Owning a restaurant has always been a dream for Chad and Alicia Maddox. The couple has talked and planned for many years of how they could make it a reality and now, their dream is finally coming true. The Maddox’s have bought English’s Café and hope to be open sometime in the beginning of January 2016.
“We are just over the moon! We are both excited about this new endeavor for our family,” Mrs. Maddox said. “It is so sweet that we can do this as a family together too. This is our happy back.”
And she and her husband aren’t the only ones who are excited either. Sylvian English, who along with her late husband owned and operated the family’s Thomaston landmark for more than 30 years, is thrilled to have a wonderful family to pass the business on to.
“I couldn’t possibly be more happy for this family to come in and give the restaurant its’ heartbeat back,” English said. “People have called us the “Cheers” of Thomaston before and to me that is just a wonderful compliment and I know Chad and Alicia are the right ones to take over and continue that tradition.”
Finding the right people for the job was something very important to English and was a decision she did not take lightly. Although she had never put a for sale sign up on the building once she decided it was time to retire, English had spoken with several interested buyers, but said something kept telling her to wait. So, that is what she did. She waited and prayed and asked the Lord to send her someone that would be a perfect fit for the restaurant that has meant so much to her and her family.
During that time, Mrs. Maddox was talking with her friend Lane Coggins one day who suggested she give English a call about the restaurant. So one Saturday evening she did and the pair clicked right off the bat. It quickly became clear to English these were the people she should sell the business to and they finalized the deal on December 3, a date that has special meaning for the English family.
“They purchased the business on December 3, which is the same date that my husband and I purchased it,” English said. She added they did not realize the dates matched until after all the paper work was finished and to her that was just another sign that this was the right move and now everything has come full circle.
For Mr. Maddox, one thing he is looking the most forward to is getting to see all of his friends in the community again. He stated he has been at his job for so many years that he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to interact with people who were not his co-workers, but he is thankful that is about to change.
“I am looking forward to getting to see all of my friends when they come in the restaurant,” he said. “I am just grateful that my wife wanted to do this with me.”
While this is the ending of one era for the English family, it is the beginning of another for the Maddox family and they hope the entire community will share in their excitement. English’s Café may look a little different when it opens back up in January, but the Maddox’s assure everyone the famous scrambled burgers, dressed dogs, bar top stories and bar stools will remain.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1