Tifton Gazette

Local News

December 1, 2009

Tifton restaurant owner loses Sonny’s franchise

TIFTON — Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q on U.S. Highway 82 West is now The Smokehouse Restaurant because local franchise owner Bill Davis refused to sell beer, wine or liquor in the “family restaurant.” Also, the Sonny’s corporation didn’t believe it was appropriate for employees there to wear “I Pledge...I Pray” T-shirts at work.

Rather than change his operation, Davis said Tuesday he decided to “stand up for God.” He said he has nothing against the Sonny’s organization and can’t understand why his decision has brought him so much attention.

“All I did was say I was standing up for God,” Davis said. “This should be a normal everyday thing. This should not be the event it has become.”

Davis said the company has been “super nice” over the 22 years he’s owned the Sonny’s Restaurant franchise in Tifton.

“They are very professional people and they have been very helpful, and they did a world of good for us and helped us build what we have today,” Davis said.

Davis said his 20-year license for his Sonny’s franchise expired two years ago. He drove to Orlando to the Sonny’s headquarters in February 2008 to meet with officials there; he said the company offered a new agreement with the stipulation that he sell beer, wine and liquor drinks in the restaurant.

“I just told them we didn’t want to,” Davis said. “They didn’t understand because they acted like that was the future of restaurants.”

The Sonny’s president, according to Davis, backed off the mandate that the Tifton restaurant sell liquor and offered Davis a two-year contract extension to decide if he would sell wine and beer. The president also told Davis that he might want to consider selling the restaurant, closing it or turning it into another business.

Text Only
Local News
  • osby.tif SPD apprehends Ty Ty youth in connection with shootings

    A 17-year-old Ty Ty resident has been charged in connection with the shootings Saturday in Sylvester.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • main art_kids on bus.tif Sales tax holiday coming up this weekend

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tifton visitor robbed at gunpoint

    A robbery and aggravated assault, as well as several vehicle break-ins, were reported to local law enforcement earlier this week.
    According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, Officer Terry McStott reported at 11:54 p.m. Tuesday that he was sent to Love's Truck Stop in reference to investigate a robbery and assault.

    July 31, 2014

  • Melody Tawzer - Master Teacher Experience - July 2014.tif MTC Tifton’s Tawzer gains experience as Master Teacher

    Accounting instructor Melody Tawzer represented Moultrie Technical College’s Tifton Campus as 40 instructors from throughout the Technical College System of Georgia gathered for the first Georgia Master Teacher Experience. The event was held in Thomasville at Southwest Georgia Technical College the week of June 8-12.
    GMTE is designed to bring TCSG teachers together for an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange. The Master Teacher forum is an experiential learning event developed by teachers for teachers.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • ABAC-Logo.jpg Foundation awards scholarships to 262 students

    A total of 262 students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will receive over $350,000 in scholarships from the ABAC Foundation when classes begin for the fall semester on Aug. 13. 

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3 for 1.jpg Gospel sing to be held at Tift Theatre Aug. 9

    Easter Seals Day Solutions is presenting a gospel sing Aug. 9 at the Tift Theatre.
    The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the singing will start at 6 p.m., featuring local gospel groups The Faithful Servants and Three 4 One.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • DOT suspends roadwork this weekend for sales tax holiday

    Shoppers will get a break from road construction this weekend to go along with the state’s suspension of the sales tax for school supplies, clothing and computer equipment.

    July 30, 2014

  • TRHS to close long-term care unit

    A rapidly changing health care environment and available bed capacity by local skilled nursing facilities in the community are among the reasons Tift Regional Health System will close its Transitional Care Center at Tift Regional Medical Center by Oct. 1, hospital officials have announced.  TRMC will no longer admit patients to the Transitional Care Center, effective this past Monday.

    July 30, 2014

  • churn off.tif Fergusons win Churn Off

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • sunset 1 7-30.tif United Way celebrates 50th anniversary

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Seasonal Content
Business Marquee
Weather Radar
Video
SW Ga. Sacred Harp group at Folklife Festival in Tifton
Balloons released in Fitzgerald honoring fallen balloonist
Riding the Steam Train at Ga. Museum of Agriculture
Poll

Do you plan to watch any of the Republican National Convention?

Yes
No
     View Results
Poll

Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

No
Yes
     View Results
Poll

Do you plan to watch any of the Republican National Convention?

Yes
No
     View Results
Poll

Do you plan to watch any of the Republican National Convention?

Yes
No
     View Results
Poll

Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

No
Yes
     View Results
Poll

Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

No
Yes
     View Results