Sid’s in downtown Macon closes after 32 years

hgoodridge@macon.comAugust 20, 2013 

From his vantage point at 336 Second St. in downtown Macon, Bob Berg has seen a lot of competing eateries go out of business.

He opened Sid’s sandwich shop there more than three decades ago.

He called it Sid’s because famous Macon poet Sidney Lanier practiced law in the historic building in the 1800s with his father and brother.

Berg recalls the Hardee’s, a Subway, a barbecue restaurant and others opening and closing during his 32-year run as a mainstay in downtown’s restaurant landscape.

“I’ve seen a lot come and go,” he said Tuesday.

He decided to close the restaurant last week.

“We weren’t seeing the dollar volume we used to do,” he said, sitting at a table in the dining room at his second Sid’s location at 1510 Forsyth St.

He opened that one 29 years ago.

After the economy tanked about five years ago, Berg’s downtown location never recovered, he said.

Berg has been getting a lot of calls from surprised people seeing the sign posted on the door of the shuttered restaurant that reads: “Dear Friend, It is with GREAT regret that I must close this store. Thanks for 32 awesome years of support, encouragement + laughs! It has been a pleasure to serve you.”

“They’ve been calling me,” Berg said, “sad to see we’ve closed.”

It has also been sad for Berg.

“I met my wife there and my children worked (their first jobs) there,” he said. “It’s very sentimental.”

Mechel McKinley, Main Street Macon manager, said she’s sad to see the restaurant go, too.

“They were a thriving part of downtown for over three decades,” she said. “We will miss them as part of our overall dining experience downtown.”

While Berg has seen many eateries close up downtown over the years, lately he has seen a good number open and he likes their chances to survive.

“The bars that are opening will do well with lunch and in the evening ... and with alcohol, they will do well,” he said.

Sid’s, which did not carry alcohol, was only open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The (restaurants) coming in now are nice and giving the people what they want,” said Berg. “Maybe we were getting a little old.”

To contact writer Harold Goodridge, call 744-4382.

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