Barbecue restaurant opens downtown

Sandwiched between Blackbird Coffee and Buffington’s Burger Lounge sits downtown’s newest addition – GeorgiaBob’s Barbecue Co. 

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Milledgeville locals attend the opening of GeorgiaBob’s Barbecue Co. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The event coincided with the Deep Roots Festival and attracted customers in downtown Milledgeville. GeorgiaBob’s Barbecue was opened in part by Jeff Hornsby, Georgia College alumnus.

Opened, in part, by Georgia College Alumnus Jeff Hornsby, GeorgiaBob’s promises to bring a “true southern experience” to Milledgeville.

GeorgiaBob’s Barbecue Co. has locations across Georgia, including Macon, Byron and Warner Robins. Hornsby worked as a manager at the Byron location of GeorgiaBob’s, and it was Hornsby who expressed interest in expanding the GeorgiaBob’s franchise through opening a restaurant in Milledgeville.

In February 2011 Hornsby, along with partners Robert Evans III, who GeorgiaBob’s was named after, Jennifer Cox, Ron Hornsby and Donna Hornsby, made the final decision that a GeorgiaBob’s Barbecue restaurant would open in Milledgeville.

“Because we elected to open in a building where a restaurant had previously resided it simplified our opening requirements with respect to the ‘site’ requirements,” Cox said. “It took approximately four weeks to modify the current facility to accommodate our restaurant requirements.”

Casey Leech, junior business major, has been looking forward to the opening of GeorgiaBob’s for a long time.

“When I heard Pig in a Pit was closing I was really upset because it was the only barbecue restaurant downtown,” Leech said. “But when I heard GeorgiaBob’s was going to be opening there I was really excited to know that there would still be a good barbecue place downtown.”

The grand opening of the restaurant was Saturday, Oct. 22, which also coincided with GC’s Family Day and the Deep Roots Festival. Although it was quite a chaotic opening weekend, the staff at GeorgiaBob’s felt it was a success.

“We worked very hard to ensure we could open for the festival and enjoy the opportunity to meet the many wonderful

people that attended this festival,” Cox said. “We were very satisfied at the results of this first experience. We are hopeful our customers enjoyed their GeorgiaBob’s experience and will visit Milledgeville or one of the other locations soon in the future.”

GeorgiaBob’s is looking forward to not only serving residents and businesses in the Milledgeville area, but also the GC community. The restaurant offers many services including dine-in, take-out, specialized catering and bulk delivery. Additionally, the Milledgeville location of GeorgiaBob’s will soon be honoring the Bobcat Card as well as other special programs for GC students. “An important part of the mission of GeorgiaBob’s is to support our local communities and our country,” Cox said. “‘Georgia Bob’ Evans is a very patriotic and people-oriented person who truly believes that he and his team at GeorgiaBob’s can make a difference not only in the community but also in the country.”

For more information about GeorgiaBob’s barbecue, including a downloadable menu, online ordering and job applications,visit

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