Columbus residents with a craving for Uncle Herschel’s Favorite breakfast or the longing to purchase an oversized wooden rocker may soon have the opportunity to fulfill these desires.
According to a Columbus city official, the popular restaurant chain Cracker Barrel has set its sites on a Columbus location. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said a meeting was recently held between Cracker Barrel representatives and city personnel. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the restaurant’s interest in purchasing some property on 18th Avenue adjacent to Smith’s Landscaping. The property is owned by the estate of the late W.N. Haggard.
As of press time, the land had not been sold according to the Lowndes County Tax Assessor’s office.
“This is a pretty much a done deal and Cracker Barrel should be opening in early 2014,” said the city official.
Susan Weston, a spokesperson for Cracker Barrel, on Wednesday, offered no additional information.
“We consider many sites across the country in a given year but don’t generally talk about any particular site until we are under construction,” Weston said.
Cracker Barrel owns more than 600 store in 50 states. Columbus will join Tupelo and Tuscaloosa as Cracker Barrel locations.
The Cracker Barrel serves breakfast items such as the SmokeHouse Breakfast as well as Fancy Fixins such as chicken and dumplings and the meatloaf dinner. Each restaurant comes with an attached country store where items such as Andy Griffith t-shirts and old fashioned candy can be purchased.