The year was 1933. America was in the midst of the worst year of the Great Depression. Unemployment was over 25%. Gasoline sold for 10 cents a gallon. The New York Giants won the World Series. FM radio was created. Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany. And Albert Einstein emigrated to America from Germany.
In the midst of all this chaos, John E. “Johnny” Jacobs began the Partridge Restaurant in Rome Georgia. He worked with his mother and grandmother to create a southern style, home cooking restaurant that has served the Rome community for 82 years now, the third oldest restaurant in Georgia.
The Partridge has served Governors, Senators, Congressmen, celebrities, local politicians, and nearly everyone in Rome, Georgia during those years. And now, Johnny’s daughter, Angelle Jacobs Thornton is preparing to continue the tradition of home cooked southern food served fresh. She is almost finished with the preparations. Our cooks are putting the finishing touches on the kitchen, ordering supplies. The menus are almost ready for you to circle your choices. Our wait staff is almost ready to pour your traditional southern sweet tea.
Angelle Jacobs Thornton couldn't get the Partridge Restaurant out of her blood. Many years after her father, Partridge founder John Jacobs, told her that he wanted her to take over the family business, the time has now come.
Her daughter Angelle Thornton, known as Sister, 13, and son, John Thornton, 20, will also be involved with the restaurant in various capacities from time to time.
Many of the former employees will be coming back, including hostess and do-everything girl Gaynell Pilgrim. Barbara Knox Anderson will be back in the kitchen where her mother, Minnie Knox, passed on all the old Jacobs recipes years before.
The restaurant will stick with the old menu — bring back old-fashioned cornbread, fried catfish, chicken livers, all the items Romans have ordered at the Partridge for more than 80 years.
Once it's up and running, Thornton's 94-year-old mother, Karemy Jacobs, is expected to be back at the shop as frequently as she feels up to it, to greet customers old and new.