Weaver D's Restaurant, Made Famous By R.E.M.'s 'Automatic For The People' Album, Hits Hard Times

10/03/2012 08:38 am ET

ATHENS, Ga. -- The owner of a Georgia restaurant that inspired the name of rock band R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People" album says he might have to close unless business picks up.

Weaver has been running the soul food restaurant for more than 25 years.

R.E.M., which began its rise to fame in Athens, adopted Weaver's "Automatic for the People" motto for its 1992 album. The restaurant still features R.E.M. pictures on its walls and draws fans of the band.

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