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Athens landmark Weaver D’s to close

Dexter Weaver of Weaver D's

Dexter Weaver of Weaver D's

Dexter Weaver (left) has announced his intention to close Weaver D’s – the Athens soul food mainstay that he opened in 1986 and has since become a strand of that city’s DNA. He expects to close the restaurant sometime in late November.

Weaver’s trademark expression, “Automatic for the People,” was memorably appropriated by Athens-based band R.E.M. for its classic rock album.

The Southern Foodways Alliance has a lovely tribute to the man and the restaurant here.

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ATLDAWG27

November 5th, 2013
12:35 pm

Thinking about the fried pork chops, mac n cheese, and cornbread takes me back to college (and makes my mouth water) . Its a shame to hear this.

Ben

November 5th, 2013
12:54 pm

Oh man. Sad to hear this.

Someone needs to buy that sign and put it in an Athens museum.

Thanks Weaver! You saved my life on a Sunday more than once in college.

Robert

November 5th, 2013
1:40 pm

Sad. What the hell are kids in Athens eating these days?

I used to hit up Weavers at least once per week. Some of the best damn fried chicken I’ve ever had. Paired with squash casserole and collards and you had yourself an A+ lunch.

FoodLover

November 5th, 2013
2:17 pm

I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never heard of this restaurant, but I don’t get out to Athens much. Might have to get out there and eat some Weaver D’s before they close!!

The Thin Guy

November 5th, 2013
2:22 pm

The greater tragedy is the Spring Street Arby’s in midtown Atlnata is closed.

xxx

November 5th, 2013
2:30 pm

Forget the resturant, joints like this are a dime a dozen. Is the vest with no shirt look back?

Edward

November 5th, 2013
2:38 pm

A really fine landmark restaurant, sad to see it go.

lizbot

November 5th, 2013
2:47 pm

The food was good but both times I went he was quite surly. I let it slide though.

Eternal Student

November 5th, 2013
3:13 pm

Ben, ditto

Weaver, how’s the mac & cheese today?

“It’s the bomb!”

And it always was (along with everything else). Man this is sad news.

Baltisraul......

November 5th, 2013
3:21 pm

xxx……we will try to remember your comment if you ever open one of these joints. What a Marooon!!

LeashedDragon

November 5th, 2013
3:27 pm

berry steve

November 5th, 2013
3:32 pm

@xxx….the vest with no shirt may not be back but the head with no brain must be popular in your house. This was a good place and most who tried it will miss it. That is a nice long run for a family business in the food industry. Good luck Mr Weaver.

Ned Ludd

November 5th, 2013
3:44 pm

No—McApplefridaybees are a dime a dozen. Jeez xxx (If that really is your real name)–if that were true, sure would like to know where the other eleven of these are! This is a unique establishment run by a man who truly loves people and soul food. Too many restaurants try to give the people what they want to sell! True key to any establishment is indeed ‘giving the people what they want’! Best to you Mr. Weaver.

PBBoogie

November 5th, 2013
3:53 pm

As an Athens resident, I can tell you the place has been slipping for years. He was becoming more unappreciative of customers and charging more money than other soul food joints in town that are just as good, if not better. Anytime a restaurant develops the attitude that you should be privileged to eat there (instead of the other way around), they will fail. His arrogance and inability to change alienated customers and failed to bring in new business. If you are looking for a good soul food fix in Athens, go to Food for the Soul on Broad St. across from Red Lobster.

Ah, man!

November 5th, 2013
4:24 pm

“COMMUNICATION.”

xxx

November 5th, 2013
4:59 pm

As much as you all seem to be fond of this place,there are places like this everywhere- Food Network even created a show about them- Diners, Drive -ins and Dives and they find 3 every week and the locals all claim the same thing as this group about their places. This one is simply no different. .

Billy

November 5th, 2013
5:14 pm

LOL, I’m 51, a life long Georgian, and I had never been to Athens before late 2006. The only things I know about it are 78, the loop road, and 441. Sorry to hear about the closing of a landmark…

Vance Doodley

November 5th, 2013
5:14 pm

Ate there once, nothing memorable. Not bad, but not great. But always hate to see a business close.

Bammer

November 5th, 2013
5:15 pm

sansho1

November 5th, 2013
5:15 pm

27 years is a looong time to run a restaurant, so I can’t judge him too harshly if he got a little crotchety towards the end. I enjoyed the food and the atmosphere there back in the ’80s and early ’90s. Congrats on a successful venture, Mr. Weaver!

The Dixie Diarist

November 5th, 2013
5:24 pm

FROM THE ARCHIVES: 8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP

After a tour of the UGA athletic office building, we go to lunch at a place called Weaver D’s and you know it’s going to be real good because people are lined up to the door and it’s already packed with a bunch of omnivorous women and the fellow who owns the joint has a basket of books for sale and the books are about him and his Christian musings and his recipes for the food he makes. He’s won awards for his cooking. His brand of food is called soul food. The tin sign above the door out front says the food at this restaurant is delicious. Dexter Weaver is working the cash register. The building is painted bright green.

Our special education kids are working Dexter Weaver. One right after the other. Working him so hard that Dexter and another nice woman standing on the customer side of the counter helping Dexter start looking at me for some spiritual connection. I’m last in line. I must look like the chaperone of these nice customers.

Frank’s up there and he orders something.

That nice woman up there looks at me and points at Frank and says he orders good. Real good!

Tempest orders.

That nice woman up there points at Tempest and mushed her lips up likes she was impressed.

All of a sudden an ancient woman behind me says right in my left ear … This is good food for these chill-ren. Good food.

I turned around. The ancient woman was two inches from my face and I said yes ma’am it is. I saw maps of veins in her eyes.

Good food.

Yes ma’am.

Spike’s right in front of me and he orders. Dexter and the nice woman lean way down. Then they lean back up and look at me. They really look at me like they don’t know what to do or say and I’m sure they’ve had some tough customers before.

That woman behind me told me again that this was good food. She tapped me on the shoulder. Good food.

I sort of moved Spike away with a mild to moderate shove of my hand and asked Dexter and the nice woman what he asked for exactly.

The nice woman at the counter said the little man wanted a piece of cone-bread and some sweet potatoes … but he wants his sweet potatoes without any sugar or cinnamon!

We all looked at Spike.

Spike was unequivocal.

Tap … tap … tap. Good food for these chill-ren.

I told Dexter and the nice woman that my buddy Spike here is real particular. Real damn particular.
The nice woman said … Well, he sho is!

Dexter smiles wide and says …. My Lord Jee-sus! Then Dexter kindly screamed Spike’s sweet potato particulars to the cook.

I don’t know how the cook reacted. I couldn’t hear her. Then I said … Folks, Spike will even argue with the air.

Spike screeched above the eating … proudly … particularly … I’ve done that!

Dexter and the nice woman started laughing and I didn’t get the impression that they were going to finish any time real soon. I’m thinking if they had an official photographer just like the governor, then this would have been the moment she’d appear and start snapping pictures of Spike and Dexter and the counter woman helper.

I ordered the fried dark and iced tea and paid Dexter a extra dollar for an extra thigh … and then you walk over to a window to the kitchen and tell the cook lady what vegetables you want. I couldn’t resist the collards and a big scoop of macaroni and cheese. Your get a nice piece of cornbread with every meal anyway. Automatic food from God in the form of Dexter Weaver. Enjoyed with my 8th grade misfits.

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Hogans Beat Moderation

November 5th, 2013
5:26 pm

Ole Weaver… been a man for a long time and when the time changes to fast it be hard to keep up. And any old man would tell you the same. Hey, the passion was there at one time and now it is lost. Old men are grumpy, plain and simple. And rather than sell he told the business to “go to hell!” Nothing wrong with that. It had a good run and that’s all there is to say about that.

Chi Town

November 5th, 2013
5:34 pm

Athens = cess pool

who cares?

SharonH

November 5th, 2013
6:10 pm

WOW! I use to eat at Weaver D’s every time I was in Athens. So sorry to see you go you served outstanding food! You will be missed!

Baltisraul......

November 5th, 2013
6:40 pm

xxx……if you in fact watched diners drive-in and dives you would know these places are not all the same. Take the ‘beat down’ you are getting and come back later when you can add something worthwhile.

WAR EAGLE

November 5th, 2013
7:33 pm

And in other news today, Melf’s Restaurants Inc announced a new location in Kennesaw. Veggies., Salads and Gluten Free items will be served in their kid friendly restaurant. Best of all, they have a section for adults and grown kid families (so people can eat in peace) and a section for families with youngsters. Arcade games for the kids. Melf’s!

trent

November 6th, 2013
8:35 am

I wonder how many people got diarrhea after eating there.

Marsh

November 6th, 2013
8:47 am

Some of you “people” don’t deserve oxygen.

Best of luck, Dexter Weaver. You created an Athens landmark and had a great run. I had countless delicious meals there in the early 90s. Automatic for the people!

Love the 8th graders teacher’s story, even if he is pimping his blog. Really captured it.

Baltisraul......

November 6th, 2013
8:53 am

trent…….3 in 28 yrs. By comparison :8@ 21Club & 10 @ Tavern on the Green, hope this helps!

Ned Ludd

November 6th, 2013
8:59 am

trent—quite a few AFTER eating there I am sure, but very few BECAUSE of eating there.
Balt—can’t help but wonder where you came up with those figures, wait, maybe I don’t want to know!

Sloan

November 6th, 2013
9:00 am

Dexter used to cater our dinners at the Lambda Chi House. We heard “automatic baby” about 20 times a meal, and they were always good.

Ned Ludd

November 6th, 2013
9:02 am

can’t help but wonder why an organization that prides it’s self on accuracy hasn’t adjusted the time of comment to match daylight savings time—hello–It’s not 8:59!!!

Baltisraul......

November 7th, 2013
12:01 am

Ned, you are correct, you don’t want to know.