After running Pop’s Place for over fifteen year, Mr. Willis ‘Pops’ Weatherford and his wife Gloria have decided to retire from the restaurant business and enjoy some well-deserved rest.
Pops has also ceded the management of the dog shelter to Leisa Plummer. Although he will still be remotely involved, she will be responsible for organizing volunteers, for receiving donations as well as taking care of dogs rescue and adoption.
“I needed a break from the shelter after running it for three years, explained Mr. Weatherford, “but I wanted to let people know that the shelter is alive and well and that there are lots of puppies ready for adoption.”
Pop’s Place opened in 1997 as a take- out focusing on rotisserie chicken. To cater to the local clientele, the restaurateur also added fried chicken, wings and nuggets with the traditional side dishes of macaroni, french fries and cole slaw.
Mr. Weatherford started his career in the food business by opening the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Nassau in 1966; then the one in Marsh Harbour in 1978. After that he was off to Freeport, New York and back to Freeport, still working at the famous fast food restaurant.
“I spent forty seven years in the restaurant business”, said Pops. “It is time for me to take some time off and relax, but I wanted to let people know that Pop’s Place was closed and thank my customers for their patronage over the years.
The restaurant will reopen under new ownership, but it is not known yet under which name.
After relaxing until the end of the year, Pops plans to return to his hobby of building boat models out of wood. He also work with the local lime stone, making ashtrays, fountains and even garden tables.