It would be unimaginable for Augustans to talk about trademark restaurants without recognizing the long-standing Wife Saver establishment, a favorite for local gatherings. At age 12, Chris Cunningham, son of the establishment’s owner, used to walk out his front door and into the back door of the first Wife Saver restaurant that sat on the same plot as his childhood home on Milledgeville Road nearly 55 years ago. George Cunningham’s motivation to open the dining room was birthed out of the necessity to cover medical expenses for his son, Chris, who contracted polio as a child. Hard work and kindness were in the Cunningham’s bones as both son and grandkids spent most of their youthful days helping each other and the family business. Chris has memories of playing baseball in his front yard and his dad yelling for help to make biscuits for guests. And though he spent much of his childhood in hospitals awaiting surgeries and procedures to help correct the effects of polio, his sensitivity to it gave him the reputation as someone “who drops everything to help someone in need”. That kindness ended up in a Christmas Eve family tradition of bringing bicycles to needy kids in the area. Chris’ daughter, Lindsey, has fond memories of those special Santa Claus trips year after year in the community. Today, Wife Saver actively supports food donations with the Red Cross blood drives and the Ronald McDonald House.
If you got a hankering for the best fried chicken since 1965, homemade mac n cheese, savory turnip greens, fried okra and Southern-style banana pudding, Wife Saver is your spot!
Monday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., for dine-in and pick-up.
See website for locations, www.wifesaverrestaurants.com/locations/furys-ferry.
Photo courtesy of WifeSaver