Wife of former Atlanta mayor remembers S&S Cafeteria: ‘A place you could see your friends’

ExploreS&S Cafeteria, the family-owned dining institution known for its southern cooking, closed its last metro Atlanta location on Sunday.

Among those looking for a final meal at the dining institution in southwest Atlanta was Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, the first wife of the late Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first black mayor.

“It was a place you could see your friends,” said Jackson-Ransom, who helms public relations and marketing firm firstClass, Inc. “You never came without seeing your friends,” said Jackson-Ransom, who has met up with friends here for decades.

On Sunday, Jackson-Ransom ran into a college sorority sister. “She was getting pecan pie. I got chess pie and pecan pie. We piled our plates and talked about old times,” said Jackson-Ransom. “We love the food and camaraderie here.”

"What I am going to miss most of all is the crackin' cornbread. It was just good. So moist. The meal: seasoned and tasty, not dry."

Jackson-Ransom’s feelings about S&S are short and sweet: “It was special.”