Eatery made famous by R.E.M. album hits hard times

ATHENS (AP) -- The owner of an Athens restaurant that inspired the name of rock band R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People" album says he might have to close unless business picks up.

Dexter Weaver says that a utility employee showed up Friday to cut off the gas to his Athens restaurant. Weaver says he paid what he could and the restaurant remains open, and he's now pleading with people to help support Weaver D's Delicious Fine Foods.

Weaver has been running the soul food restaurant for more than 25 years.

R.E.M., which began its rise to fame in Athens, adopted Weaver's "Automatic for the People" motto for its 1992 album. The restaurant still features R.E.M. pictures on its walls and draws fans of the band.


Gundoctor1 3 years ago

Well, life is tough all over, another soul food restaurant bites the dust! Maybe you could appeal to your president, or maybe even the band to front you a little "keep it going for the people" money. Maybe the Big O will stop by on one of his campaign junkets to GA. Oh, no that's right, he doesn't come here. We are a lost cause in his opinion. ha ha How is that hope and change working for you Dexter?


dentaldawg83 3 years ago

This is a sad story. Problem in America today is all the traditions, older businesses are being destroyed by people from both party persuasions. Doing business in america in 2012 is WAY much harder than in 1980.


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