In the aftermath of the chain filing for bankruptcy in 2010, its corporate locations shut their doors and the Stockbridge franchise was left standing as the sole survivor in metro Atlanta, one of two in Georgia and one of 11 in the U.S.
Vickey Shelton, owner of the Stockbridge site, who built the store from the ground up 12 years ago, said her decision to become a franchisee was based solely upon her fond memories of the establishment.
“It was definitely the taste of the food,” she said. “When [my business partner and I] looked at Mrs. Winner’s 12 years ago, we knew it would be food we’d be proud to serve.”
Food items include fried chicken tenders, side items — broccoli and cheese casserole, mashed potatoes with gravy, coleslaw, potato salad and potato wedges — and the crowning glory of cinnamon swirls and fluffy biscuits.
But, in several ways, Shelton is ensuring some menu items reflect how they were originally made, especially the cinnamon swirls and biscuits.
“Customers told us that they loved the homemade biscuits and cinnamon swirls,” she said. “We decided to go back to making them from scratch.”
The freshly baked items offer fans of whole foods — made from scratch with real ingredients versus frozen, pre-made, processed items — a satisfying alternative.
The Stockbridge location also uses farm-fresh eggs with all their breakfast items and offers baked chicken for those who want to cut back on their fat intake.
Melissa Hoover, outpatient dietician at Piedmont Henry Hospital, said this trend is gaining traction.
“A lot of restaurants are starting to offer healthier items, whether it is baked or smaller portions,” she said. “People are really taking control of their health today and they want those healthy options.”
Hoover said it is helpful when restaurants post healthier options on their website menus so customers can plan ahead.
The restaurant is at 4509 North Henry Blvd.
Information: (770) 507-7988 or www.mrswinnersatl.com.