Number of employees: 10
Address: 303 Hwy 145 N., Aberdeen
Telephone: (662) 369-2361
Facebook: Fountain Grill
Hours: Monday – Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
‘I know what customers want to drink when they come in and know what they want on their cheeseburger. ... I spoil everybody.’
ABERDEEN – In the heydays of cruising, the Fountain Grill was the center for social order for teens in Aberdeen while Knight’s Drive-In was the place to be in Amory. As time passed and those ’57 Chevys started to rust, the Fountain Grill gravitated more to a family setting.
These days, muddy Z-71s may line the curb after hunters come out of the woods for breakfast and work trucks take up half the spaces under the awning for lunch.
Owner Kymberly Moore moved from Sulligent, Ala., to take over the restaurant in 2006 after it was closed for four months.
She has seen ups and downs with the economy and the rising price of food, but the biggest challenge happened last May when the Fountain Grill’s interior was charred by an electrical fire.
After nearly seven months of interior work that included a completely different kitchen, fresh paint, new bathrooms and the same motif it’s maintained for decades, the Fountain Grill reopened to droves of diners.
Since purchasing the restaurant, Moore has stayed consistent with the menu Monroe County has been accustomed to for years.
“We’ve been told we have the best fish in town and the sweetest tea. Even this time of year, we sell so much ice cream and malts, milkshakes and sundaes,” Moore said.
All of Moore’s cooks have been on her staff have been with her since day one of opening. One has been employed at the Fountain Grill for more than 17 years.
Ray Van Dusen