ATHENS, Ga. - Most of Georgia was celebrating Tuesday with the Bulldogs win over Oklahoma New Year’s Day in the Rose Bowl, but no place was louder than in Athens.
The Grill, a staple in Athens for nearly 40 years was packed Monday night, but a day later, the energy still was seemed to linger. Everyone is family at the Grill and last night, that family came a little closer as fans piled into the iconic diner to watch the big game.
"What was it like in here? It was stacked, cultured excitement, busy, banging on the tables every ready for nationals. Beautiful. Safe to say there was no free tables. I was literally running up and down the aisles," said Tameron Colbert.
News Radio 106.7’s Christy Hutchings talked to management at the Grill Tuesday to find out exactly what it is that draws the fans to this particular restaurant.
"Grills been here since trolleys... old pics, old grill, new stuff, it's been through thick and thin," said Ben Fricks.
For people like Walker Smith, it's a place that he enjoys coming to.
"I'm from a small town... reminds us of home," said Smith
"College kids come here for the Feta fry crazy," said Fricks.
And Monday when Georgia goes up against Alabama it will be no different.
"That's the Grill, feta fries, hot cakes, they come straight here," said Colbert.
Just outside, Brett Who was singing the praises of the Bulldogs, quite literally.
Down the street at the fame UGA arches, people kept coming up to take photos, bringing newspapers and other memorabilia to set the scene.