Spotlight Shines on Monticello Gathering Spots

It seems in Monticello, life pretty much revolves around the courthouse circle. Here, you will find shops, beautiful walkways and not a lot of traffic, places where people go to shoot the breeze, catch up on the latest gossip or sit down for a bite to eat.

Stacy Cornelius, a Monticello resident, says, "No traffic lights, everybody's very nice and friendly, southern hospitality."

Near the town's circle there are several nice places to eat, and you don't have to walk far at all. A favorite is Jake's Subs and Grill, located right across from the Opera House and known for its American and Greek cuisine.

Peter Guirguis, the owner of Jake's Subs and Grill, says, "We're blessed here because we have a perfect location. We're here at the intersection of two highways."

Buddy Westbrook, a Monticello resident, says, "Friends, neighbors, a lot of times they come in and even have a little get together with relatives. It's just a nice home atmosphere."

And if you're into southern cooking, a place you have to try is the Courtyard Restaurant, where the food is made fresh and is the only place you can sit at the legendary “table of knowledge.”

Dennis Byrd, the owner, says, "When I started I had a lot of political people that use to sit at what we call the ‘table of knowledge.’ Everybody that was anybody came in to talk about the whole town, and since then it's been going on."

Betty Fuentes says, "The service is great, and they know what you want ahead of time, which is great. I sit down and they already know what I want."

And if you're not in the mood for food, you can grab a latte at the local coffee shop.

Here's a fun fact for you: the Courtyard Cafeteria is housed in a building that dates back to 1849.