ARLINGTON, GA (WALB) - The dream of a hometown restaurant is coming true for one South Georgia woman.
It's been an emotional opening for Brooke Odum, who says it is all in thanks to the community.
In a town with one red light and mostly vacant buildings, it can be tough to find a place for lunch. "A lot of people travel to neighboring towns to eat or stop at the deli in the grocery store, or convenience store," said Misha Smith, Downtown Development Authority Manager.
But that's all changed. Brooke Odum has lived in Arlington her whole life. She went to culinary school, and did some catering, but has since been working with her husband on their farm.
"Probably two years ago we started talking about it, and then it took us a few months to find the just right building," said Odum.
Odum says she wanted to open a family friendly place for the everyone in the community. "As my daughter has gotten older, I just really want to instill in her the hometown feel."
She hopes one day her 11 year old daughter Georgia, hence the name, Sweet Georgia Brown, will appreciate and understand the special bond within a small community.
"She's what it's all about to me, and I want her to have the same memories as I did growing up," Odum said. "And when people walk in the door, being able to go give them a hug."
The place has quite the selection. She makes everything from burgers and sandwiches, to pastries, and they've even got everyone's favorite- ice cream.
Odum says she couldn't have opened without the community support. "When you need everybody, they come running, no matter what."
Downtown development authority manager Mischa Smith says she's happy to see another business.
"Hopefully it will be a chain reaction. We would love to have shops and new business and bring new businesses in Arlington," said Smith.
For now, Sweet Georgia Brown will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11 to 2:00, as they see how things go. She hopes to have longer hours, or be open another day in the future.