Southern Roost

Weathersby to open Southern Roost, close Blackshear’s Jerry J’s

Southern Roost Restaurant will be “hatching” soon in Blackshear.

Concept 99 Group, owners of Jerry J’s and Hog-N-Bones restaurants, will be launching the new restaurant sometime in the fall of this year. Construction on the flagship location on U.S. Highway 84 in front of Piggly Wiggly is slated to begin in coming weeks.

With the construction of the new restaurant, Jerry J’s of Blackshear, located in the Cotton Exchange, will be closing.

James Weathersby, owner of Southern Roost, says the main ingredient of the new restaurant will be chicken. Weathersby says it is important to him that the flagship store be launched in Blackshear, his hometown.

First “hatched” in 2018, Weathersby says he, his family and the corporate team at Concept 99 Group saw the opportunity to start a new concept  featuring the same great breakfast found at Jerry J’s or Hog-n-Bones, with a simple lunch and supper menu that would appeal to all ages.

“By keeping the menu ‘simple’, we wanted to be able to offer a few fantastic items that have been thoroughly tested and developed. So, our Corporate team did tons of research, testing, and community input to come up with the idea of Southern Roost,” Weathersby says.

Weathersby says the team set out to find “the perfect chicken” and combine it with a comfortable atmosphere and a family-friendly menu.

“We have developed our own special recipe of marinated fingers and chicken filets that will be hand-breaded in our unique proprietary breader. As far as sauces go, we have a few “house” sauces you can only find at Southern Roost, as well as sauces you already know and love,” Weathersby says.

He says his most important desire is to serve quality over quantity with exceptional customer service.

“We often tell our team members lots of restaurants have “good food”, but having good food, a smiling face, and “wow” customer service is what every customer should feel and experience when they walk through our doors. We like to refer to it as “rolling out the red carpet” for our guests, because they absolutely deserve the best,” Weathersby adds.

Weathersby and the Concept  99 Group are sad to see the local Jerry J’s close, but excited about their newest adventure, too.

“While it is sad to be saying goodbye to Jerry J’s in Blackshear after so many great years, we are very excited to bring the first Southern Roost to a reality in Blackshear,” Weathersby continues.

Weathersby explained while he would have loved to continue operating Jerry J’s, it was necessary to close the older restaurant because they would be serving the same breakfast in the same town. Southern Roost will serve a different lunch and supper menu than Jerry J’s.

“We are excited about this new venture,” he said. “We want to thank each and every one of our Jerry J’s customers. They have all been loyal to our business since they welcomed us 16 years ago in 2005. Our customers in Blackshear made Jerry J’s their ‘Hometown destination’ for breakfast and country cooking. We don’t take our customers lightly, because they are the reason Jerry J’s has been a huge success.”

 Jerry J’s, owned by James’ father, Jerry Weathersby, opened its first location in 1985. The restaurant converted to Jerry J’s Country Cafe in 2002.  

Concept 99 Group, the parent company of Jerry J’s, Hog-N-Bones and now Southern Roost, features 10 locations throughout the area. In addition to the inaugural Southern Roost, Hog-N-Bones is scheduled to open new locations this year in Hinesville, Kingsland, Valdosta and Baxley.

“We are hoping to continue to grow the brands with a combination of more franchises and corporate-owned stores. God bless, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in our new Southern Roost restaurant,” Weathersby said.

Weathersby, his wife, Brittany, and sons, Easton, Dalton and CJ, are residents of Blackshear.