JMA grad bringing a Sandersville tradition to Milledgeville
After several construction delays and one global pandemic, the Dairy Lane is off and running at its new location in Milledgeville.
The restaurant, located on North Jefferson Street near the railroad tracks, held a soft opening earlier this week and then was scheduled to open its doors to the public today (Thursday).
Located in the old Church’s Chicken building, Dairy Lane will feature both dine-in and drive-thru service. The restaurant initially will open at 11 a.m. daily, with the goal of opening earlier for breakfast within a month or two.
Dairy Lane is an old-fashioned hamburger and milkshake restaurant with old-fashioned prices. Along with burgers and ice cream, also on the menu are pulled pork sandwiches, barbecue chicken plates, chicken sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, country ham sandwiches, biscuits and chicken tenders. Listed as “sides” are fries, onion rings, mashed potatoes, potato salad, cole slaw and chili.
The Milledgeville location will be the business’ second, joining the one on the “four lane” in Sandersville, which has been in operation since 1953. Ben Walters, now deceased, purchased the business from the original owner in 1995. Now, a second generation of Walters is at the controls. B.T. Walters, Ben’s son, was forced to grow up fast. His father first became sick when he was a senior in high school, and his father passed away when he was a senior in college. In between, B.T. Walters learned the ropes and figured out the day-to-day operations of the Dairy Lane.
“After my father became sick, we knew that it was bad. He came to me and told me that I had to step up,” Walters said. “At this point, I just want to do something that would make him proud.”