Hen’s Nest soul food restaurant opens soon in Macon, Georgia

Amelia Hicks, originally from Jones County and Maconite, plans to serve soul food with “a little southern flair” at the Pothole.

The new restaurant at 1897 Shurling Drive in Macon is slated to open on December 4th.

“It’s southern soul food – home cooking,” said Hicks, the managing director. “It reminds me of family, of love, of sitting around the dinner table… just the old kitchen of the country soul.”

His signature dish: Cornish hens.

She’ll also make buttermilk fried chicken wings, smoked pork chops with gravy, turkey wings, seasoned collard greens, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, black-eyed peas, bread dressing. of corn, a potato salad, stuffed eggs, a sweet potato pie and Suite.

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From left to right, a take-out plate of Cornish hens, cornbread dressing with cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese and potato salad, and a take-out plate of smothered pork chops on rice, mac and cheese and seasoned collard greens. Courtesy Hen’s Nest (cropped photo)

Hicks, who once worked as a dietary manager, started cooking at an early age with his grandmother and mother.

The first dishes she remembers making were fried chicken and collard greens when she was 13.

She has been cooking for years for family and friends.

“I was the house where everyone went out,” Hicks said.

southern charm

The name of the restaurant comes from Hicks’ love of country decor, especially chickens.

“Not only will I give you great food, but nice seats, a little southern charm,” Hicks said.

The small restaurant with a limited number of seats for up to 50 people will offer on-site and take-out meals, she said. Guests can also book a private dining room.

The initial hours of operation are expected to be noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Also, the restaurant could later add an old-fashioned ice cream shop on-site, Hicks said.

Plus, if the restaurant is successful as planned, another location, perhaps in McDonough or Savannah, is already under consideration, she said.

“You’re going to have that feeling of laughter, fun and great food at home,” Hicks said.

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Green cabbage seasoned at Hen’s Nest. Courtesy pothole

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Becky Purser covers business news, having returned to central Georgia in 2000. She has also covered crime and court primarily in Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. She has also covered local government for the Daily Sun when it was a Warner Robins daily, for the Kingsport Times-News in Tennessee, and for the Bristol Herald Courier in Virginia. She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a BA in Communication.
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