Mother, son keep business cooking

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Many people have bought items from mom-and-pop stores. Many have used the services of father-and-son businesses. How many have dined at a mother-and-son restaurant?

Jackie McCalla and son Clinton McCalla Jr. operate Jackie M's, a Milledgeville Road restaurant that was featured in Southern Living magazine.   Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie McCalla and son Clinton McCalla Jr. operate Jackie M's, a Milledgeville Road restaurant that was featured in Southern Living magazine.

Jackie McCalla and her son Clinton McCalla Jr. hope the number will be many as word of mouth spreads about Jackie M's.

"We love what we do," Jackie McCalla said.

"You couldn't put in the hours and the work it takes to run a successful restaurant if you didn't love it," Clinton McCalla added.

Nine years ago, Jackie McCalla started the restaurant at 3308 Milledgeville Road as a catering business after taking a culinary arts course at Augusta Technical College.

Clinton McCalla joined two years ago, once it was established as a full-service restaurant, after earning a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University.

Working with his mother wasn't his first choice.

"I wanted to work in a test kitchen, but those jobs are hard to find," he said. "So when my mother offered to make me a partner, I thought it was the right thing to do. I haven't regretted a single minute of it."

Though she considers herself a good chef, Jackie McCalla said she handles more of the business duties and lets her son handle most of the cooking, especially baking.

"He doesn't think so, but he's a very good chef," she said.

The silent partner in the business is husband Clinton McCalla Sr. Though he works full time as an electrical engineer at Savannah River Site, he visits the restaurant every day.

"This is his hobby," Jackie McCalla said. "He loves being in the restaurant. He's always trying to get us to stay open later so he can spend more time here."

Clinton McCalla Sr., a Philadelphia native, was the inspiration behind one of the restaurant's most popular items: Philly cheese steak sandwiches.

"He didn't like that you couldn't get a real Philly cheese steak here," Jackie McCalla said.

Though the cheese steaks and wings are popular, the mother-son duo recently drew national attention for their cheesecakes in Southern Living magazine.

In addition to classic cheesecakes, they make red velvet, German chocolate and key lime cheesecakes.

"I guess that's kind of my speciality," Clinton McCalla Jr. said. "We're starting to get people in here more and more just for the cheesecakes, and my mother's double-crusted peach cobblers."

What draws customers to the restaurant as much as the food is the family atmosphere, Jackie McCalla said.

"Everybody here is family," she said. "If you work here, you're family. If you eat here, you're family."


Jackie and Clinton McCalla

OCCUPATION: Owners of Jackie M's restaurant

AGES: 57; 27

HOMETOWNS: Cincinnati; Martinez

FAMILY: Clinton McCalla Sr. and daughter/sister Janean McCalla

QUOTE: "Everybody here is family. If you work here, you're family. If you eat here, you're family," Jackie McCalla said.

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1941
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1941 02/01/10 - 08:50 am
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Will visit real soon!!! Love

Will visit real soon!!! Love those philly cheese steaks, from my hometown!!!!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 02/01/10 - 09:08 am
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I've heard their food was

I've heard their food was yummy. Think I'll pay a visit! When are they open... did I miss reading the business hours???? The writer missed the "when" of "who", "what", "when" and "where"!!!!!

bettyboop
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bettyboop 02/01/10 - 09:37 am
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Wow...will have to try these

Wow...will have to try these guys out!!!

veritas14
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veritas14 02/01/10 - 09:50 am
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The Philly Cheesesteak

The Philly Cheesesteak Factory on Peach Orchard Road also serves a fantasic triple threat with onions and mushrooms. Will have to try Jackie M's.

BetanInyoe
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BetanInyoe 02/01/10 - 10:38 am
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It sounds like a good place

It sounds like a good place for the "Lunch Money" blog to check out.

butler123
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butler123 02/01/10 - 11:48 am
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I'm not familiar with that

I'm not familiar with that address. Is it a safe part of town?

janeanchristina
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janeanchristina 02/01/10 - 11:48 am
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I believe the store is opened

I believe the store is opened from Monday-Saturday from 11am-8pm, the Saturday hours might be different though.
The number is 706-738-6055.

augustapoz
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augustapoz 02/01/10 - 11:55 am
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I eat their cheesecake and

I eat their cheesecake and Italian ice at First Friday....the cheesecake is always out of this world. Can't decide if I like German Chocolate or Key Lime better.

augustapoz
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augustapoz 02/01/10 - 11:56 am
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To butler123 ----it is a very

To butler123 ----it is a very safe part of town.

butler123
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butler123 02/01/10 - 12:07 pm
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Thanks we will have to try

Thanks we will have to try it.

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willie7 02/01/10 - 12:27 pm
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Will stop by and get a Philly
Unpublished

Will stop by and get a Philly cheese steak sandwich.
I read about them in the Southern Living Magazine.

lifeistoshort
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lifeistoshort 02/01/10 - 02:53 pm
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I used to eat there all the

I used to eat there all the time when I worked around there, it was awesome back then. Very nice people. I'm going to have to take a long lunch hour one day and go back over there.
veritas14 Philly Cheesesteak Factory has nothing on Jackie M's. I have been to the Philly Cheesesteak Factory twice and will never go back that place is gross and the people that work there are rude.
Go Jackie!!!

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 02/01/10 - 06:28 pm
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I can't wait to try it out!

I can't wait to try it out!

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AnnaBass 02/01/10 - 11:47 pm
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I created an account - just

I created an account - just to post on this article! I've had the pleasure of dining at Jackie M's on several occasions - even worth the trip across town. GREAT Philly Cheese Steaks! Jackie and Clinton Jr. and Sr. have created a terrific restaurant - you feel like you're eating at a friend's house - a friend that can cook that is!! OH - and I'm a credible critic - also a Johnson and Wales grad!!!

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