A nearly 30-year-old attraction with a history older than Union City itself has won the first of a series of awards from the four-year-old Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance.
Alliance board chair Shannon James Sr. recently announced the Historic Green Manor Restaurant as the inaugural recipient of its small business of the month award.
According to a news release, the honor kicks off a yearlong program to support and recognize “the unique small businesses that help define the Aerotropolis community” surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
James said in a statement the program complements the region’s Fortune 500 companies and facilities by acknowledging the role of small business owners “who help create a sense of community, who help make the Aerotropolis a destination and not just a waypoint.”
While the restaurant officially opened in 1990, according to its website, its original building dates to the early 1800s.
Farm equipment maker Drewry A. Carmichael built a “stately mansion,” the website states, on a 30-acre plantation given as a wedding gift by his new bride Cora Westbrook’s family.
He became Union City’s first mayor in 1908.
Present-day Union City Mayor Vince Williams recognized its significance.
“This restaurant is the type of landmark that cannot be found anywhere else,” he said in a statement. “It’s a part of what makes our city and this region a place where people want to go and see for themselves it and the other treasures we have in Union City and across the entirety of the Aerotropolis.”
In 1919, the landmark became a wedding present again from Dr. Albert J. Green to his new wife, prominent Fairburn resident Johnnie Hobgood.
Third-generation Greens operate the restaurant.
“It’s a part of us, and we wouldn’t be the people we are if we lived or worked someplace else,” owner Pat Green said in a statement.
His daughter, restaurant General Manager Rebekah Green DeWitt, said the family is grateful for the recognition.
“We love being a part of the growth and the excitement in the Aerotropolis,” she said in a statement. “It’s happening all around us, but we’re not going anywhere else.”
The 250-capacity restaurant serves Southern and international cuisine at its 6400 Westbrook Ave. location.