Athens eatery with R.E.M. ties sees outpouring of support

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Long lines of customers have been forming at a Georgia restaurant that inspired the name of rock band R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People" album.

Owner Dexter Weaver tells The Athens Banner-Herald that he's grateful for the outpouring of support for Weaver D's Delicious Fine Foods in Athens. At times, lines of customers have stretched out the door of the iconic soul food restaurant.

Weaver said a utility employee showed up last week to cut off the gas to the restaurant. Weaver says he paid what he could and the business has remained open.

Weaver has been running the restaurant for more than 25 years.

R.E.M. began its rise to fame in Athens, adopted Weaver's "Automatic for the People" motto for its 1992 album.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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