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Weezy’s opens in Johns Creek

by Jennifer Chapman

January 15, 2009

Sanford Sanford stands in front of a photo of his mother in his new restaurant, Weezy’s Movin’ On Up Cafe Jazz & BBQ in Johns Creek. The restaurant is named for his mother, Emmy Award winner Isabel Sanford, known for her role as Louise "Weezy" Jefferson on the TV sitcom "The Jeffersons."
JOHNS CREEK - Sanford Sanford said he's trying to bring a little bit of Hollywood to the South.

He's the owner of one of Johns Creek's newest businesses, Weezy's Movin' On Up Cafe Jazz & BBQ, and Sanford happens to be the son of a Tinseltown star - Isabel Sanford, who's known for her role as Louise "Weezy" Jefferson on the TV sitcom "The Jeffersons."

"I named it after (Isabel Sanford) - it's a known name and it's a tribute to her," said Sanford. Photos of Isabel Sanford decorate the red brick interior walls of Weezy's, as well as several other celebrities and prominent figures.

Sanford, an 8-year Johns Creek resident, said he opened Weezy's to give area residents "something more than what you typically expect" when dining out.

Sanford, a professional musician, said the stage where musical acts perform is one of the highlights of Weezy's.

"You're going to walk away with a good experience," said Sanford.

Live music and dancing is offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Sundays is an open mic night - musicians, vocalists and poets are welcomed to perform.

Sanford said he often accompanies the musicians on stage - he's a highly experienced percussionist. "I love getting up here on stage," he said.

And while the economic times are challenging, Sanford said business at the restaurant on Medlock Bridge Road has been going well.

He added that while other Johns Creek restaurants have shut their doors, he hopes Weezy's does well because it has something special.

"In this time of recession, people need to still be able to get away and not spend a lot of money," said Sanford. "We're moderately priced so people can afford to come here."

Sanford said area residents won't have to drive to Buckhead or Atlanta to get good food and live entertainment.

"It's all right here," he said.

He said the barbecue ribs are the biggest seller on the menu. A full slab costs $22.95 and a half slab costs $12.95.

Other entrees like catfish, tilapia and salmon cost $10.95. Weezy's also offers appetizers, salads, sandwiches and an array of Southern side items.

Sanford said several of the menu items are his mother's recipes.

The restaurant is having an inauguration celebration Tuesday, Jan. 20, in honor of President-elect Barack Obama. And, an official grand opening ceremony of Weezy's will be held Jan. 22.

For more information, call 770-496-4363 or visit