A legacy of good eats

Henderson’s Restau­rant brings 50 years of fam­ily recipes to the ta­ble

The Covington News - - BUSINESS - By Rachel Oswald

For over 50 years the Henderson fam­ily has been serv­ing up cat­fish to the res­i­dents of New­ton County.

To­day three-gen­er­a­tions of the Henderson fam­ily can be found work­ing at the fam­ily’s restau­rant on Ga. High­way 36.

The fam­ily’s restau­rant first opened its doors on Emory Street in 1948 across from what is to­day the Cov­ing­ton City Hall. Back then, says Frances Henderson (who opened the restau­rant with her hus­band Clarence), the restau­rant had only four booths and four ta­bles and was called The An­nex.

By 1956 busi­ness had grown so that Clarence made the de­ci­sion to re-lo­cate the restau­rant to Ga. High­way 36 and to re­name it Henderson’s Restau­rant. Over time the restau­rant con­tin­ued to ex­pand, adding more rooms un­til it reached its cur­rent ca­pac­ity of 300 peo­ple.

As the restau­rant grew, so did the Henderson fam­ily who all came to even­tu­ally work in the fam­ily busi­ness.

Frances’ daugh­ter Clarice Dozier has worked at the restau­rant since she was 11years-old.

“To me it’s just like home,” Dozier said. “I’ve al­ways been here.”

All five of the Henderson’s chil­dren have worked at the restau­rant and so have most of the Henderson’s grand­chil­dren.

“I en­joy the peo­ple here,” said Frances’ grand­daugh­ter Jes­sica Robert­son. “The same peo­ple come in each week.”

While Henderson’s is fa­mous for its cat­fish (a plate with three fish and three sides is $10.50), the restau­rant fea­tures an ar­ray of seafood op­tions such as floun­der fil­let, fried oys­ters, perch and pop­corn shrimp. Chicken, bar­be­cue pork, steak and ham­burg­ers are also of­fered.

Henderson’s fea­tures nightly specials such as the Wed­nes­day night spe­cial where for $4.50 pa­trons can en­joy one meat item, two veg­eta­bles, salad and bread. The Sun­day night spe­cial for $6.95 fea­tures one meat, three veg- eta­bles, bread and dessert.

Ban­quet rooms can be re­served for private par­ties. Take out is avail­able.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Fam­ily af­fair: Three gen­er­a­tions of Henderson fam­ily de­scen­dents gather in front of Henderson’s Restau­rant on High­way 36, where the lo­cal din­ing es­tab­lish­ment has been lo­cated for 51 years. Pic­tured are Frances Henderson, left, Clarice Dozier, Phillip Henderson and Jes­sica Robert­son.

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