There’s something special about the kind of restaurant that creates “regulars” – and treats every customer as though they are one. Mimi Gentilini, owner of Mimi’s Good Food, has created such an eatery right in Peachtree City and the number of people who consider themselves “regulars” is pretty amazing.
“I love owning this restaurant so much,” Mimi says. “I love my customers, I love meeting new people, I love joking with folks and feeding them good food that makes them feel cared for. I genuinely love being part of the community and sharing people’s lives.” Though her dad taught her to cook as a child and she always enjoyed cooking for her family, Mimi’s first restaurant ownership experience came when she and her then-husband opened the Peachtree City Huddle House in 1996. It became Mimi’s Good Food in 2011 and she’d already started to become a community gathering place when an unexpected move in 2012 brought her to her current location on Kelly Drive. Since then, the restaurant has become a true local landmark. It’s even been nicknamed the “PTC City Hall Annex.”
“People come in and watch us with other diners and say ‘Do you know all your customers?’ and I say ‘I sure try!’” she says. “Then they look around and see all the different people who come in to eat and say ‘Do you know everyone in town?’ and I say ‘I think I might.’” Customers enjoy the hot, fresh food – comfort fare like eggs, biscuits, omelets, and sandwiches – served seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. Popular dishes include Mimi’s Big Breakfast, the Wonderful Waffles, and the Philly-style wrap, plate, and omelets. She also offers a variety of salads and meals as well as a kid’s menu. Periodically, dinner specials, which she announces on her Facebook page, are available in the evening. “Sometimes I can’t believe how many eggs I break in a day,” she says. “And all on one four-burner stove! It’s a busy life, but I love every minute of it.”
Mimi suspects customers keep coming back as much for the people as the meals. She insists on friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere and she genuinely cares about every aspect of the experience. Plus, there are no strangers at Mimi’s, she says, only first-timers everyone’s glad to welcome back. “When you own a small business, you’re all in and you’re going to work as hard as you have to and try your best,” says Mimi. “You can’t help but care, and I really think that makes a difference to people. They know we’ll give them good food and take good care of them. That’s all there is to it. I think that’s what keeps people coming back. We’re friends here, so I get to spend every day among friends. And when people come to eat here, they get to have breakfast or lunch with friends, too.”
Try Mimi’s at 303-1 Kelly Drive in Peachtree City or find a menu and more at mimisgoodfood.com. Having a business that’s really part of the community you live in is a special feeling. I just love it.
Read more: Mimi was featured on the cover of Fayette Woman November 2015 issue.