ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Long lines of customers have been forming at a Georgia restaurant that inspired the name of rock band R.E.M.’s "Automatic for the People" album.
Owner Dexter Weaver says he’s grateful for the outpouring of support for Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Foods in Athens, The Athens Banner-Herald reported.
At times, lines of customers have stretched out the door of the iconic soul food restaurant.
A utility employee showed up last week to cut off the gas to the restaurant, Weaver said. Weaver paid what he could and the business has remained open, he said.
"There have been outpours of love," Weaver said Wednesday afternoon. "Donations and all. They want to help me pay our bills."
University of Georgia President Michael Adams even stopped by for lunch, Weaver said.
Other customers have made donations or just told Weaver to keep the change and "put it toward the cause," he said.
Weaver has been running the restaurant for more than 25 years.
R.E.M. began its rise to fame in Athens, adopted Weaver’s "Automatic for the People" motto for its 1992 album.
Information from: Athens Banner-Herald.