Friday, May 1, 2009

Whistle Stop Cafe in Irondale Alabama True Story

Read the article

When I first researched this movie many years ago, I visited the local library in Irondale, Alabama to find some info on the true story. I remember they had some sort of an archive of old newspaper and magazine articles that had been written about the movie.

When the movie came out in 1991, it was a "big deal" for the small town of Irondale. Fannie Flagg even came to town with movie producers and executives to view the film. 

Here are some quick facts about the true story.

Bess Fortenberry bought the cafe during the times of the depression. The Fortenberry's were a well-known family in Irondale. 

The Fortenberry house sat on the corner near the cafe. When I first visited the area in the early 2000's, the house was still there. The next time I visit, I will try to photograph the place. 



  1. A big fan of the movie it was very nice to hear this true story. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I am from Birmingham and have been privileged to eat there on several occasions. It was cafeteria style rather than the movie depiction of being waited on. The FGT were delicious and quite a treat to eat them there in the café. A MUST VISIT for lovers of the book and movie.

  3. The fried okra was better than the tomatoes and the Mac & Cheese was yummy

  4. Would love to visit there and loved the movie . . .