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A Look Back at Junior's Grill

Who doesn’t remember their favorite greasy spoon from their college days?

There’s something about a good cheeseburger and “leaded” cup of coffee that adds something to the college experience. The fact that the food and drink do not make for optimal health almost adds to the allure.

For more than six decades, that greasy spoon at Georgia Tech was Junior’s Grill. It started out as Pilgrim’s in 1948. When new owners James Klemis and John Chaknis took over in 1958, they changed the name to Junior’s Grill. Sadly, they closed the doors in 2011 but any of us who were at GT when it was open, probably have a story that revolves around Junior's.

Junior’s was known for its burgers and chicken fingers. In 2009, the student newspaper said that grabbing a bite at Junior’s was one of 99 things every Yellow Jacket had to do before graduating.

Do you have a favorite memory of Junior's? If so, we'd like to hear about it! Go here and submit your stories or photos. We may use them in a future eLetter.

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