It is now official: Johns Creek is the epicenter for restaurants that doting sons open in homage to their famous show-business mothers.
We have already reported on Weezy’s Movin’ on Up Cafe Jazz & BBQ opened by Isabel Sanford’s son, Sanford Sanford.
Ms. Sanford, you may recall, played Louise “Weezy” Jefferson, who moved on up to the East Side in “The Jeffersons” — one of the classic Norman Lear sitcoms that took a prism to issues of race, class and politics.
So why do we have a picture of Gladys Knight? Because the great soul singer and her loving son, Shanga Hankerson, have decided to open the third local branch of their chicken and waffles restaurant (another is in Washington, D.C.) just 4 miles up the road.
This one promises to be the swankiest yet. Called Gladys Knight Chicken and Waffles Bistro, it will seat 120 and have a stage for live entertainment as well as an outdoor patio.
Look for all the favorites of the Midtown menu, including both smothered and fried chicken, candied yams, macaroni and cheese and fried green tomatoes. I can never not order the “Midnight Train” plate of four chicken wings and a waffle. When in Rome…
The new restaurant will be located at at 3495 Peachtree Parkway.
As a child of the 1970s, I was not only a devoted fan of “The Jeffersons,” but also recall the incredibly short-lived “Gladys Knight & the Pips Show” — a musical/variety program. (Anyone else?) Both shows debuted in 1975.