The Usry family’s business roots run deep in Augusta.
In the 1940s, Horace Usry—the original “Fat Man”—took
over his father’s grocery store and changed the name
to Fat Man’s Corner. This eventually became the wellloved Fat Man’s Forest which sold gifts and seasonal
decor. Horace’s son, Brad, drove Fat Man’s Forest
and Fat Man’s Chow to success in the ‘80s, and this
eventually led him to open his first of many restaurants,
Cotton Row Café. Brad’s son, Havird, grew up in these
kitchens helping his dad and grandmother, Carolyn Usry, a former Augusta City
Councilwoman. Havird now serves as a partner, but the hands-on exposure to life in
the kitchen fueled Hav’s passions of both business and culinary arts.
Featuring soul-good food, Fat Man’s is renowned for its southern fare—including the best squash casserole in town. Located at historic Enterprise Mill, Fat Man’s Mill Café has enjoyed widespread growth and demand. The Usry’s goal is to bring southern hospitality to the world through their lunches, catering, venues and service, and they keep doing just that… one dish at a time.