This Tuesday, the Dawsonville Chick-fil-A celebrated 20 years of serving the local community.
Chick-fil-A patrons and community members celebrated by taking photos with the big blow-up cow outside of the restaurant, eating in the dining room decorated with balloons and streamers and purchasing commemorative anniversary t-shirts.
According to restaurant operator Tony Kellar, he and his wife Gwen first opened the location back in 2002 when they decided to make a move back to Georgia from where they lived at the time in Charlotte, NC.
“We’re both from Georgia and we just felt a pull to get closer to home; for some reason we chose Dawson County and we just love it,” Tony Kellar said. “It was a great move for us.”
When the Kellars first opened the new Chick-fil-A location, Dawson County was just a small town and didn’t even have a Walmart. Since then, as the community has grown up around Chick-fil-A, the restaurant has remained a cornerstone of the county.
“A lot has changed in Dawson County in 20 years for sure; it was kind of Mayberry with an outlet mall when we got here and now it’s a growing metro suburb of Atlanta,” Tony Kellar said. “It’s growing but it’s been very good to us, that’s for sure.”
Since they first moved to the area, both Tony and Gwen said that the Dawson County community has been incredibly welcoming to them and quickly became their home.
“This community welcomed us from day one and we love Dawson County; it is home for us so we could not imagine being anywhere else,” Tony Kellar said. “People here love Chick-fil-A so we’re thankful and very grateful for that. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years.”
“Even through Covid you never know what’s going to happen, but Dawson County has been very good to us,” Gwen Kellar added. “We raised all three of our kids here; we can’t imagine calling anyplace else home.”
Throughout the anniversary celebration, the Kellars said that they got the joy of seeing the familiar faces of many of their restaurant regulars, including those who have been patrons of the Dawson County Chick-fil-A since its opening day in 2002.
“We’ve seen a lot of familiar faces today,” Gwen Kellar said. “People have been saying ‘I was here the day that you opened’; it’s just been great.”