The “comeback couple”

New restaurant turns southern-comfort food up a notch

Ashley Montgomery | 6/23/2014, 11:56 a.m.
Someone call LL Cool J and let him know that this is a “comeback!” The married couple, Roshonda, 38, and ...

Someone call LL Cool J and let him know that this is a “comeback!” The married couple, Roshonda, 38, and Tony Smith Jr., 39, have returned back to where their love story began to follow their culinary dreams.

Family First Bistro and Catering, located at 2560 Service Rd., brings you southern comfort foods with a gourmet flair. What used to be known as Frosty’s is a quaint restaurant furnished with a bar and patio area that’s spacious enough to house more than 150 to 200 people.

Looking for a change in scenery, the pair first moved to Georgia in the summer of 2005 to start a new life together.

“We wanted to be in a more rural environment and were looking to start fresh,” said Roshonda, an Exceptional Student Education teacher for more than 14 years.

Tony, a chef for over 17 years, has always dreamed of owning his own restaurant. Roshonda, known for her bubbly personality and fun-nature has always hosted events in their Georgia home. It didn’t take long for the couple to realize that “God had another plan in store” for them.

“I will be putting my own flair on southern comfort foods but not completely changing the classic dishes,” Tony said.

While in the heart of Georgia they had two little boys, Jeremiah and Kevin, that helped serve as motivation to follow their dreams.

“I don’t want this to be just another restaurant in the community— this is a bistro,” Roshonda said. “I want it to be considered a hidden jewel. I don’t want it to be the same thing that everyone else is doing.”

As many chefs learn in school, “presentation is everything.” Tony and Roshonda have exemplified that with their traditional dishes with a twist on the menu.

You can expect to find Daily Chef Creations (specials) and anything from egg frittata, salmon croquettes, their signature baked macaroni and cheese, and fried lobster tails.

“Family First is where people gather to have good, positive conversations and on the business side, we are looking to invite other entities in and partner with them for great causes,” Roshonda said.

Overall, Tony says that he wants the food to speak for itself.

“I want you to come be able to come get your salmon on a bed of greens . . . all of our sauces and foods are made from scratch because we pride ourselves on using fresh products — we are taking people's health into consideration,” Tony said. For more information and to reach the owners, follow Family First on Instagram @family1stcatering_ (underscore).