Well, not many people can claim to have met their spouse at Gus's Famous Fried Chicken in Mason, Tn. I met my wife their 10 years ago( my wife says that meeting your future spouse at Gus's is about as likely as meeting your spouse in a ditch) Tonite we returned for a 10th anniversary party. We talked Terry (Gus's son) into staying open a couple of extra hours to accomodate our group of 24. This was our first trip to the new rebuilt Gus's.
The good news is that the chicken is just as good as ever. The original stove survived the fire. The new building is built around the old one. Holds 2-3 times the original seating. The new building doesn't have the same shotgun shack charm of the original building but on the good side, there is more seating for larger groups, the ventilation is vastly improved, the restrooms are modernized ( they now have his and hers accomodations) and there is a handicapped entrance. The jukebox also survived intact and is still laden with classic soul music.
I have eaten at the new downtown Memphis Gus's franchise and, while it is pretty good, it is still not quite the same as the original. Terry told us they have sold a franchise to Nashville but he was not sure when it would open or what part of Nashville. If anyone has any news of this, please post!
All in all, Gus's is still worth the trip to Mason, even if the new building has yet to develop the character of the old one. Moreover, it is still a bargain. Our group had all the chicken, sides, pie and beer we could drink for about $15 per person... a real deal.