A family Owned and Operated Tradition

In 1960, Essie Strickland opened Strickland’s on Broad Street in the small town of Athens, Georgia. In 1975, Paul Strickland at the young age of 36 purchased the restaurant from his Aunt Essie and a couple of years later, moved it to East Broad Street, just down and across from the famous UGA Arch.


Strickland’s became known as an Athens staple feeding everyone from blue collar workers to professors to managers to students to juries... and even a few judges and mayors too!

In 1995, the downtown location relocated to where is is now on the Atlanta Highway. In 1997, the building was remodeled and enlarged to what Strickland’s is today.

Paul's son Mike Strickland joined the business in 1998, at the same age Paul when he bought the business from his Aunt. Mike brought with him a background in corporate catering.

In 2012, Brett Strickland joined the restaurant team, and continues the Strickland’s family legacy alongside his father. Paul can still be found at the Strickland’s Liar’s Table* at some point almost every day.

* The “Liars Table” is so named because of the tall tales and Southern sass coming from a table of customers who are so regular, we’ve started to think of them as family.

Today, Strickland's reaches out to the greater Athens region as it grows and expands with its ever-growing University scene and new corporate relocations!