More than 15 years ago, Georgia Bob’s opened a barbecue business in the parking lot of a convenience store in Warner Robins.
After the first of the year, the company expects to open a restaurant in Forsyth — its eighth location in the state, said Jennifer Cox, who is co-owner with Bob Evans of Southern Food Management Inc., the franchisor.
The store at 114 East Johnston St. is expected to open Jan. 6.
“We may make it and we might not, but we’re working as aggressively as we can to make it,” Cox said.
It will be a franchise of Georgia Bob’s and owned by Missy and Jason Joseph. Missy Joseph is Bob Evans’ daughter and Jason is from Forsyth. The couple also own the restaurant on Riverside Drive in Macon.
“Jason has always wanted (a store in Forsyth),” Cox said. “A large number of customers come from Forsyth to the Macon store.”
The company also has one store each in Byron, Dublin, Perry, Milledgeville and two stores in Warner Robins.
The new location was most recently occupied by 478 Country Buffet and won’t require a lot of renovation, Cox said.
“We will be adding a drive-thru window, and ... fine-tuning it and transforming it to be our Georgia Bob’s decor and changing it to our image,” she said.
The restaurant is expected to employ about 15 people, and applicants may download an application from www.georgiabobs.com. Further instructions are included on the website.
The Forsyth store is expected to be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
“We are going to be bringing a lot of awesome fundraising and community involvement to that area,” Cox said. “There are a lot of good things we want to bring to Monroe County and Forsyth.”
Georgia Bob’s got its start at festivals and then opened in the parking lot of the Flash Foods on Russell Parkway in 2002. It became a sit-down restaurant there, which is still in operation. The company was featured on “BBQ Pitmasters” TV show in 2012.