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Southern Flavor With a Side of Hot Buttered Soul
By Herschel J. Grangent, Jr.

“And I'll be with him, on that midnight train to Georgia … WOO WOO! I'd rather live in his world, than live without him in mine …”

That tune, made famous by Gladys Knight & the Pips, wafts over your ears as you take another bite of your sweet and spicy barbecue ribs. A sip of sweetened iced tea washes it down, and for a second, you feel like you’re in a juke joint somewhere in the back woods of any county in Georgia.

Not quite.

True, it is a juke joint, but this is Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint, and the location is Hartsfield-Jackson’s Concourse D.

Juke Joint

Located near Gate D-10, this restaurant has offered a taste of the South to visitors from all over the world since it opened February 11.

With a seemingly endless list of inductees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, which includes Gladys Knight, Ray Charles and others, it is evident that this state has a great deal of musical talent. That is partly how the restaurant was born.

“We wanted to give passengers a totally different dining experience from the conventional airport restaurant,” said Terry Harps, president of Global Concessions, Inc., the parent company of Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint. “We are in the very heart of the South, and in some cases we provide the only glimpse of the South that connecting passengers get to see. We thought it would be a great idea to give the customer something that would feel like an old-fashioned Southern juke joint with real Southern flavor, not only in the food, but in the music as well.”

And the authenticity is definitely there. With a full bar, vintage jazz and R&B album covers on the walls and a real jukebox filled with extensive music selections, passengers on a layover –- or anyone who has a little while to unwind -- can take a step back to simpler times.

“And, comparatively speaking, the prices aren’t bad, either,” said Harps.

Every food item on the menu, from deli sandwiches to burgers to ribs, ranges between $4 and $10. The bar also features the micro-brew Georgia Brown.

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is one of several new concepts in the Airport Concessions Management program. It followed the February 8 opening of Bistro del Sol, a healthy choice, deli-style restaurant in the Atrium and preceded the March renovation and expansion of Adelsea, a duty-free store on Concourse E.

© 2008 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.


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