2009-05-06 / Front Page

Moby Dick Restaurant holds grand opening

by MCL staffwriter

Crowd helps Smiley and Ernie Grow officially cut the opening ribbon. Crowd helps Smiley and Ernie Grow officially cut the opening ribbon. A large group of friends, family and business constituents gathered last Friday, May 1, for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Colquitt's newest restaurant, The Moby Dick.

Anthony Cobb, president of the Chamber of Commerce, welcomed everyone to the ribbon cutting and thanked the new owner for opening his restaurant. Cobb told the crowd that his first actual date was to The Moby Dick Restaurant years ago when it was located on the Brinson Highway.

Mayor Jerry Chapman also thanked the crowd for coming and offered the city's help whenever needed.

Veryl Garland Cockey representing the Chamber of Commerce added her sincere thanks to the owners and also wished them well in their business. She also told of some of her memories of the former Moby Dick Restaurant.

However, the new restaurant is not actually "new" to Colquitt. In 1977, the Moby Dick Restaurant was opened by Smiley and Mer- lene Grow. They experienced not only the goodness of this community but also the lifelong friendships of their customers.

Earnie and Gail Grow open the new Moby Dick as his parents, Smiley and Merlene Grow, wish them well along with friends, customers and community leaders. Earnie and Gail Grow open the new Moby Dick as his parents, Smiley and Merlene Grow, wish them well along with friends, customers and community leaders. In later years, the business was sold, and the Grow family retired from restaurant life.

Now 32 years later, their oldest son, Ernie and his wife, Gail, have decided to bring the Moby Dick back to Colquitt.

The present business is located at 642 Hwy. 27 North. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their lunch buffet. Their evening hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can reach them by phone at 229-758-8141.

The newly remodeled building will seat 250 people. They also have private dining rooms for parties, banquets, meetings, reunions, etc.

The Moby Dick specializes in steaks and seafood but also carries a wide selection of menu items. You may dine in or carry out.

Ernie and Gail would like to thank the people of this community for their support in their opening. "It has been a pleasure to renew old acquaintances and remember the good old days of the Moby Dick Restaurant," stated Grow. Customers come in daily and share stories of the old fish pond and feeding the fish and of others having their first date at the Moby Dick. "Some even met their husbands while working with us," Grow said smiling.

"And too, believe it or not, but we have some of our same waitresses that are working with us now that we had back then. They have been lifesavers for us," the new owners commented.

So on your next outing, Ernie and Gail invite you to come out and enjoy great food, fellowship and service at Moby Dick.

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