Fried chicken, catfish, sweet potato pie, and mac and cheese, these are the stuff that dreams are made of for entrepreneur George Green Jr.
Inspired by his mom’s cooking and her dream to run a restaurant someday, Green opened George’s Chicken and Fish in Sun Prairie last month.
“I’m trying to make my mom’s dream and my dreams come true at the same time,” Green said of his new business venture.
Diners who stop by the North Bristol Street restaurant will find a menu of soul food that has roots in southern cooking, plus other all-American favorites.
The highlights are fried chicken and fish, all seasoned to perfection and cooked to order. Fans say the restaurant’s signature mild sauce is addicting, asking Green and his staff to drench their chicken in the stuff.
Corn on the cob, green beans, fried okra, spaghetti, onion rings and more are all offered as sides. Diners can also satisfy their sweet tooth with banana pudding or sweet potato pie.
Green said this type of soul food can be found in Chicago and on Madison’s south side but it’s something that was lacking in Sun Prairie. After checking out the local dining scene and seeing Sun Prairie’s booming growth, he knew this was the city to set down his restaurant roots.
“We are bringing good flavor to Sun Prairie,” he said. “Now that we are here, people are flocking to the restaurant.”
Green’s favorite menu items are the Philly cheesesteak and catfish. There’s also cold subs, burgers, breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, and Chicago-style polish sausage, a nod to a favorite item from a city where he lived as a kid.
There’s also combo plates and daily specials, including Friday fish fry. Green says prices are affordable, ranging from $2.99 to $11.99 for chicken and fish meals that include fries and a drink. Sandwich meals are $2.99-$9.99.
Green, who used to own a construction company, said he was playing with the idea of opening a clothing store in Sun Prairie but quickly changed his mind when he saw the former Porktropolis location vacant.
He remodeled the space, adding the restaurant’s trademark green color to the walls and spruced up the interior with a TV and kid’s area. His mom, Lillie, and dad, George Sr., who serves as a silent partner, were elated as they saw the place take shape.
As a family-run business, Green’s staff includes his brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews. While he said it’s a challenge, now being the boss of his family, it’s been a success so far, and he wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Whether I succeed or fail, there is nobody else I would rather be doing this with than my family,” Green said.
As a new business owner, Green has taken to really listening to customer’s feedback. He has a long list of items he’s adding to the menu based on customer’s request—rib tips, hushpuppies, chicken and waffles, and ocean perch, to name just a few.
“I put together the idea for this restaurant and menu in my own head and what I wanted, now it’s time for the people to tell me what they want,” Green said.
He welcomes the comments and suggestions.
“If something isn’t right, I want people to tell me, we won’t be able to please everyone and make changes overnight, but we can try,” he says.
Green also has something special planned for the upcoming holidays.
On Thanksgiving day, there will be a soul food platter special, featuring turkey or ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yam, collard greens, baked beans and other favorites, all available for dine-in or carry out from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
So far the restaurant has been getting good word-of-mouth advertising with people recommending friends and family stop by and check the place out.
Green who wears the company logo on his hat and shirt, says people often stop him on the street to ask about George’s Chicken and Fish. He invites people down to his restaurant to check out his home cooked food, repeating his catchy restaurant slogan.
“We’ve got what you been missing,” Green said.
George’s Chicken and Fish
1112 N. Bristol St.
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Sunday closed.
For more information: Find out more info and daily specials on Facebook.