Panhandle eating tradition will soon have a new lease on life. Over the summer, the owners of Mamie’s Restaurant in downtown Defuniak Springs closed its doors.
The eatery had served customers in the county seat of Walton County for nearly 60 years. It’s a favorite spot for local, state, and national politicians stumping for votes.
Jay and Mary Mabry have bought the business and have renamed it "Smokey J Cafe". The couple says both residents and out-of-town folks requested that the landmark be reopened.
Smokey J is at the intersection of highways 90 and 83. It's scheduled to open one week from today, on October 1st.
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