisees were bandwagon jumpers, thinking it was a hot commodity, but a lot of those had no prior restaurant management experience. In my city the 3 locations might as well have been different entities–no consistency at all unless you count them all usually at the bottom of the monthly newspaper health ratings.
One of Po Folks founders recently tried starting up a new restaurant concept here in Nashville called Rooster’s. It lasted about 2 months. He put more money remodelling an old Shoney’s than he spent on preparing good food. Actually, the food wasn’t bad but they tried to push the "concept" so hard that it was annoying. Plus their cornbread sucked. That can’t be good for a country cooking restaurant.
They lost me when I ordered something call "Po Taters" expecting some good old fried potatoes like mom used to make. Turned out to be french fries. Yuk.
I think I am sorry but most of the Po Folks folded. They were in Knoxville and went beely up. I have noticed in other locations the same happened. I am not sure but it may be because all they served was fried food?? Personally I enjoyed what they had when I ate there. Perhaps their leadership took them under?? I do not know??
Paul E. Smith
Isn’t this the chain that Burt Reynolds was part owner of?
Oh gosh, I had to snicker at this one. Two years ago, my family went to Florida for Christmas, and we drove by a Po Folks restaurant. I didn’t realize that the restaurant’s name was meant to sound like southern speech, and looking at the red and white exterior of the restaurant, assumed it to be a PO-lish restaurant, which I thought was interesting to see. My mother still laughs at that…
We didn’t try it, as my little cousin wanted to try Long John Silver’s. I may now go there one day.
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