End of an Era – Butch’s Chicken House to Close

Butch’s, a mainstay of the Jonesboro culinary scene since 1951, is closing October 4. Next Saturday is your last chance for biscuits.

Many of the morning regulars, including my own mother, are forever locals and classmates from Jonesboro High.

I had my first cheeseburger there, long before McDonald’s arrived in the Land of Tara.

Like those of us who mourned the closing of Carver’s, this is one of those “chapters in the book of life” that is hard to take.



  1. Charlie says:

    The gold standard for golden fried (bone in) chicken when I was growing up was Cruise Inn in Fairburn. I think they closed for good about 2005. I discovered Butch’s a few years before, and have to say that theirs was also most excellent. Haven’t been in a while, and doubt I’ll make it before next Saturday. Will chalk it up to others that now only exist in well fed memories.

  2. Will Durant says:

    Honestly I’m surprised they have lasted this long. Not because of the food but due to the departure of their primary patrons, both ethereally and physically.

    I was kind of surprised with a rare trip down GA85 recently that Melear’s Barbeque is now closed. It may not have been the greatest but just a loss of another traditional Georgia BBQ joint, Grizzard style with sliced white bread and a couple of pickle chips on the side. The best of that style on the southside was sold quarterly on Saturdays by the Riverdale Masons. Hickory fires started on Thursday night with iron cauldrons of stew followed by the shoulders on Friday and lovingly tended overnight with a periodic basting of likker, to the cooks’ insides.

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