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 well-loved Fat Man’s
Forest (a store that 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 passion 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.