Good II The Bone...  more than BBQ
By Beth Volpert-Johansen

Many family-owned businesses choose names that have deep meaning, and Good II The Bone is no different. Chef Michael and Simone Jones share a history that runs deep with meaning and family that shows their food is absolutely good to the bone delicious.  

The menu unfolds as a story that tells the history of two strong individuals who came together to form a family and open a restaurant that pays homage to their histories. It is a moving story, blessed with riches beyond the cash till. 

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For Simone, the early days of motherhood were tough. She depended upon family, most especially her grandmother, when she could not take care of her girls. “The Nana Burger is named for her,” says Simone. “I was finally able to take care of her the way she took care of us.” After years in the collections business, Simone suddenly found herself without a job or direction. “I panicked in the unemployment office when they suggested I go back to school,” recalls Simone. After some baby steps, Simone settled on Beulah Heights University. The school offered a small, personal setting and Simone decided to pursue religious studies, but still needed a job. She applied for a nanny position. “I was originally hired to help organize and clean up around the house,” says Simone. “My pay rose, the relationship grew and the little boy I care for now calls me “Grandma.” 

Chef Michael spent many years in corporate restaurants. “I got tired of bottom line stuff,” says Michael. “I wanted to be on my own.” The hard working entrepreneur started selling food from his car. He got a grill and that took him to an entirely different level of food. “I didn’t realize that people really love barbeque,” asys Michael. “A man from Snellville mentioned it was good to the bone and the name stuck.” 

It was only natural for the pair to want a storefront as their own and Michael had been watching a particular spot in the Centerville/Snellville Kroger shopping center for many years. “God made it so we could get it,” says Michael. “The people Simone works for decided to invest and we now have the restaurant we dreamed about in our own community.”

Although the restaurant serves their delicious, signature BBQ, the menu offers a great deal more through daily specials and catering. “We have a variety to please everyone,” says Michael. “I am blessed to have a knack for cooking; over the years, I believe I got pretty good at it.” The community agrees that he is more than “pretty good at it” and have been very supportive of the grand opening of Good II the Bone. Take a look at their website at www.good2thebone.com  to view the variety of choices on the menu that tells the story of Michael and Simone and the food that brings them a life of faith, family and flavor. 

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