Fire damages former Folks building

A fired damaged a yet-to-open restaurant on Douglas Boulevard on Thursday afternoon. The popular This Is It Southern Kitchen and BBQ franchise was set to open soon in the former location of Folks restaurant, which had been in Douglasville for more than four decades before closing last year. The Douglasville store was scheduled to be the 12th location for This Is It, which has been in the metro Atlanta area since the late 1980s and has been named the best barbecue restaurant in the country by several food critics. The family-owned business launched its franchising program in 2012. No information was immediately available about the cause of the fire, the extent of the damage inside or plans to rebuild.