Waitress Carolyn Graham holds a plate of fried chicken, greens and cheese- covered broccoli and another plate of bread at Bobby and June’s Kountry Kitchen in Midtown in 1999. / AJC file photo
It was a remnant of the rural South, smack dab in the middle of Midtown.
Bobby and June’s Kountry Kitchen served up breakfast, meat-and-three and barbecue out of a faux country cabin at 375 14th St. NW in Midtown starting in 1979.
Couple Bobby and June Crowe owned and operated the restaurant (he also worked as host, she as cashier) until they decided to close up shop in November 2010. The closing actually came several months after the announced closing date in April of the same year — so many customers came out to support the restaurant that the decision was made to stay open for a few more months.
“There is no better place around for a meat-and-three lunch than Bobby and June’s on 14th Street,” reader Sandra Arthur told the AJC in 2007. “It is an unspoken rule in our office that anytime you need a Southern vegetable fix or some wonderful Brunswick stew and sweet tea that a trip to Bobby and June’s is in order. Fried chicken; real Southern, made- from-scratch chicken and dumplings; speckled butter beans; crowder peas; or field peas served up with some crispy corn muffins and an unlimited supply of sweet tea . . . you can’t beat it.”
Take a look back at Bobby and June’s Kountry Kitchen below, and leave your memories of the restaurant in the comments.
Harold Marshall, left, and William Christian, worked at the restaurant for more than 25 years before it closed in 2010. “I’m going fishing,” Christian said after the restaurant announced it was closing. / AJC file photo
A sign posted at the entrance to the restaurant in 2010 told customers about the closure. / AJC file photo
Judy Shelnutt, daughter of Bobby and June Crowe, worked for the restaurant for 25 years. / AJC file photo
Bobby Crowe and long-time customer Danny Wood chat by the entrance of his restaurant in 2010. Wood said he would miss “hearing Bobby getting the tables clean out, his voice is so dominant.” / AJC file photo
Bobby and June’s Kountry Kitchen showed off Southern decor and memorabilia. / AJC file photo
Bottles of Coke kept above the counter were from customers through the years, according to Judy Shelnutt, daughter of Bobby and June Crowe. / AJC file photo
The line stretched out the door Thursday at Bobby and June’s Country Kitchen in Midtown in 2010. / AJC file photos
The pork plate with green beans and northern beans at Bobby and June’s Kountry Kitchen in 2006. / AJC file photo
AJC food writer Bob Townsend contributed to this report.
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