“Savannah's oldest restaurant”
In the spring of 1924, a star was born in the sleepy southern town of Savannah, Georgia. Not the type of star you might find at a Hollywood gala, but the type that burns bright in the eyes of the generations that would grow up dancing and dining at Johnny Harris Restaurant. Initially erected at the corner of Bee Road and Victory Drive, the restaurant was hardly more than a roadside Bar-B-Que shack. Built with a white clapboard exterior dotted with black shutters and a sawdust floor inside, Johnny Harris Restaurant would rise from its humble beginnings to enjoy the loyal following and reputation of today, as one of the largest and most popular full service restaurants in the city. Johnny Harris first dreamed up the concept of the new restaurant, and less than three years later, was joined by a man named Kermit "Red" Donaldson who together with Mr. Harris would create this successful restaurant venture. Red Donaldson began his restaurant career with duties that included dishwashing, cooking and manning the cash registers. Besides putting in the long hours required in this new business, he walked to and from work in all kinds of weather; leaving his families modest house at Abercorn and Duffy streets in the early morning, and returning late at night.
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