“He never met a stranger.”
That’s how Robbie Carver describes his dad, Robert, of Carver’s Country Kitchen. Robert Carver passed away recently after a battle with pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed last December.
Most people remember Robert smiling and joking at the cash register each day at this homey meat-and-three. Robbie laughs, “He couldn’t cook a lick.” Those duties were left in the hands of Robert’s wife, Sharon. Yet, Robert didn’t completely escape kitchen responsibilities. His jobs included cleaning collards, peeling potatoes, prepping rutabagas and making the iced tea.
According to his son, Robert was an entrepreneur all of his life. When he moved to Atlanta from his native Douglas, Georgia in 1979, he started a small grocery store here, which became a restaurant in 1990. Somewhere along the way, Carver’s Country Kitchen gained icon status as throngs of people jostled for parking spots just to grab a helping of