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I've just been reading some diner trivia and learned that many diners in the Lake Eric area used - and still use - the spelling "dinor,"
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I was looking for photos or post cards of Plant Café on the internet, and I was directed to this site. I was pleased to find a post card of Plant Café, in Waycross, Georgia - near the Okefenokee Swamp. In the initial post, you’d noted that the origin of the name for Plant Café was unknown. I thought I would provide you with some more information on this delightful Waycross landmark…Thank you for this opportunity!
Plant Café, located at 504 Plant Avenue (aka US 84) in Waycross, Georgia, was established in 1921! Both Plant Avenue and the café are named for Henry Bradley Plant, who developed the Plant System of railroads. The railroad system led the way to a golden age of industrial growth in Waycross, Georgia.
Plant Café is located one block from the original railroad depot. At one time (when passenger trains brought many visitors to Waycross), the café was open 24 hours. For forty years, it served locals and travelers well. Passenger trains gave way to freight trains, and today, CSX Transportation owns and runs the railroad system in Waycross.
In the 1960s, the café closed, and it experienced other “incarnations” until about seventeen years ago. Native Waycrossan, Steve Howell, and his wife Marla, purchased the building. They initially made the space a gift shop. Then, two years ago, they chose to return the space to a café, again. That is when I met them. I help out at the café on occasion, and it is always more “fun” than work - every time.
Steve and Marla celebrate the history of the building - and some of the best-known patrons of Plant Café through the years…including The King of Rock-N-Roll himself - Elvis Presley - in the décor, and via the menu of the restaurant. They are open for lunch on weekdays from 11:00AM until 3:00PM . It is a cozy, small town restaurant with many regulars - and every week, people visit the café with personal stories associated with the place. We’ve heard these, and many more comments:
“My Aunt used to work here, and I’d wait for her to get off work. There was a lunch counter over there where I’d sit and have a Co-Cola while she finished up.”
“My Daddy brought me here for my birthday when I was 11 years old. This was the first restaurant I ever ate at.”
“A group of us friends would come here after every football game in High School.”
I am posting a few photos of the café, today.
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