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For sale (soon): Ann’s Snack Bar, home of the “Ghetto Burger”

Ann Price, "Miss Ann," serves up a "Ghetto Burger" to customers at her Kirkwood restaurant in 2008.

Ann Price serves up a "Ghetto Burger" to customers at her Kirkwood Restaurant, Ann's Snack Bar.

Ann’s Snack Bar, the Kirkwood home of the “World Famous Ghetto Burger,” might not be around much longer — at least not with Ann herself.

Ann Price, known to her customers and the world at large as “Miss Ann,” told Buzz on Monday that she’s ready to sell after 37 years of hand-shaping patties for hungry customers.

“You got a buyer?” she shot into the phone.

Miss Ann won’t be locking the doors just yet. She plans to talk with a real estate agent in a couple weeks, and doesn’t yet know the price, but wants it on the market at the end of the month. It’s not clear if the restaurant will remain open once it’s out of Miss Ann’s hands.

“I don’t care what they do with it,” Miss Ann said of the building at 1615 Memorial Drive. “Once they pay me for it, they can do whatever the want with it.”

The "World Famous Ghetto Burger" at Ann's Snack Bar in Kirkwood.

The "World Famous Ghetto Burger" at Ann's Snack Bar in Kirkwood.

That news will be hard to swallow for regulars who got comfortable on the bar stools at Ann’s. It was already a local institution when its “World Famous Ghetto Burger,” was named the best burger in America in a Wall Street Journal story two years ago. The crowds have been flowing even steadier since then.

So why now? “I’m tired. Isn’t that a good enough reason?”

What next? “Sleep. I’m planning to sleep when I leave here.”

Miss Ann did say she’ll stay in Atlanta, but didn’t elaborate: “I can’t talk now. I’ve got customers.”

Miley’s movie comes to Georgia — with a casting director

The new Miley Cyrus movie, “The Last Song,” is expected to start filming in Savannah next month, a late venue change from Wilmington, N.C. You know what that means? Lots of excited tweens. And now that the film is looking for extras and experienced actors, lots of excited tweens with stars in their eyes.

“The Last Song,” a story about a teen forced to spend a summer away from home, is scheduled to film in Savannah from June 15 to Aug. 19. The movie and book were written by author Nicholas Sparks.

The Savannah Film Office has been bombarded with calls and questions about the movie since it announced in April that it would film in Georgia, but that’s quieting down now that “The Last Song” set up a local production office.

Want a shot at being in Miley’s movie? Call “The Last Song” production office at 912-232-1411, or savannahtls@gmail.com. Extras should submit pictures and contact information to lastsongextras@gmail.com. Experienced local actors can submit headshots and resumes to burchcasting@mac.com. Watch for updates at www.savannahfilm.org.

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Contributing: Nedra Rhone, News services.

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19 comments Add your comment

dave

May 18th, 2009
5:56 pm

Thanks, Ann. It was so good and so much fun . . .

notaracist

May 18th, 2009
6:13 pm

Fishtales, being that you were not the person conducting the interview, you do not know if she was perceived, as rude or not. Ms. Ann is an older woman and you should show some respect. Thus she does not have time to conduct a phone interview and wait on customers. Also the burgers must be good otherwise she would not have any customers.

William

May 18th, 2009
7:29 pm

Ms. Ann, Thank you for the great food and home spun common sense. The world needs more people that can tell “It” straight without sugar coating everything for the sake of “feelings” and political correctiveness. God Bless you, Peaceandblessings.

E.K.

May 18th, 2009
7:31 pm

Ann thanks for your colorful management style and great burgers. Enjoy yourself and live well.

Cletus Snow

May 18th, 2009
8:24 pm

Annes Snack bar has been around quite a spell I’ve been eating there since the mid 70s She’s a little more brittle now than in the past, but it’s her dime and her snack bar, if you’re that sensitive don’t even go there. I’m pretty sure she’ll survive till the end of the month without you fishtales. You’ve never been there or you’d never call the Ghetto Burger lame. I’ll hate to see Anne go she’s chewed me out many times Yet I still go back. It’s a shame there’s only one Annes Snack Bar, I’d like to see a Burger Nazi on every corner like Booger King. I hope someone even tougher than Anne buys it and runs it just as she has.

ACBrown

May 18th, 2009
10:20 pm

Miss Ann, thank you so much for many, many years of hospitality and delicious cooking. I will never forget you, your cooking or your Snack Bar. Best of luck to you, you deserve some sleep!

Jeff

May 18th, 2009
10:47 pm

Wow…. always sad to hear when hometown, landmark, local “hole in the wall” restaurants close down. I’ve never been to this place, but I’d love to try it… anyone know how to get there from the northside perimeter? And, pray tell, what exactly is IN the Ghetto Burger? It looks awesome! I hate to see traditional local places like this replaced by “big box” chain restaurants, but if so, I hope the owner enjoys her retirement.

Jamie G.

May 18th, 2009
11:11 pm

Hey Jeff!

From a 2001 story by my AJC colleague John Kessler: “The ‘world famous ghetto burger’ is a double chili cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard and mayo. Enough customers asked for slaw on top of this high-rise project to encourage Price to come up with a new creation, ‘the hood burger.’ It sells for $4.50.”

Not sure where you’re coming from, but if you’re heading south on the Connector, you’d hope on 20-E, get off at 60B for northbound on Moreland and turn right on Memorial for about a mile.

Enjoy!

Jeff

May 19th, 2009
12:25 am

Thanks Jamie – I appreciate it! I will try to venture over that way next time I have a free afternoon. I’d love to try that burger… I wonder if it made the “Best of Big A” list for top burgers in the ATL?

Great piece – I love reading stories like this (about local Atlanta landmarks, not necessarily that they are closing). It’s always cool to learn about places like Ann’s!

Edward

May 19th, 2009
9:55 am

I can get a burger that is just as good at several other places without having to endure the bulls*** that this place gives. The only reason anybody stands in line for this place is the notoriety and to say they did it. Some people like a “fad” more than a meal, I guess. So while you idiots are standing in line and being scolded like a child, I’ll be enjoying a relaxing meal somewhere else where I’m appreciated as an adult customer.

Shermantown Soldier

May 19th, 2009
10:14 am

Grew up in Stone Mountain, left for the Army in 88. Everytime I came home for 20 years, I got me some of Ann’s cooking first thing. I even planned my arrival time to Hartsfeld on her schedule. You will be missed.

Hughes

May 19th, 2009
11:10 am

I’ve been going to Anne’s for years; I used to live a stones throw from there. I doubt she’s selling anytime soon. She told me the same thing about developer having an offer for her store about 12-18 months ago. Anyway, her burgers are better than the The Vortex, 5 Guys, Fuddruckers and just about everywhere else I’ve tried. It’s like Soup Natzi in NYC. The “service” is part of the ambiance. Frankly, I’ve never had a problem with Miss Anne or her rules. She’s just like your grandmother. As long as you have basic manners and follow the clearly posted rules above the counter you should be fine. Plus, you’ll get a few chuckles when Miss Ann gives it to someone who acts likes they’ve been raised in a barn.

John Caras

May 19th, 2009
11:13 am

Time is running out.

Halberstram

May 19th, 2009
11:54 am

Ann is not the mean person people make her out to be. She has rules for her restaurant and as long as you follow them you’ll be fine. If you don’t want to follow the rules then don’t come, it’s your decision. This burger is well worth the wait, everything is made fresh so be prepared to wait even once you sit down in the restaurant. If you like burgers make sure to get out there before she shuts her doors.

notaracist

May 19th, 2009
2:33 pm

Well, I have never had her burgers, therefor, I do not know if she is rude or not. However it seems that more people than not will miss this establishment, if and when it closes. But, I can surely tell you that I have been to some establishments with great service and awful food.

lynette

May 19th, 2009
10:59 pm

What are the rules?

jgumbrecht

May 20th, 2009
1:29 pm

Lynette, I’m sure that other regulars can fill you in on more specifics, but two posted rules we’ve written about are “Do Not Allow Children to Slide on the Rails” and “Do Not Curse in Snack Bar.” :)

loveMsAnne

May 21st, 2009
9:01 am

Another run, do not enter the store if the stools are all taken and people are waiting outside. I love Ms. Anne’s burgers and fries with the great seasoning salt. She will be missed.

Kimkim72

May 28th, 2009
7:05 pm

I got in trouble for walking in the store where the people are sitting on the stools…lol. Im still waiting…been waiting for 3+ hours. I cant wait to c how the food tastes. It better b worth the wait.