New management at Cobbs Creek restaurant

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Dec 12, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Photo: Amy Hudgins is the new manager of Farmhouse Restaurant and Deli in Cobbs Creek. Owners Jonnie and Perry Forrest have relocated to Ashland. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Amy Hudgins is the new manager of Farmhouse Restaurant and Deli in Cobbs Creek. Owners Jonnie and Perry Forrest have relocated to Ashland. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Farmhouse Restaurant and Deli in Cobbs Creek is under new management.

Amy Hudgins of Cobbs Creek has taken over the day-to-day operations of the restaurant. Owner Jonnie Forrest and her family have relocated to Ashland for a job opportunity for her husband, Perry.

Hudgins said that Perry Forrest will continue to do the smoking for the restaurant’s barbecue, brisket, and ribs, and that much of the menu will remain the same, including Jonnie Forrest’s popular spaghetti.

However, Hudgins said she will now be making the sides according to her own recipes, including potato salad, macaroni salad, baked potato and green beans. She will also offer daily specials of such off-menu items as homemade soups, specialty sandwiches, and casseroles. Among the sandwiches will be a Rodeo Burger with onion rings, pickles, and barbecue sauce and a chicken Caesar sandwich. Casserole specials might include tuna noodle, hamburger, or chicken and biscuits, among others.

While her dessert menu will continue to feature Forrest’s popular Swiss chocolate cake, coconut pineapple cake and pound cake, Hudgins said she’ll be adding some of her own homemade desserts, as well.

The restaurant will now serve breakfast on weekends, from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The breakfast menu will include a range of sandwiches and platters made of such breakfast favorites as eggs, a variety of breakfast meats, French toast, pancakes, home fries, fried apples, grits, ribeye and country steak.

“We’ll be working out the menu as we go,” said Hudgins.

She added that Edison and Company will still be entertaining on occasion with live music.

A Middlesex County native, Hudgins said she has been cooking for 20 years, with lengthy stints at the Pilot House Inn in Topping and the Sunset Grill in Deltaville. She said she grew up in the kitchen, learning to cook from her mother and godmother and loving every minute of it. She said she has long wanted to manage a restaurant on her own.

“I’ve dreamed about this my whole life,” she said. “Jonnie and Perry are excellent people, and they’re letting me fulfill my dream.”

Jonnie Forrest said she hopes the community will support the restaurant under Hudgins’s management, adding, “Lots of good changes are coming there.”