Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.
Dearfolk, When I worked at Peaches Records on Peachtree Street in Atlanta (1975-76), we used to trundle down to Mellow Mushroom's old Spring Street location. High As I Can Go, Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia.
Whoops! I put together an answer here, but just erased it because I need new glasses and hit the wrong key! -- Let me try again.
Imagine my glee during a recent thrift store outing when I ran across a paperback book from June, 1976 entitled "101 Restaurants -- An Insiders Guide To Atlanta Dining" by then-Atlanta Gazette restaurant critic Harold V. Shumacher. Here is what he had to say about The Mellow Mushroom.
"1193 Spring St., N/W - Atlanta; 6218 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs; 4850 Buford Hwy. - Chamblee.
"The Mellow Mushroom has justifiably assumed its position as Atlanta's pizza king, offering the finest pies currently available in the city.
"The first Mushroom was begun 2-1/2 years ago by two enterprising Georgia Tech students on the fringe of the school's campus. The small former liquor store became an instant success drawing patrons from throughout the metro area.
"The Mushroom's secret is a thin crusted but firm pie generously covered with cheese, a zesty tomato sauce, and a variety of toppings. A recommended choice is the spicy, freshly made sausage in combination with any of the vegetable choices ($3.75-$5.25 medium, $4.75-$7 large).
"Besides pizza, the Mushroom offers some of Atlanta's largest and tastiest sandwiches. Either the ham and cheese ($1.60) or the cheese steak, thin slices of beef, mozzarela cheese, and sauteed peppers and onions served on crusty French bread ($1.80), are recommended. Other sandwiches include tuna fish, roast beef, and a vegetarian special concocted from sprouts, mushrooms, cheese and onions ($1.60-$2)."
There you have it. The original Spring Street location opened roughly September, 1973. The Roswell Road location is also still there, but the Buford Highway one is long gone, replaced probably by a wondrous Chinese or other ethnic eatery.
Counting company-owned stores and franchised locations together, there are 29 more M. M.'s in the Atlanta free calling area as of late 2004 (the newest phonebook I could access -- they're becoming a dinosaur, y'know).
Just wanted to toss that in, like pizza dough.
Pieing The Type (But Not This Time!), Ort. Carlton in Amazing Athens, Georgia.
P. S. I used to joke that my typewriter came from Cross Keys High School. Tee hee.