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ORAL HISTORY

Brian Boyle


Buckhead Diner

Brian Boyle was born in 1966 and raised in Crewe, Virginia. Boyle’s instincts for service come from his maternal grandmother who hosted Sunday dinners at her house. Growing up, he watched her tend to the table as the family ate, waiting until everyone was finished before she enjoyed a plate.

Boyle began his service career as a teenager working at fast food restaurants before moving on to full-service restaurants in college. He kept returning to restaurants for the flexible schedules. Boyle moved to Atlanta in 1995 and landed at Buckhead Diner in 1996. At the time of this interview in 2019, he still worked there and he still relished entertaining his regular customers.

Date of interview:
2019-11-14

Interviewer:
Henri Hollis

Photographer:
Henri Hollis

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