Georgia Restaurant History Project

Preserving Our Legacy

The Georgia Restaurant History Project, in collaboration with Georgia State University’s hospitality program, aims to preserve and maintain the legacy of Georgia’s restaurant industry. This is a project of the GRA History Committee, spearheaded by Jim Squire and Debby Cannon.
Since Georgia was established in 1732, restaurants have shaped our culture and history. And now, as the state's second largest private sector employer, they shape our future. However, to date, there is no formal written history of our industry. From Savannah to Atlanta, we need your help establishing an in-depth timeline and archive. 

If you have any memorabilia, old menus, articles, awards, programs or restaurant advertisements and would like to share them with the Georgia Restaurant History Project, please contact or call 404-467-9000.

“Herren’s Restaurant (which was located at 84 Luckie Street) opened in 1934 by prizefighter Charlie ‘Red’ Herren. In 1939, Guido Negri family bought the restaurant and the business stayed in the Negri family until Herren’s closed in 1987. The date of this photo is 1956.  Herren’s is noted for being downtown Atlanta’s first restaurant to voluntarily desegregate which it did in 1962.”


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