Len Berg's Restaurant was an institution in Macon, Georgia, for almost a century. In later years, when owner Jeff Amerson ordered the annual billboard that simply said, H.M.F.P.I.C. You Know Where, customers knew. They knew where to find home made fresh peach ice cream on June 1. Throughout the year, they knew where to find black-eyed peas, salmon croquettes, turnip greens, cornbread, lemon meringue pie, and more. They knew where to find classic Southern food that was good for the soul. Thirty beloved recipes appear in this text, but Remembering Len Berg's Restaurant is more about the place and about the people who kept the establishment a favourite destination for good food for almost 100 years. Leonard Berg, son of a German Jewish immigrant, created a restaurant in the early part of the twentieth century at a time when public dining served the needs of weary travellers. Berg adapted and grew his business as the industry evolved, and by the time he sold it to Arthur Barry in 1943, Len Berg's Restaurant was a well-known part of the Macon community serving lunch and dinner to businessmen, families, and travellers. From his earliest days as a restaurateur, Arthur Barry employed a young Jeff Amerson, the man who took over as proprietor in 1969. Amerson, and then his son Jerry, ushered the iconic Southern restaurant into the twenty-first century before passing the torch to new owners. Years after the Amerson family sold Len Berg's Restaurant, and years after it closed, former patrons still recall favorites from the menu and express a fondness for the sweet tastes of a place in memory. Like a tall, cool glass of sweet iced tea or a little bit of H.M.F.P.I.C., Remembering Len Berg's Restaurant will help satisfy their hunger for a piece of Macon history.
|Publication date:||15th October 2012|
|Author:||Marie J. Amerson|
|Publisher:||Mercer University Press|
|Categories:||Social research & statistics,|
Marie J. Amerson married into the Len Berg's Restaurant family in 1979. She was a teacher by profession, but Marie also spent summer lunches and evening dinners honing her skills as official taster for the restaurant operated by her husband Jerry and his father. Now semi-retired, Marie lives near Macon, Georgia, where she and Jerry watch birds and enjoy the beauty of nature.More About Marie J. Amerson