The third and by far swankiest installment of the great soul singer’s namesake restaurants closed up shop last month in Johns Creek. Knight and her son, Shanga Hankerson, opened this branch with a stage for live entertainment, an outdoor patio and seating for 120. The Lithonia and downtown locations are still going strong.
The last time I went to the downtown restaurant (called Gladys Knight and Ron Winans Chicken & Waffles) was with a friend who had tried Watershed’s fried chicken on my recommendation and found it too salty and greasy. So she took me to Gladys and Ron’s for a “Midnight Train” plate of four crispy-fried wings and a waffle. I liked it a lot but still give props to Watershed.
I also liked the heavily seasoned collard greens, fried corn and green beans at Gladys and Ron’s.