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Shorty's Steak House back in full swing
by Chamber News on May 18th, 2015

If you’re headed to Shorty’s on a Friday or Saturday night, you might want to call ahead. The Valdosta favorite reopened its doors this past December to the delight of many locals, including Mayor John Gayle.

“I remember when the restaurant was closed, so many people would tell me, ‘I want to go to Shorty’s,’” Gayle said at the restaurant’s official ribbon cutting with Chamber Ambassadors on Tuesday. “I’m so glad that it has opened again.”

Shorty’s originally opened as the Eagle’s Club in downtown Valdosta back in 1957. The current location opened in 1983 and in 1987, John and Diane Montague purchased the restaurant from its original owner, Hugh “Shorty” Segars. In 2013, the restaurant temporarily closed its doors and underwent a major renovation.

From a new exterior façade to a brand new bar, the restaurant has blended a contemporary feel with the tradition that Shorty’s is known for. The delicious char-grilled beef coming out of the kitchen for decades makes it difficult to decide whether the legendary history of the steak house or the steaks themselves are juicier.

The menu has been tweaked a bit since the grand-opening, and General Manager, Jessica Green, says there are several steaks competing for the best-seller spot.

“Our sirloin for two and our ribeye are equally loved,” Green said at the ribbon cutting. “We also offer homemade, hand-battered onion rings, fried bell peppers and mushrooms all freshly prepared every day. We offer a kind, welcoming atmosphere here. Forever a family oriented restaurant.”

If you like a little music with your meal, the restaurant’s house band, The Creek Siders, keeps patrons entertained on Friday and Saturday nights from around 7:30 p.m. to close. If you’re coming in on the weekend, Green suggests calling ahead for a table.

Shorty’s is located at 4038 N. Valdosta Road. View their menu at and call 229-247-2186 to make your reservation.

Photo Cutline: Members of the Shorty’s Steak House team, owner John Montague, Mayor John Gayle, and Chamber Ambassadors gather for an official ribbon cutting on Tuesday. The restaurant reopened in December 2014.

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