ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia Christmas tradition this year will honor one of Albany's oldest restaurants.
The 2015 East Seals Christmas ornament will be in honor of Pearly's Famous Country Cooking restaurant, and its owner, Pearly Gates.
For years Pearly's has been one of Albany's busiest and best breakfast and lunch eateries. A Facebook poll picked Pearly's for this year's Easter Seals ornament.
"I think it's a real honor. And who has made that is my customers. We appreciate it and we are glad to be part of it," said Gates.
Carey Gates came to Albany in 1960. During his first years as a citizen of Albany he worked for the US Postal Service where he gained the nickname "Pearly Gates". In June of 1962, he left his position at the Post Office to become owner and operator of Burger Chef, one of the first restaurants on Slappey Drive in the 1960's.
Through the years he remained at the same location and the restaurant name changed from Burger Chef to Hardee's. In 1991, Pearly made the decision to become an independent, family owned restaurant where he could serve his customers with quality food and service without corporate guidelines.