Fred Cotten’s Barbecue

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When Melanie Dosztan toured the abandoned restaurant, 68 years of barbecuing ribs and pulling pork still hung in the air.

When Godbold was mayor, from 1979 to 1987, customers and employees alike referred to the booth reserved for him as Jake’s Table. Godbold was a man of the people, a post-Dixiecratic populist politician who knew Jacksonville like the back of his hand and made himself accessible to anyone.

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