Meet Troy Jowers! Troy is a longtime Gainesville resident and owner of The Kitchen. Many may know Troy from his days playing East Hall Viking football.
The Kitchen, located at 984 Athens St., specializes in wings and burgers throughout the week and barbecue on the weekends. Pro tip: the smoked mac and cheese is to die for!
We want to thank Troy for spending time with us recently and telling us more about his life and love of Hall County.

Question: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
Answer: “I have always lived in Gainesville. I graduated from East Hall High School, I went to Mississippi State University in Starkville in 1992 to play football. I also studied at Murray State University in Kentucky and Le Cordon Bleu. I played defense and outside linebacker. I have two daughters ages 24  and 25 and one son who attends Banks County High School.”

Q: What inspired you to led you to your current career?
A: “My mother passed in 2012 and I had gotten interested in cooking school and I filled out a form and they called and were persistent, so I took her up on it. I was 42 when I went and graduated two years later and then came back to Gainesville.”

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Hall County?
A: “Well, the people.”

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
A: “I really don’t have a favorite, I don’t eat out that much but I do like fish and seafoods.”

Q: What is your favorite movie or the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “We used to go to the drive-in theater, we watched Bruce Lee kind of movies but the first movie that I really went to a movie theater was the first original ‘Superman,’ if I’m not mistaken, back then we went to Royal Theater.”

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
A: “I have always lived in Gainesville.”

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “To go to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas and take a helicopter tour.”

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
A: “I would have to say Ken Davis, he was my coach at East Hall. We spent a lot of time together and read the newspaper every morning in class. I remember his daughter Katie B. Davis as the ball girl. I can’t say enough about Coach Davis.”

Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “I really want to open a sports bar in the next five years.”

Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Peace, Peace of mind and Relaxation.”

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “West Coast, I really wouldn’t mind moving to Houston. I did a lot of travel there when I was younger.”

Q: What was one of your most memorable games at Mississippi State University?
A: “There’s nothing like walking onto the field at a Tennessee game!”

Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
A: “My mom had eight kids, I’m the oldest, and we didn’t go out to eat much, maybe once or twice a month, we would go to the Woolworth on the square.”