Well, of COURSE. Two people named Collier are going to be curious about a relatively new restaurant called Collier’s on Main. My dad (Tom COLLIER) lives in Troy, AL, and I (Connie COLLIER Pearson) have been able to spend a good bit of time with him there lately. And eating has been a regular activity. Brundidge is about 8 miles down Hwy. 231 from his house. We found Collier’s on Main in downtown Brundidge recently and enjoyed our meal, the atmosphere, and the people who work there a lot. We tried in vain to establish a branch of our family tree in common with the owners, however.
We were looking for our “main meal of the day,” so we opted for the meat and vegetables plates. It was very tasty. However, after talking later with Mo Caraway, the owner, next time I will try the fresh homemade salads that are her favorite items served at lunch. Specifically the greens, the homemade chicken salad and pimento cheese, and the tropical fruit medley. The dinner menu is extensive — from chicken and waffles to shrimp alfredo with many other possibilities in between. But, Mo recommends their steaks specifically which are served with a salad and a choice of side ranging from normal choices to sauteed spinach to garlic roasted red potatoes and beyond.
Mo proudly showed me the outdoor patio in the back. Now that the weather is warming up, many diners will want to eat there. She also pointed to a brand new event center within a stone’s throw of the restaurant. There are already a number of reunions and weddings on the schedule. She mentioned 14 crystal chandeliers. I bet it’s beautiful!
If you want to hear a fun story, ask Mo about how the restaurant got its name. In her opinion — which is probably justified — Brundidge should have been named Collier or at least something similar. In fact, Mr. George C. Collier owned a general store just a few doors down from where the restaurant now sits. And, for awhile, the community around that store was simply known as “Collier’s Store.” Mo wants to acknowledge and recognize that heritage. I think it is also telling that the restaurant’s logo says “Est. 2015.” Collier’s on Main opened in September of 2015, and I believe that means they hope to thrive for many years to come.
The decor and vibe is vintage in every sense of the word. Exhibit A is this short description on their menu and website: The wood in our table tops, on the main dining wall and the front of the bar have been re-purposed from the building and are decades old. Our floors evidence some character from the original construction and may cause your table or chair to rock a little. We are able to level the tables to work with the extra character of the floor. As for your chair, there is no extra charge for the rocking chair if you should wind up on one.” Ha! I love it. To me, that says, “We like our place and hope you’ll accept it just as it is.”
Collier’s on Main is open Tuesday and Wednesday until 2:00 and all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check out the website for more information.