Tracey Gates (left) of Busy Bee Cafe being interviewed by Southern Kitchen's Mike Jordan
The story of Busy Bee Cafe is deeply woven into the fabric of Atlanta history. Famed for its unfailingly good fried chicken and other soul food standards, Busy Bee has made regulars of visitors far and wide.
It has a long-established reputation for making every guest feel like a local, whether they're presidential candidates, Civil Rights Movement leaders, global music celebrities or just members of Atlanta’s West End and Vine City communities, who’ve lived within walking distance long before the arrival of the city’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is just down the street on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Associate Editor Mike Jordan recently stopped by Busy Bee on the way to work to talk with owner and chef Tracy Gates, whose family has operated the cafe for more than 30 years. While the kitchen prepared to meet the immediate rush of guests, who stormed the doors as soon as they were unlocked for lunch service, Gates spoke about the secrets of soul food, staying true to the neighborhood, and what it takes to run a restaurant famous for serving world leaders.
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