Lisa Weltsch: This month, the magazine is celebrating gratitude. Will you share how Lucky’s got its name?
Ernie Geyer: I’m a prostate cancer survivor and during my treatment, my wife Diane suggested our dog, Lucky join me in Jacksonville where I was going through proton therapy. To finish the treatment and have a buddy waiting there for me, consoling and protecting me from the emotional overload, having to shift my focus to him was probably the best thing that could have ever happened. It was as if Lucky dog knew what he was there to do, providing the love and support on behalf of the family.
LW: What is your vision for Lucky’s Burger & Brew?
EG: 12 years ago when we bought the property, the Roswell business landscape was nothing like it is today. We were inspired by the vision of building a restaurant that brought in the community - to share our love of community, dogs, and family-friendly restaurant Lucky’s story was inspired by my dog Lucky and my life’s good fortune and recovery from cancer. After 6 months of being open and generating revenue, we knew we hit a home run with the outpouring of love from the Roswell Community.
LW: We love that you have something happening just about every night at Lucky’s. What’s up for the holiday season?
EG: We are planning our 11th annual Santa Paws event at all three Lucky’s locations during December. We have a loyal customer, Steve Duncan who steps in as “Santa Steve” every year, for photos sessions with pups and family to raise money for Golden Retriever Rescue Atlanta. We are also planning a New Year’s Eve formal dinner at our Roswell location with music and a steak dinner prepared by our founding chef partner, Ted Lescher.
Lucky's Burgers & Brews, 1144 Alpharetta St