Wilson’s Soul Food has been a fixture at Athens’ Hot Corner since it opened in 1981. Angelish Wilson co-owns the traditional Southern lunch spot with her brother, Homer, but handles the restaurant’s day-to-day operations herself, which makes her one of downtown’s more visible characters.
On running a restaurant:
I love to cook, and I love to see people eat. And also, when I put love into what I’m doing, then you have people come in, and they’ll be down-and-out, and before they leave here, they have love within themâ€¦ Eating food, like home-cooked food or “homebody food,” puts that nourishment back into you, and puts that jump back into you! So, it’s all out of love.
On her role in the community:
I can sum it up by saying that young girls need women that they can look up to. So, I try to be that beaconâ€¦ I tend to steer them in the right direction if I get a chance to talk to them, or to be that role model in the community. Because I am a single mom, and my aim is to let people knowâ€”young girls knowâ€”that even though they’re single, and they have kids, they, too, can raise successful kids.
Last year in April, the O Magazine called, wanting to interview me, so I was in Oprah’s magazine in the July issue, and also, in May, Gardens and Guns calledâ€¦ They came down to interview me and I was selected [to be pictured] on the front cover of the July issue with my cherry pie.
My brother, Homer Wilson, he and I work together good, you know, we get along. And also, my mom, Elizabeth Wilson, she’s a guide in our lifeâ€¦ Our daddy shaped and molded us to be independentâ€¦ whatever you wanted in life, you had to go out and get it. You had to do it honestlyâ€¦ To see him raise 15 kidsâ€”and I have two, so I know I can do two!
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