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You know someone who has been in business in the same location for half a century must be doing it right.
Pearly Gates is a legendary Albany restaurant owner who has been serving food for 50 years now.
And his business seems to be more popular now than ever.
You know when you have the name Pearly Gates, your food has to be heavenly. For 50 years, in the same location, Pearly's has been through name changes, but his secret for success has never changed.
Drive thru sign speaker says "Thank you for choosing Pearly's.
Many South Georgians start their day at Pearly's. Flocking in for some of the best grits, sausage, and eggs you have ever tasted. But for 50 years you also get something else.
"I'm Pearly." Hi I'm Kim. "Nice to meet you," said Pearly Gates, Pearly Owner.
The owner is usually there to greet you personally, ever since 1962.
"I called everybody by name and meet them. What makes this restaurant to this day is calling people by name. Your name is the sweetest thing they are," said Pearly Gates.
50 years ago Gates, then working at the post office, was invited by his neighbor to learn the restaurant business at the Burger Chef opening on Slappey Boulevard.
"I had never had no restaurant experience," said Pearly Gates.
But putting in 100 hour weeks Gates learned quickly. In 1980 Hardees bought out Burger Chef, and he ran Hardee's until 1991, when he went independent, becoming just Pearly's.
"I changed over that year to a Pearly's and it was the best move that I ever made since I been in business," said Pearly Gates.
The family business had Pearly's wife and children take even bigger roles in running the restaurant.
"It's kinda rough at times. But you just keep on going," said Ruth Gates.
"Thank ya'll." Good as always. "Glad to have ya'll," said Pearly Gates.
Now 75 years old, Pearly had a stroke 12 weeks ago, and he is still recovering, but can't stay away. He says the restaurant and his customers are in his heart and he knows when he will quit.
"I guess I still say the same thing, till my toes turn up. I just like people," said Pearly Gates.
50 years in the same place, and Pearly Gates says folks can still count on getting the best breakfast and lunch from him for years to come.
Of course the question he is asked most often, how did he get the name Pearly Gates. In 1960 at the post office he says Cecil Pitts called him that on the intercom as a joke, and it stuck ever since. In case you don't know, his real name is Carey.
Pearly serves 900 people a day. That means he serves 24,000 eggs a month, and bakes 1,200 biscuits a day.