Green Front Cafe receives Georgia tourism funds

The Green Front Cafe sits on Carrie Mae lane, a road that was named for the restaurant’s original proprietor, Carrie Mae Hambrick. The cafe, Stockbridge’s first public restaurant, was one of 14 projects in Georgia to receive a total of $64,000 in a tourism grant from the state of Georgia. (Staff Photo: Joe Adgie)

STOCKBRIDGE — The site of Stockbridge’s first public restaurant will receive tourism funds from the state of Georgia.

Revitalization of the Green Front Cafe was one of 14 projects that will receive a total of $64,000 from Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

According to Henry County records, the Green Front Cafe was built in 1920, the same year the city of Stockbridge became an incorporated city.

The facility, a green-colored structure, is a residential home that once operated as the city’s first public restaurant by the late Carrie Mae Hambrick, a community servant for whom Silent Street was renamed in 2009.

Hambrick, who died in 2010, was known for collecting clothes and household items for needy families and providing food to those in need.

“The Green Front Cafe is a Stockbridge treasure,” said Kira Harris-Braggs, manager of Stockbridge Main Street. “During a time when there were many societal issues that created discord, this little neighborhood spot was a place where all people, regardless of race, social standing, or circumstance could come have good food, lively conversation and a pleasant time. Mrs. Carrie Mae poured her heart into the community just as lovingly as she poured sweet tea into the cups of her patrons.”

“New tourism product is what drives visitation to Georgia and the resource team grants help to get these projects off the ground,” said Kevin Langston in a press release.

Langston is the deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

“We are thrilled to announce this new round of funding because these projects will create lasting economic growth for these communities by helping spur job creation, attract investment and provide residents with an improved quality of life,” Langston said.

According to a release from Georgia Tourism, the recommendations and financial support provided through the program are designed to spur tourism development activities at the local level that maintain and create jobs, attract tourists and enhance the visitor experience.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.