Rodney Walker opened his restaurant in the City of Stone Mountain on March 24 and he is looking forward to good things. Walker, who has a background in food services, took a leap of faith and made the transition from being a nine-to- five employee to becoming the sole proprietor of a business. He and his staff operate the full-service restaurant that is open from 6am to 3pm and serves breakfast and lunch. Fat Headz Diner is located at 961 Main Street.
Patch: Why did you choose this location?
Rodney Walker: The location was previously a pizzeria and when they left I felt that since it was already a restaurant for 30 years that it would be a good place to have another restaurant.
Patch: What has been the most challenging part of running your business so far?
Walker: The hardest thing has been [establishing the fact] that we have consistent business hours. [The previous restaurant had] a long standing [history] of inconsistent hours.
Patch: What has been the most rewarding experience so far?
Walker: The most rewarding thing has been the reaction to the quality of food by the customers.
Patch: What kinds of foods can we expect to find on the menu?
Walker: Well, we serve traditional breakfasts like egg omelets with chicken or pork sausages. The eggs come from range-free chickens and all come from locally grown farms. Everything is fresh. All of our flour and grits are stone-ground and gluten-free. There are no preservatives.
Patch: What advice would you give a person trying to open a business in the Stone Mountain area?
Walker: I would say do your homework. Make sure that that the product that you’re selling meets the demographic of the people that you are selling to.