Photo: R. Kirby Godsey standing in front of the newly renamed diner, KirbyG's

Photo: R. Kirby Godsey standing in front of the newly renamed diner, KirbyG’s

ONWARD AND UPWARD – “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney

Our family owned diner has been a blessing in disguise for my wife and me. Although we have shed many tears when times were hard, we have laughed many laughs in the best little 50’s diner in metro Atlanta. We have met some truly great people, and we have also made friends for life.

Unquestionably, the economy has been tough since we opened in 2008. In fact, I can remember a day when there was only one server, one cook, and the two of us. We had one table that night, and we thought there was no way we would make it. But we have managed to survive, and it’s simply because of “The Pit Crew” and you, our fans. Your continued support and feedback has kept the wheels on the “Old 57,” and we truly want to thank you.

Now, we have come to a crossroads with the diner that you voted as the 2012 Best Burger Place in Atlanta (ajc.com). Where do we go from here? After much discussion, Erica and I have decided that it’s time for a change. We started out with a simple dream to open a small restaurant, and now we have grown well beyond our expectations.

As we finish our fifth year of existence, we are excited to tell you that we are renaming the diner to facilitate growth and move into new markets. While Chevy’s Diner has served us well, we cannot trademark and license the name because there are numerous restaurants named “Chevy’s” in America. So, it is with great honor that Erica & I announce to our fans that we have officially trademarked a new name…KirbyG’s!

We have chosen the name KirbyG’s in honor of Dr. R. Kirby Godsey (photo above). Dr. Godsey is the former president of Mercer University, and he is a partner in our family owned restaurant. Some of you may recognize him for the Kirby Kraut Dog or by his photos that have been hanging in the front of the diner. He also happens to be a mentor, father, grandfather, and father-in law for those of us at Chevy’s Diner.

It is through his guidance, patience and financial support that we are in existence today. He believed in us during the Financial Crash of 2008, and he is one of the reasons we have continued to grow during this slow economy. We are honored to change our DBA name to KirbyG’s, and we hope that you will join us in honoring him in the years to come.


Neil and Erica