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Local Restaurant Receives Meritable Recognition

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Jack Thurmond
The Cumming City Center location of Wrights Fish and Chips. The British store has called the shopping center its home since the spring of 2023.

Nestled within the Cumming City Center in Cumming, Georgia is one of Forsyth County’s newer hidden treasures. Wright’s Fish and Chips, otherwise known as The Wright Chippy, is a traditional British style Fish and Chips shop that prides itself on bringing the authentic British experience to the states. 

Wright’s was opened in July 2020 by Chantelle Wright after she moved to the U.S. with her family in 2018. Kelzy Wright, Chantelle’s youngest son and restaurant manager, says that the inspiration behind opening an English chip shop was the lack of snacks and treats they were accustomed to in the area. 

After the shop opened, it didn’t take long for it to become popular with locals. The store eventually became so well liked that they moved to a bigger location in the new Cumming City Center.  

Since then, the British shop has built a reputation as a local staple, earning itself a series of notable merits. 

The Wright Chippy was recently awarded the title of “Best” Fish and Chips in the northern Metro Atlanta area by the Atlanta Magazine. Furthermore, it was deemed a finalist for the U.K.’s National Fish and Chips Award.  

Kelzy Wright, says the eatery’s success is partly due to its resources being imported from across the pond. They bring in their own cod, potatoes, and frying batter from the U.K. 

“Over here you have ‘fries’ so we had to import our chipper from the U.K. to get the right size chips.” -Manager Kelzy Wright 

Cumming resident Mary Wright had nothing but praise for the British themed store. She said the fish and chips meal she ordered was “on par” with one that she ordered during a trip to England. 

Additionally, she appreciated the available selection of snacks and candies not seen on U.S. counters. 

A bag of Taytos as sold at Wrights Fish and Chips. The potato chip brand is one of many British snacks found at the Wright Chippy (Jack Thurmond)

Along with the menu, Kelzy Wright said that his family’s English background helps strengthen the charm of the restaurant. 

Andrew Grohovac, another local resident, first visited Wrights in its early days with his grandmother who grew up having family in Great Britain. The two wanted to compare the chip shop to those in the U.K.

The pair was not disappointed. In addition to the food being exactly how Mrs. Grohovac remembered it, Andrew stated that the ownership was kind, and the atmosphere of the restaurant was so unique that it made him feel English. 

Even though the employees were still in training at the time, Grohovac says he left the shop pleased with its food and overall authenticity. 

Along with the stores’ genuineness and top notch food quality, Kelzy Wright gives further credit to the restaurant’s staff and the people that have helped them on their journey towards earning their decorations.

“We’ve worked hard at this for years and it proves we’re doing the right thing.” -Manager Kelzy Wright 

Although Wright’s has no expansion plans for the near future, Kelzy Wright says they hope to open a few more shops within the next five years.  

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Jack Thurmond, Staff Writer
Hello there! My name is Jack Thurmond. This is my third year at the University of North Georgia, and I am studying communications to become a sports journalist. I joined the Vanguard because it gives me the window to experience things I typically would not get to.
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