The location in Gainesville still does better than good business. Every so often, you will see the parking lot full of cars and, just every now and then, a line out the door. It may have to do with the Big Lots across the parking lot, but this place is rarely sleepy.
My father used to take the family to this very location once a week when I was in high school and I hated it, not for any real dislike of the food but more for being forced to eat there by my intensely UNCOOL parents. I do miss being served iced tea from a mason jar.
The Windy Hill location started out as a... some kind of French-named restaurant, as I recall. It was built like a farmhouse, which is why it resembled a barn. I guess it didn't do so well. Used to eat there all the time with parents, etc. For some reason I was fond of their steak sandwich. They bought out the superior Black Eyed Peas, converted them all into Folks, and nearly went bankrupt. Serves 'em right.
I think that's how you used to be able to tell the restaurants apart - the red brick buildings had been Black Eyed Peas, and the other ones had been Po Folks. Seems that the red brick buildings are the ones that the chain closed, but I can't swear to it.The one that used to be on Holcomb Bridge Rd. (former Black Eyed Peas) was later a locally-owned seafood place called The Lobster Trap, but it's shuttered, too. (Opening an untried restaurant and calling it that when it's within sight of a Red Lobster seems like a recipe for failure.)
Po Folks got as far as Savannah in the 80's, opening a restaurant on the west side of Abercorn Street just south of DeRenne. They lasted three or four years, done in more by the horrible traffic than by bad food.
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Hi! There was a Po Folks in Pensacola, FL when I was in high school in the mid 90s. I was surprised to find when I came to GA for college that they where everywhere. The location back home closed.
Interesting! I did not know that Po Folks ever got that far. Thank you for sharing!
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