Photo collage by Amy Evans Streeter
We've just learned that Wilson's Soul Food in Athens, Georgia, has closed its doors after more than 30 years in business. From Online Athens:
“It’s the economy, the overhead is too high, and (the work) is just wearing me out,” said Angelish Wilson, who has been running the business with her brother, Homer Wilson, since 1998.
Angelish and Homer's father, M. C. Wilson, opened the restaurant in 1981. He opened it next to Wilson's Styling Shop, a business he started in 1954, after retiring from the railroad.
Wilson's Soul Food devotees will miss the crispy fried chicken, fresh vegetables, and Angelish's famous pies--and, of course, Angelish and her staff, who were loved by all.
For more on the Wilson family and Wilson's Soul Food, visit our oral history project Athens Eats.