Bob Jackson, owner of the Gastonia, NC landmark Jackson’s Cafeteria, passed away Thursday night in his sleep. He was 86. He was discovered by Sarah, his wife of almost seventy years.
Jackson opened Jackson’s Cafeteria in Gastonia in 1973 in the Akers Center shopping center. The restaurant moved to Gaston Mall, where it stayed for almost twenty years until redevelopment forced the restaurant back to Akers Center in 2007. Although Jackson once owned as many as ten restaurants, he eventually scaled them back to just three Jackson’s Cafeteria locations (the other two are in Shelby, NC and Rock Hill, SC).
The restaurant is so beloved that some employees have been there for twenty years, and some of the restaurant’s clientele are known to eat there twice a day.
God bless, Mr Jackson! You will be missed!
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