One thing you can usually count on when you take a Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning, or CALL, trip is a locally owned, not-a-chain restaurant. While we didn’t eat lunch at a chain restaurant, we got a good look at the home office of one. On our way to Atlanta to take a tour of the Chick-fil-A Home Office, we stopped for lunch at the Green Manor Restaurant in Union City.
It’s not called Green Manor because of the ample greenery surrounding it, but because it’s named after the man who bought it in 1917, Dr. Albert Green. His descendents still own it. It’s a grand old mansion with 10 fireplaces, and things like stained glass windows and doors. The lunch buffet featured quite good Southern cooking, which you eat in style at tables with cloth table cloths. All in all it, was a satisfying dining experience.
The tour of the Chick-fil-A Home Office turned out to be a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The main building is a show place, with an atrium lobby that reminds me of the big, fancy Atlanta hotels. It also has an antique auto museum, and two 1946 Fords, because Chil-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy started the chain in 1946 with a small diner called the Dwarf Grill, which was close to the now-closed Ford assembly plant under construction in Hapeville. The plant opened and started putting Fords together in 1947.
You can read all about the Backstage Tour at the Chick-fil-A website.