March 2020 - Atlanta INtown

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Morningside: 1265 University Drive. One of Morningside’s Very Best Homes (Likely Best In Class). Outstanding Open Floorplan, Large Generous Rooms That Connect & Flow Beautifully. Glistening Hardwood Floors, Gourmet Kitchen, High Ceilings & Wide Hallways. 10+++ Master Suite, Walk-In Pantry, Eat-In Kitchen, Top-of-the-Line Everything, 6th Bedroom & Oversized 3 Car Garage. 6 BR / 5 BA $1,395,000

Candler Park: 381 Euclid Avenue. Perfect Location on Two Parks in Heart of Candler Park! Double Your Square Footage with Inlaw Suite, Big Media Room, Kitchenette & Bonus Room. Location rich with harder and harder to find green space- overlooks Freedom Park with BeltLine access. 5 BR / 4 BA $1,275,000



Morningside: 1740 West Sussex Road. Homes Are Seldom Available on this Street with an Outstanding, Level, Almost Half Acre. Features Include: All Brick, Move in Ready, 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, 2 Story Foyer Staircase, Paneled Library/Office, Finished Basement with High Ceilings, Large Deep Back Porch, Enjoys Total Privacy, 2-Car Attached Garage, Tremendous Expansion Possibilities. 10++ 4 BR / 4 BA $1,895,000

Morningside: 1261 Pasadena Ave. All brick Tudor home located on quiet, low-traffic street in Morningside that is loaded with charm. home features a level, walkout backyard and separate oversized, two-car garage with finished heated/cooled space above garage- makes for ideal home office. fireplace. 5 BR / 4.5 BA $949,000





Morningside: 1374 Pasadena Avenue. Outstanding, Family Friendly Morningside Home. Great room combo and bedroom on main. 5 BR / 4 BA

Morningside: 1026 Robin Lane. Rare six bedroom Morningside home on 1.97 acres. Open floor plan and full finished basement on a quiet cul-de-sac street. Ideal for a growing family. 6 BR / 5 BA

Morningside: 1651 North Pelham Road. Exceptional Contemporary Morningside Home with Rare, Recently Renovated Coach House. 5 BR / 4.5 BA

Morningside: 942 Plymouth Road. Morningside Home in Pristine Vintage Condition Featuring Full Expandable Attic and Terrace Level with High Ceilings. This Home is Ideal for Renovation. 3 BR / 2 BA $750,000





Morningside: 1807 Lenox Road. Rare, Estate Lot in Coveted Morningside School District Almost 1.2 Acres. If You’ve been Looking for a Parcel to Supports Your Custom, Dream Home--this is it. 1.2 Acres $599,000

Morningside: 1811 Lenox Road. Lewis Crook Custom Built Spitzmiller and Norris Renovation Morningside Residence with Rare Coach House. 5 BR / 6 BA $1,849,000

Morningside: 950 Wildwood Road. Classic Morningside Ranch Overlooks the Morningside Nature Preserve. Kitchen Features Granite Countertops, Large Breakfast Bar. 4 BR / 3 BA $899,000

Morningside: 927 Wildwood Road. Exceptional Pristine Move-In Condition with Three Finished Levels. Salt Water Pebble Tech Pool, Outdoor Kitchen. 6 BR / 6.5 BA $2,250,000


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Fixing DeKalb Avenue – finally!

I drive DeKalb Avenue on a near daily basis. Sometimes it’s just a quick trip to Downtown, others it’s to Decatur. I’ve witnessed head-on collisions in the reversible lane, had my own nearmisses with befuddled drivers, been caught in frustrating tailbacks trying to make a left turn at various intersections, have tried to keep my cool in a line of cars stuck behind cyclists or anyone crazy enough to ride an e-scooter, and I’ve worried about damage to my car driving over the potholes and disintegrating pavement. In short: DeKalb Avenue is a mess. Beginning this summer, it will finally start getting some improvements. The city had put DeKalb Avenue on its Complete Street project list, but the first phase won’t meet all the requirements. Still, I’ll be thrilled with the removal of the so-called “suicide lane” and a repaving. I’m sure the construction headaches will be plenty and go on for months, but I’m trying to picture a drive free of pothole jolts and turn lanes with appropriate signaling (read more on Page 8). One day, when the city can find some money, I would love to see the rendering created by local architect firm Kronberg Wall come to fruition. It shows a separated bike and walking path, on-street parking, flower-filled medians. In short, a beautiful corridor for motorists and Collin Kelley pedestrians. collin@atlantaintownWhile the mayor’s “pothole posse” is constantly busy, Atlanta’s streets and sidewalks continue to crumble. I do a fair bit of traveling and I have to say our streets are some of the worst I’ve ever seen in a big city. And don’t get me started on those steel plates that are supposed to be temporary but linger for months and the missing sidewalk along Sampson Street in Old Fourth Ward that forces pedestrians to walk in the street. It raises my blood pressure.


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Annual historic sites tour marks Atlanta Preservation Center’s 40th anniversary By Collin Kelley


s the Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) celebrate its 40th anniversary, it also will present the 17th annual award-winning Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites March 7 - 29. The three-week festival celebrating Atlanta’s cultural and historical resources will showcase 100 sites offering more than 200 events, including guided walking tours, lectures, storytelling, open houses and more. All the events are open to the public and completely free of charge. Highlights this year include new partner tours at the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University and the Salvation Army Southern Historical Center. The Pitts Theology Library, which is internationally renowned for its rare book and archival collections, will feature its current Papal Rome exhibition, with refreshments included. The Southern Historical Center museum, which serves as the official historical repository for the Salvation Army in the Southeast, will include the museum, campus history and buildings in its tour. The Little 5 Points Alliance will join Phoenix Flies for the first time this year, featuring the legacy of this historic and unique commercial Intown area, through both a one-time only guided tour with refreshments and an ongoing self-guided tour. Another new partner, Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, will showcase the 1926 Cator Woolford mansion and its surrounding 33 acres of gardens and forest, located in Druid Hills. The home now serves out-oftown guests who come to Atlanta

for medical purposes. African-American history and heritage will be showcased through tours at the Municipal Market, Sweet Auburn Works, the Atlanta Daily World, and the Constellations building in the Sweet Auburn/Martin Luther King, Jr. historic district; new partner the Atlanta Voice in the Mechanicsville neighborhood; the Herndon Home and new partner Historic St. Mark on Atlanta’s west side; and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District’s Civil Rights Tour in the Woodruff Park area. A tour along revitalized Georgia Avenue in the Summerhill area, led by Carter USA, will focus on the next chapter of this part of Atlanta. Tours of the Balzer Theatre, the Healey Building, and the Rialto Theatre return to offer visitors a view of the revitalized Fairlie-Poplar Historic District, while a few blocks south the U.S. General Services Administration returns to offer a tour of the MLK, Jr. Federal Building, designed by A. Ten Eyck Brown in 1933. Phoenix Flies will also celebrate the arts with a lecture on the history of the Atlanta Opera, a lecture and tour at the Atlanta Ballet, a lecture on a Tibetan painting at the Carlos Museum, and a tour of the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlantic

Station. Lectures at the APC’s headquarters in the 1856 Grant Mansion) range in topic from history, architecture, and historic preservation to rehabilitation projects, old house inspection issues, and digital research and resources. Other returning popular events include tours at historic Oakland, Southview, Westview and Utoy cemeteries, along with churches and houses of worship. The Fox

Theatre also returns this year, along with the Piedmont Driving Club and the Atlanta Woman’s Club. The Atlanta Preservation Center will again offer its open house and tours of Atlanta’s historic residential neighborhoods, Downtown, Midtown, the Ponce de Leon corridor and the Georgia Tech area. All events are free to the public, but reservations or registration are required for some events. For more information or details about reservations, visit Top to Bottom: Healey Building Oakland Cemetery Westview Cemetery State Capitol Rotunda The Ponce Condominium

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DeKalb Ave. improvements set to begin this summer



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MARTA has named Rhonda Allen as its first chief customer experience officer and announced the formation of a Riders’ Advisory Council to ensure customers’ voices are heard regarding operations and capital programs. The Riders’ Advisory Council will consist of a group of 25 customers from diverse backgrounds who live or work in one of MARTA’s four jurisdictions. To learn more about the Riders’ Advisory Council and apply, visit The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved legislation finalizing the creation of the Office of Inspector General. As part of the legislation, three divisions of the city’s government fall under the Inspector General – ethics, independent procurement review, and compliance.

By Collin Kelley Work is finally set to begin this summer on phase one of the DeKalb Avenue Complete Street Project, according to a copy of the plan obtained by INtown. The plan was presented by the Atlanta Department of Transportation to stakeholders at a meeting held in early February and was expected to be revealed to

the public at an open house on Feb. 27. Phase one of the plan – which stretches from Jackson Street to Ridgecrest Drive – will include resurfacing, removal of the reversible lane, sidewalk and ADA improvements, traffic signal upgrades, onstreet parking at Fox Bros. BBQ and a twoway cycle track between Hurt and Candler Streets. According to the city document, work on phase one will begin this summer. The document states that because of

“budget and schedule constraints” phase one improvements are limited to the existing right-of-way. That means that the dream of a separate bike path and on-street parking for the length of the corridor will be shuffled to phase two. While concept developments are underway for phase two, according to the document, construction funding sources have yet to be identified.

Hall of Justice

New Nathan Deal Judicial Center officially opens in Downtown

Gayle Hunter Holloman has been named the new executive director of the Fulton County Library System. Holloman, who has served with the system since 1994, most recently served as the library division manager, with responsibility for the daily operations of the 34 library branches. Georgia’s Own Credit Union announced it will fund a second year of free WiFi at Woodruff Park in Downtown as part of its continued commitment to supporting the park and its goals for the community. The City of Atlanta has released its first Biennial Report of LGBTQ Affairs, which highlights key policies, programs and initiatives specifically aimed at improving the lives of Atlanta’s LGBTQ residents. Highlights of the report include appointing an LGBTQ affairs community liaison and advisory board; expanding access to PrEP; establishing anti-bullying measures at youth facilities; bolstering financial support to social services; and platforms for the expansion of LGBTQ arts, entertainment and culture. Read the report: BiennialReport.pdf.

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Former Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Chief Justice Harold Melton, U.S. Justice Clarence Thomas and Gov. Brian Kemp

The nearly $130 million Nathan Deal Judicial Center was officially opened in a ceremony on Feb. 11 in Downtown at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Memorial Drive. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was one of the guest speakers at the ceremony, along with current Gov. Brian Kemp and the building’s namesake, former Gov. Nathan Deal. The imposing, sevenstory building houses the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals. The interior is full of soaring atriums and skylights in both the common areas and courtrooms.

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No. 1 Intown Brokerage, 2019 ANSLEY PARK. $1,300,000 52 Beverly Road 5BR, 4.5BA FMLS: 6669520 Blaine Palmer 229.400.3674 Wilmot Irvin 704.776.8313

ATKINS PARK. $475,000 825 Highland Lane, No. 1213 2BR, 2BA FMLS: 6670521 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233


BROOKHAVEN. $1,999,000 1254 Brook Forest Drive 5BR, 5.5BA FMLS: 5794304 Lisa Bennett 678.531.2996


BUCKHEAD. $2,250,000 3107 Peachtree Road, No. 1803 2BR, 2.5BA FMLS: 6656024 Burma Weller 404.735.6666 Kevin McBride 404.626.6884

BUCKHEAD. $2,395,000 1447 Peachtree Battle Avenue 5BR, 4.5BA FMLS: 6667313 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

BUCKHEAD. $300,000 711 Cosmopolitan Drive, No. 517 2BR, 2BA FMLS: 6667577 Angela Cashion 404.423.5245

BUCKHEAD. $875,000 3125 Wood Valley Road 4BR, 3BA FMLS: 6659375 Bruce Lindsay 404.216.1216

BUCKHEAD. $925,000 218 Midvale Drive 5BR, 3BA FMLS: 6677179 Shawn Davis 404.405.4647

CHAMBLEE. $589,900 5404 Peachtree Road, No. 6 3BR, 3.5BA FMLS: 6126585 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

COMMERCE. $1,399,000 8569 Jefferson Road 5BR, 4BA FMLS: 6635919 Rachael Blatt 404.285.9059

COWETA COUNTY. $1,750,000 0 Hines Road 6BR, 5.5BA FMLS: 6659396 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890 Haden Henderson 678.787.9226

DRUID HILLS. $845,900 1200 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Unit A18 3BR, 3.5BA FMLS: 6654454 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

DRUID HILLS. $789,900 1200 Ponce de Leon Avenue, A4 3BR, 2.5BA FMLS: 6653945 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

GARDEN HILLS. $1,495,000 2707 Sharondale Drive 5BR, 5BA FMLS: 6670188 Helen Fuller 404.216.1401

MARIETTA. $2,795,000 2948 Summitop Road 6BR, 5.5BA FMLS: 6656686 Tricia Leuallen 678.699.3955

MIDTOWN. $1,500/month 878 Peachtree Street,No. 823 1BR, 1BA FMLS: 6670570 Jason Hatcher 404.550.3090 Deanna Kansas 404.935.3791

MIDTOWN. $1,895,000 805 Peachtree Street, No. 617 3BR, 3.5BA FMLS: 6670950 Ryan Johnston 404.430.8204

MIDTOWN. $359,900 805 Peachtree Street, No. 322 1BR, 1BA FMLS: 6675463 Adam Morrison 404.981.7249

MORNINGSIDE. $899,000 878 Plymouth Road 4BR, 3BA FMLS: 6673373 Joy Myrick 404.408.2331 Michelle Williams 770.595.7662

OLD FOURTH WARD. $199,000 377 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Unit J 2BR, 2.5BA FMLS: 6669949 Teri Frye 678.428.4281 Kim Scruggs 770.402.1704

OLD FOURTH WARD. $2,395,000 687 Angier Avenue, No. 3 3BR, 3.5BA FMLS: 6667388 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

ORMEWOOD PARK. $234,900 1065 United Avenue, No. 103 1BR, 1BA FMLS: 6652070 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

ORMEWOOD PARK. $277,400 1065 United Avenue, No. 205 1BR, 1BA FMLS: 6622772 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

ORMEWOOD PARK. $369,900 1065 United Avenue, No. 306 2BR, 2BA FMLS: 6622776 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

PONCEY-HIGHLAND. $1,275,000 645 Seminole Avenue 4BR, 3BA FMLS: 6665130 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

OLD FOURTH WARD. $2,395,000 687 Angier Avenue, No. 3 3BR, 3.5BA FMLS: 6667388 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

WEST MIDTOWN. $270,000 1240 Liberty Parkway 3BR, 3.5BA FMLS: 6675704 Will Jacobs 404.808.0086

PALM BEACH. $5,200,000 10 Sloans Curve Drive Sotheby›s International Realty Palm Beach Brokerage

LOS ANGELES. $29,000,000 255 Ladera Drive Sotheby›s International Realty Sunset Strip Brokerage

GREENWICH VILLAGE. $22,500,000 19 West 12th Street Sotheby›s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage

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Grady High students submit petition to change school’s name By Collin Kelley Grady High School students have submitted a petition to the Atlanta Board of Education calling for the Midtown school to be renamed. The school was named after journalist, orator and white supremacist Henry W. Grady in 1947. A petition to rename the school signed by 180 students was submitted to the school board at its February meeting and, at press time, was under review. The petition cites Grady’s racist views and support of segregation as the reason for the change. On Jan. 31, the high school’s newspaper, The Southerner, published a lengthy online story written by co-editor Charlotte Spears that shows a divide among students and alumni. The petition suggests now is the time to change the name as the school embarks on a $40 million expansion and renovation. The petition reads in part: “With the upcoming renovation, we believe now is the time for our school to realize a more inclusive vision, one that can only be achieved when all students can proudly wear school apparel and shout school chants without being forced to honor a segregationist.” Alternate names suggested in the petition include pioneering AfricanAmerican journalist Ida B. Wells and civil rights attorney Donald Lee Hollowell. Everett Stubin, a white student quoted in The Southerner article, believes the name should be changed. “I hear the argument that it’s part of our history, but I don’t think we need to commemorate him, and I think it’s really backwards that our school still has his name,” Stubin said. Bradley Hamilton, an African-American student quoted in The Southerner, doesn’t think the change is necessary. “I don’t think we should change it at all because there’s a lot of different things with different names

that have racist backgrounds,” Hamilton said. “That would mean we would have to change all of them. It has a racist background to it, but it is just a name. Like my name, Hamilton, has a racist background to it. So, should I change my name?” The Atlanta School Board’s policy on naming facilities requires the chairman to appoint a special committee to consider nominations and make a recommendation to the board. The petition to change Grady High School’s name comes on the heels of the renaming of a number of Atlanta streets – most notably Confederate Avenue in Grant Park – that had connections to Civil War or Jim Crow era figures.

Construction begins on BeltLine Southside Trail Construction crews are installing security fencing and officially closing the western portion of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail today to begin early construction activities. According to Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the interim trail will be closed at the paved southern terminus of the Westside Trail, the concrete access point at University Avenue, the stairs at Metropolitan Avenue, and west of the stairs at Pryor Road. The closure will extend between University Avenue and Pryor Road, so trail users will need to exit the corridor and use sidewalks along surface streets between the two locations. Signs will be posted at closed locations. This 0.75-mile segment, called Southside Trail-West, will remain closed while Astra Group builds out the multi-use trail, which is expected to take about a year to complete. Work will include a 14-foot-wide concrete trail; gravel path at Allene Avenue; a new pedestrian bridge, an ADA-accessible ramp, and pedestrian signal and crosswalk at Metropolitan Parkway; lights and security cameras; utility relocations, environmental remediation of the corridor; stormwater infrastructure; granite retaining walls; and full landscaping.

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A cold rain seemed to mark every Saturday this winter but I spent them all in my happy place: screechy loud gymnasiums, coaching the kids’ basketball teams. A common knock on people like me is that we relive old glories vicariously through our children’s athletic endeavors but I take exception to that. This isn’t old glory, it’s new glory and honestly my hoop credentials have never been more impressive. Elliott’s team, Boyz II Men, won the Decatur Recreation Championship by taking down the previously undefeated Bandits. We were awarded a gigantic trophy that looked like it had been in the high school athletic department’s storage closet since 1978, so obviously I’m not alone in recognizing this as a special feat. Margo’s team, The Pixies, made it to the championship game before bowing to the Billygoats, who may or may not have recruited teenagers. Petitions may be filed. The former Sports Illustrated columnist Steve Rushin once By Tim Sullivan Tim Sullivan grew up wrote a devotional tome entitled “I Believe in Basketball” and in a large family in the my brother Bill had it pinned above his desk. Sure, Bill believes Northeast and now lives in other things, too, but he and I share something of spiritual with his small family connection to the game. When we were kids, the Westchester in Oakhurst. He can County Catholic school league was pretty much our reason for be reached at tim@ being. This level of commitment often entailed trudging through New York snow with galoshes yanked over our sneakers to get to Saturday morning practices. Then we’d seek any other indoor court we could worm our way into or default to the hoop in our uneven, ice covered driveway. Now our children are poised to follow in our footsteps. Well, sort of. Margo juggles basketball with her Robotics team duties and her Hip-Hop dance classes. Her cousin Fiona also does Robotics and sings with her church choir. And come to think of it, Margo skipped a game for a birthday party so the focus on basketball isn’t quite as singular as Bill and I might draw it up. But there is still time to impress upon them the sheer beauty in the space that can be created by a deft pass, a well-placed screen or a perfect box out. Bill and I coached together last year but Margo had another season with the 9-10’s and Fiona was to move up a level. We each volunteered to helm our own squads but when the leagues combined due to a lower enrollment, it was on like Donkey Kong. The girls were tickled with the idea of playing against each other and seeing Bill and I on opposing benches. (Note: Donkey Kong was a video game we may have enjoyed in the 1980’s were we not playing basketball all hours of the day.) We compared league notes frequently. Bill’s tips helped me coach my girls to a huge victory over the first-place team. I almost felt bad for all the sandbagging and misdirection I employed the week of our head to head game. My lineup was going to be missing Charlotte, so I made sure to let Bill know that without Charlotte we basically had no chance. Better to keep him overconfident and underprepared. When he asked about Annabelle (who scored roughly 94 percent of our team points over the course of the season) I assured him we had developed a very balanced scoring attack. I couldn’t have him keying on my franchise player! What ensued was probably the most exciting 6-4 game of basketball ever. Probably. I imagine the crowd on hand was taken with the elevated level of play. Clearly, these coaches are steeped in basketball knowledge and aren’t we all fortunate that they choose to share it with our children? That’s probably what they were thinking. It’s rewarding when your passion and expertise is appreciated – new glory! I won’t say who won because ultimately the outcome isn’t the most important thing. But the game, well, the game meant everything.


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Up in Lights The Neon Company creates iconic signage for films, local businesses

By Clare S. Richie Nestled in a 5,000 square foot workshop on DeKalb Avenue not far from the Krog Street Tunnel, Gregg Brenner and his team at The Neon Company have created neon art, sets for television and movies and signage for decades. Each piece is bent, filled and assembled there by hand. “We enjoy what we do. I’m proud of what we do. It really is an interesting combination of science and art,” said Brenner, The Neon Company founder. Since 1983, Brenner’s company has provided neon to over 300 productions: from “Driving Miss Daisy” to current productions like several Marvel movies, “Baby Driver,” “Ozark” and “Stranger Things.” The shop even appeared in “Queer Eye” when staff member Jason was featured. “The projects we’ve done for Marvel recently is our biggest movie work,” Brenner said, adding “But, to be honest with you, I get a big kick every time “My Cousin Vinny” comes on. I remember being on set watching those people rehearse and laughing so much.” Brenner’s Inman Park shop houses hundreds of hand-crafted neon signs for rent to the growing film industry. Some are headed to the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect.” “Movies take down trademark signs and hang up generic signs. They want it to be so real on set,” said shop manager Craig Weido. You can also find their neon at neighborhood haunts, such as The Vortex, The Majestic, The Family Dog, The Varsity, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and more.

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Production starts with design and glass bending, followed by assembly and installation. As neon gas is stimulated by an electric current, it releases electrons that cause the gas inside the colored glass tube to glow. Neon creations last 10 to 40 years, depending on daily use. “I found something that suited me very well. I was ‘Mr. Science’ in high school, my mom was an artist and my dad was a businessman. Oddly enough – I found something that was this blend of science, business and art,” Brenner said. While working as a high school science teacher in the early 1980’s, Brenner and his roommate became interested in neon signs. “We would drive around in our Dodge Dart with our ladder on top. Maybe we would see a liquor store with a sign broken and we would take a wire and bypass the broken tube, take it to an existing neon shop and look over an old guy’s shoulder while he was fixing it,” Brenner said. Over the next two years, they accumulated more equipment, set up a rudimentary shop in their living room and began the long process of making a “decent tube.” They quit their day jobs and traded sign-work with Mellow Mushroom to

guitar chord versus making a living as a guitarist in a popular band. He and his roommate went on to launch different shops with Brenner starting The Neon Company. “I never ever could have had imagined that I’d be doing it for almost 40 years,” Brenner said. Today, 50 percent of his business is with the film industry, but they still make commercial signs, like for Grindhouse Killer Burgers in Brookhaven, and respond to community requests. “We fix beer signs for people. We do work for man caves. Selfie spot work has become very big, for bar mitzvahs and weddings that customers then take home,” Brenner said. “Basically, you work with the client to make sure it’s not too big for the house but big enough for the reception. The Neon Company For weddings, you can have a green owner Gregg Brenner and foliage wall with white neon. That’s above with his team. really big right now,” designer Vyvyan Hughes said. LED lights have replaced much neon rent space behind Excelsior Mill, which work. At one time, Atlanta boasted 20 would later become music venue The neon shops and now there are only a few. Masquerade. After they sent their first That’s why Brenner is grateful to the film commercial job out to another sign industry and jobs from the community. company, an interesting visitor popped by. “I can’t tell you how many times “The door pushed open and an old someone’s come in and said ‘this is from guy, who might have been my age now, my dad – he got this when he was a kid stared at us and the words that came out of and it got broken,” Weido said, adding his mouth were, ‘Who the hell taught you “when you hand someone a neon sign – how to bend glass,’” Brenner recalled. they stop what they are doing – a smile “He was a grouchy, gray-haired New comes across their face.” York union trained neon guy, but he came “We make people happy,” Brenner once a week and for $20 each – he gave us said. lessons.” There is a multi-year learning curve Find out more about the company at to perfect making quality neon, which Brenner compares to learning to play a At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Struggling “Shops” to be renamed Buckhead Village, diversify tenants By John Ruch The struggling and ridiculed mixed-use complex called The Shops Buckhead Atlanta likely will be renamed Buckhead Village – matching the old nightclub neighborhood it largely replaced – and will add more affordable and community-friendly options, the CEO of its new owner said. Matt Bronfman, principal and CEO of Jamestown, the real estate company that bought the complex last year, discussed the plans at February’s annual luncheon of the Buckhead Business Association, held at the 103 West event facility. “Buckhead Village—and I am calling it Buckhead Village,” Bronfman said to loud applause as he discussed the complex. “People have gone back and forth on [the] name. I think the true name of the project should be Buckhead Village.” Bronfman said he’d like to “wave a magic wand” and clear out many of the luxury-market tenants of the six-block complex, which runs along Peachtree Road between East Paces Ferry and Pharr roads. He said its future is more “accessible” retail with “more staples,” and will include a bookstore, a coffee shop, more greenspace and use of rooftop spaces. “There were mistakes made in how it was done…[A] mistake in the past was thinking there was a need for, call it a Rodeo Drive in Buckhead,” Bronfman said. “…It’s not enough of a community center.” Among the complex’s problems, he said, “is people don’t want to linger. And we want projects where people are comfortable just staying and hanging out.” Jamestown’s track record with mega-redevelopments of Ponce City Market and the Westside Provisions District are the approaches he said he has in mind. The Buckhead vision won’t be identical, but it will have the themes of attracting foot traffic and the general public. Now on its third owner-developer and fourth name in 12 years, the complex has had a tortuous development history and branding struggles. The $1.5 billion development in Buckhead Village sprang from a notorious stabbing during the 2000 Super Bowl, which crystalized local concerns about crime and energized a push to gentrify what at the time

was one of the city’s biggest nightclub districts. Originally conceived under the name Buckhead Avenues, which drew a legal challenge over a similarly named retail outlet, the project was renamed The Streets of Buckhead by developer Ben Carter shortly before construction began in 2007. In 2009, the project stalled, leaving a massive construction hole for over a year. Carter was forced out by investors in 2010. In 2011, developer OliverMcMillan took over the project and renamed it again to the widely mocked “Buckhead Atlanta.” The first stores in the complex opened in 2014. The following year, OliverMcMillan changed the name yet again to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, to still more ridicule. The retail mix in its roughly 60 storefronts was quickly criticized as too high-end. Bronfman said Jamestown found that some retailers are doing well, but many were struggling and “close to giving up” at the time of last year’s sale. In contrast to earlier top-down, from-the-boardroom development decisions, Jamestown last year held a town-hall meeting and conducted an online survey to get community input about the future of the complex. Bronfman said that, unlike most developers, he likes places with stringent, project-delaying zoning regulations and “supply constraints” in development. He says that ensures community input – and also lets his company charge higher rents. “You’ve got to really work with the neighborhood” in such places, he said. The local flavor was apparent in some of Bronfman’s comments. Asked by an audience member about making the complex more family-friendly, he noted that the Buckhead Baseball league plays nearby in Frankie Allen Park. “Buckhead Baseball, they need to be our target shoppers, our target demographic, on a Saturday afternoon,” he said. Ice cream, children’s clothing or “amusements and games” could be ways to attract families, he suggested. Bronfman said many current tenants of the complex have favorable and long-term leases, so change will take time. “But the bones, the genes, are so good, we are confident it will be successful… We’re going to fix it, but it is definitely going to take more time than we would like,” he said.


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Developers have unveiled plans for a dramatic $400 million overhaul of The Mall West End site, including offices, retail, and residential. Elevator City Partners, created by Atlanta BeltLine visionary Ryan Gravel and investor Donray Von, released renderings and announced in a media statement that it has secured a $2 million pre-development loan from Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency. The renderings show the current Mall West End, a fixture in the community since 1973, replaced with an office tower, retail shops, residential space, public art, and greenspace. The Mall property is part of a federal “opportunity zone” that offers tax advantages for for investment in lower income areas. The Mall is in walking distance of the West End MARTA Station, Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail and Atlanta University Center. In the media statement, the developers said they want to keep the “proud history, culture, and community of West End” and that there would be affordable housing at the redeveloped site, which is a condition of the $2 million predevelopment loan. – Collin Kelley

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The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) has announced that Hala Moddelmog will step down from her post as president and CEO. Moddelmog entered the role in January 2014 as the first woman to lead the organization. MAC’s executive governing committee has appointed a search committee led by Larry Gellerstedt to conduct an internal and external search for the organization’s next president and CEO. “What major American region is purposefully trying to double or triple in size while also becoming more sustainable, more equitable and more transit-friendly? I’ve heard leaders ask this question and, in my view, the answer is clearly ‘Atlanta.’ We can become that city and region,” said Moddelmog. “The Metro Atlanta Chamber has such deep roots in our community and has played a role in almost every major Atlanta milestone across 160 years. Leading this organization for the past six years and working with business and community leaders to birth new initiatives that drive the region forward has been an honor.” Hala Moddelmog

Real estate firm The Allen Morris Company and hotel developer Stormont Hospitality Group have formed a new enterprise, AMS Hospitality, which will focus on the acquiring and building hotel assets, initially focusing on southeast U.S. markets. The venture formally launched with the closing of two new developments in Atlanta: the 176-key Star Metals Hotel, scheduled for completion this fall, and the 205-key Midtown Union Hotel, which is being developed in partnership with MetLife Investment Management.

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New website, programming designed to attract young workers, entrepreneurs The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s ChooseATL initiative – designed to attract and retain Gen Z and millennial workers and entrepreneurs to the city – has unveiled a new website and programming with the message “come for the hustle, stay for the culture.” “Five years ago, metro Atlanta was attracting fewer millennials than our peer cities. Businesses, talent acquisition leaders, culture creators, civic leaders and young professionals responded to this challenge through ChooseATL. Today, we’re taking it to the next level,” said Deisha Barnett, chief brand and communications officer at the Metro Atlanta Chamber and ChooseATL, in a media statement. “We have spent months assessing past efforts and studying millennials and Gen Z. Now, we’re ready to launch new ideas to convince young people from all backgrounds that Atlanta is where you can make a mark at work and in the community – no cap.” AccordingU.S. Census data shows only 10% of Americans changed residences from 2018 to 2019 – the lowest moving rate on record, creating a unique challenge for cities working to attract talent. At the same time, millennials and Gen Z are the most mobile age groups, willing to relocate in pursuit of opportunities. “Atlanta is the place to be for young professionals. There is so much opportunity to make an impact, both in your career and in the community,” said Alaysia Brown, new Atlanta resident and marketing associate at Endeavor Atlanta. “I moved to Atlanta from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the city welcomed me with open arms. Friends turned into family almost in an instant. I couldn’t imagine starting my career anywhere else.” ChooseATL will work with community partners, business leaders and influencers to launch new initiatives in 2020 highlighting Atlanta’s careers, community and culture. Examples include: ■ A new and improved website that features diverse faces, inclusive technology and tools that allow users to easily switch between career-focused and culture-related content with the click of a button; ■ On-campus activations that help college students locally and across the U.S. discover what sets Atlanta apart from other markets as a place to “adult” in a career and all aspects of life;

Paris on Ponce, partially destroyed in a Thanksgiving eve fire, has announced it will reopen the event space, La Maison Rouge, in a new home at the historic Healey Building in Downtown. The announcement was made in a post on the Paris on Ponce Instagram page, and La Maison Rouge was expected to open on March 1. The 9,000 square foot event space at 57 Forsyth Street will have a French boudoir and artistic theme similar to the original. The space will be available to host weddings, parties and other events. Paris on Ponce, known for its eclectic selection of artist studios and vintage shops on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, has been a mainstay in Virginia-Highland for more than 25 years. A fundraiser is still ongoing to save the building at GoFundMe and, at press time, more than $19,000 had been raised. The cause of the fire has yet to be disclosed. — Collin Kelley


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Focus on Affordable Housing Westside Park building moratorium puts spotlight on rapid gentrification

Top Left: New homes at the West Town development in West Midtown. Top Right: A rendering of Summerhill.

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Westside. West Midtown. Upper Westside. West End. Westview. The influx of new development in these neighborhoods is cause for excitement, but city officials are worried that gentrification will push longtime and low-income residents out of their homes and widen the gulf of affordable housing. The concern prompted Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to pump the brakes on the rapidly developing area around Westside Park by placing a 180-day moratorium on new building permits. The mayor issued an executive order on Feb. 17 directing the Office of Buildings and the Office of Zoning and Development to “refuse to accept new applications for rezonings, building permits for new construction, land disturbance permits, special use permits, special administrative permits, subdivisions, replattings, and lot consolidations for non-public projects.”

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The moratorium applies to the neighborhoods surrounding Westside Park – including Grove Park, Rockdale and Knight Park/ Howell Station – in an effort to address rapid gentrification occurring in the area. The Atlanta City Council endorsed the moratorium at its regular meeting the same day. “A key pillar to the administration’s comprehensive affordable housing plan is ensuring long-term residents are not priced out of the neighborhoods they have built,” Bottoms said in a media statement. “We know that every permit triggers some form of change in

Center (top to bottom): A rendering of Ten Park East in Old Fourth Ward; Townhomes at Heritage on Memorial; and a rendering of the future Westside Park.

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has already caused a spike in home prices, rent and property taxes. While new apartments and homes are offering more choice on the Westside, the majority of the developments have a common descriptor: luxury. Rent Jungle reports that the average rent for an apartment in Atlanta was $1,599 in January, while home prices start at $600,000 in the new West Town development in West Midtown, for example. Of course, Westside isn’t the only neighborhood facing gentrification and an affordable housing crisis. City leaders have been wrestling with increasing rents and home prices for years as neighborhoods like Old Fourth Ward (which has some of the city’s most expensive rents and a new condo development, Ten Park East, announced prices at $2.1 million and up), Reynoldstown (the new Heritage on Memorial townhomes start in the $800s), and Summerhill become “hot” locations. Home and rent prices along the BeltLine have come under strong criticism, which BeltLine CEO Clyde Higgs acknowledged during the Feb. 5 Fulton County Commission meeting. “We’re making it a high priority,” Higgs said. “We added about $12 million for our affordable housing line so we could advance our housing goal, which is 5,600 units by the end of 2030, and our goal is about 250 units this year and next year. We actually exceeded those numbers in 2019. We’re not out of the woods yet, but we’re moving in the right direction.” The Atlanta City Council took more direct action at its February meeting, adopting an ordinance prohibiting landlords from refusing to rent or sell a home based on the applicant’s source of income, including the use of government housing vouchers. Councilmember Antonio Brown, the bill’s sponsor, believes that the legislation is first and foremost about equity. “Our laws already protect you from housing discrimination based on things like age, gender, and race,” Brown said. “However, using a voucher as your source of income makes you just as much a potential victim of this kind of discriminatory behavior. I think it’s critical that we codify that there’s no place for that in Atlanta.” Councilmember Amir Farokhi, who co-sponsored the legislation, feels the measure is an important

step forward in addressing the city’s affordable housing concerns. “This is an important, tangible step forward on equitable housing access. Removing barriers to access for would-be renters and buyers allows our neighborhoods to be economically diverse, which is a foundation for economic mobility. Everyone deserves to share in the benefits of our city’s growth,” Farokhi said. The council also approved an ordinance authorizing the Department of City Planning to establish a building permit fee waiver program available to private sector entities pursuing an affordable housing development or development that includes a defined number of units set aside as affordable housing. Council also passed an ordinance authorizing the city and Invest Atlanta to prioritize funding received via Community Development Block Grants and other sources for development projects that include affordable housing for the next five years. On the same day Bottoms issued the executive order on Westside Park, she also issued an administrative order calling for the allocation of $100 million in bonds for affordable housing. Over the last two years, the city has invested nearly $252 million in public funds to help build and preserve affordable homes and provide housing assistance for more than 3,500 individuals and families. Bottoms said the new funds will allow the city to do even more. Last summer, the city released its Housing Affordability Action Plan, which includes strategies to achieve 20,000 units of affordable housing by 2026. The goal is to invest $1 billion from public, private, and philanthropic sources to create new or preserve existing affordable housing opportunities – $500 million in public resources and $500 million from community and philanthropic partners. Bottoms directed Chief Financial Officer Roosevelt Council to conduct a financial evaluation to identify general fund resources to support the bond issuance, resulting in new funds for affordable housing. “Our teachers, nurses, firefighters and other residents should be able to live in Atlanta without going broke,” Bottoms said. “The issuance of these Housing Opportunity Bonds will help make that possibility a reality.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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▲The 42nd annual Atlanta Home Show returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre March 20-22. Produced by Marketplace Events, the event will feature hundreds of home improvement exhibitors, buyer discounts, live radio broadcasts and product demonstrations. Advance online tickets are $8 for adults, or $10 at the door. Children 12 and under and adults 65 and older (with ID) will be admitted for free. For a complete schedule and tickets, visit

Atlanta-based architect Eric Kronberg has announced an expanded direction for his firm, and it comes with a new name to reflect the changes. Kronberg Urbanists + Architects (KUA) is now a multidisciplinary studio that utilizes architecture, urban design, real estate development and policy to make neighborhoods better. Recent projects completed by the KUA team include the masterplanning of Georgia Avenue in the Summerhill neighborhood; the new La France Walk community adjacent to the Edgewood MARTA station; and Grace Midtown Church sanctuary. For more about the firm, visit

▲The Providence Group has chosen Compass Development as the sales and marketing partner for The Views on Ponce, 16 new luxry townhomes at the corner of Glen Iris Drive and Boulevard Place in Old Fourth Ward. Located just around the corner from Ponce City Market, the homes are priced in the mid-$900s.

Bungalo has launched its residential real estate platform in Atlanta, giving homebuyers the ability to search, tour and purchase homes via an easy to use all-inone online platform. The homes for sale through Bungalo are all newly renovated and spread across the Atlanta metro area in neighborhoods like Decatur, Buckhead, Edgewood and Westside. To see available homes, visit atlanta-ga. The City of Atlanta has launched the Atlanta Housing Affordability Tracker, dashboard that provides a snapshot of progress made in reaching the goals of creating or preserving 20,000 affordable homes by 2026.Viewers can also track the investment of City-controlled public sources in the production and preservation of affordable housing as part of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ goal of investing $1 billion in affordable housing in the city. The dashboard and more information on the project can be found at the following link: projects-and-initiatives/affordable-housingdashboard

▲Curbed Atlanta reports that the first condo project at Pratt-Pullman Yard in Kirkwood will be called Pullman Flats. The project will feature 60 condos starting in the $190,000s, ranging from studios to two-bedrooms on Rogers Street. Sales are expected to launch this month at

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▲Florida-based real estate development and investment firm Kolter Urban has launched its first foray into Atlanta with luxury condominium tower Graydon Buckhead, located at 2520 Peachtree Road. The 22-story building will feature 47 condos and is expected to be complete by mid-2022. For more information, visit

▲The Irby, a new luxury apartment tower at 65 Irby Ave. in Buckhead, has welcomed its first residents. Named after Henry Irby, the man widely believed to have founded Buckhead in the 1800s, the 12-story building features 277 studio, one- and twobedroom units positioned above 13,150-square-feet of ground-floor restaurant and retail space. For more information, visit

Tenth Street Ventures along with partners Braden Fellman Group have purchased The Winnwood, an 89-yearold apartment building at 1460 West Peachtree Street in Midtown. They are applying for historic designation for the apartments that until recently were owned by the same family since being constructed in 1930. They are evaluating the best way to redevelop the building, while preserving the historic Neoclassical Revival exteriors. The Winnwood, which has 24 apartments, was built by The Whitehead family, which owned the house previously on the site. The property remained in the family until the death of Cecil S. Whitehead in the 2010s. Crescent Communities released new renderings for Novel Midtown, a 14-story luxury apartment tower at 339 Spring St., which is across the street from the big Whole Foods. On the same site as the apartments, Greenstone Properties has begun construction on a 12-story tower with 310,000 square feet of office space. The buildings will share underground parking and have retail space on the ground floors.

▲Longtime Atlanta real estate professional, William T. Robie, was honored by the City of Atlanta, Fulton County Government, and the Atlanta Real Estate Community during a recent milestone Centenarian Celebration. The Empire Board of Realtists, Inc. recognized the former Milledgeville sharecropper turned educator and real estate mentor during a luncheon at its headquarters. Robie is a Washington High School alum, World War II Army veteran, former professor at Clark College, former President of the Empire Board of Realtists, Inc., and past Chairman of the Board with the Atlanta Business League. The City of Atlanta presented Robie with its highest civic honor, The Phoenix Award. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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’ve lived my entire life in the South and I know hot. I’ve learned (for the most part) to deal with the increasing number of high temperature days, thanks to air conditioning and the trees that shade my home and Intown neighborhood. But, I’m worried. It’s getting hotter every year; the average temperature in Atlanta rose nearly two degrees Fahrenheit from 1980 to 2015 and dangerous heat waves are expected in the future, as the worldwide climate continues to warm at an accelerating rate. The Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that, by mid-century, the days when the heat index in the city of Atlanta is above 100 degrees could increase annually from six to 46 and the days when it’s above 105 degrees could increase from one to 23!

The heat index, which takes humidity into consideration, is the temperature that your body actually feels. While 2050 may seem like a distant date, it’s just 30 years away – the same period of time between 1990 (a year I remember well) and today. Recently, I heard Dr. Brian Stone, director of Georgia Tech’s Urban Climate Lab, speak at The Carter Center. In

summary, he told the filled room that Atlanta is warming at a rate three times faster than the planet; that the temperature in the city can be 15-20 degrees hotter than the suburbs; and that significant impacts are already being felt today, especially as we cut more trees, making the city hotter. In his words: “place is driving climate” with increasingly dangerous consequences. Extreme heat is more deadly than any other weather-related hazard, on average causing more deaths annually in the U.S. than tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes. Between 60 and 70 people die in Atlanta every year from heat exposure, according to Stone, and that number is expected to double by 2050. Human health impacts are greatest for lower income households with limited resources to improve insulation and install and operate air conditioning systems. Young children, the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions who work outside are particularly vulnerable. There is good news: a solution that enhances property values, reduces storm runoff and flooding, helps cleanse the air and supports affordable housing. We all know what it is – shade trees. Long known as “the city in a forest,” you might expect Atlanta to be a leader in encouraging, effectively regulating and, importantly, enforcing land use decisions that allow dense development, while protecting our tree canopy – a public asset of increasing value. Sadly, this is not the case. Since its passage nearly 20 years ago, Atlanta’s tree protection ordinance has been

beat on, beat up, revised and shrugged What will happen when Atlanta reaches the off by all the affected parties: developers, increases in population predicted? city planners, elected officials, residents, City Councilman Matt Westmoreland, and tree protection and clean water an Atlanta native, is chair of the Community advocates. Virtually everyone agrees that Development and Human Services the ordinance has never worked to protect Committee, which oversees the work of the existing trees – our best trees city’s planning department. As – during development and deadlines to produce a revised redevelopment. Its backbone tree ordinance came and went last is a fee-based transactional tool year, Matt became increasingly charging for tree removal – concerned. He says, “We have not simply a cost of doing business. done this process right. We’ve got An oak tree with a 30-inch one chance to protect our canopy.” diameter at chest height costs When I spoke with Matt $1,000; there is no fee for trees recently, I asked if he thought considered “dead, dying or the ordinance re-write process hazardous,” classifications used would continue to be kicked far too frequently. down the road. His immediate Why can’t this ordinance be response: “Not on my watch.” fixed, as our city grows hotter He pointed to a list of 2020 goals daily, endangering our health and objectives adopted by his and quality of life? Why won’t committee: the fourth goal of the city transparently provide nine is protection of tree canopy; its tree-related data and study specifically, the committee expects results? Why have ordinance reto have a draft of a revised tree writes been delayed and public protection ordinance by the meetings cancelled with no end of March, to be adopted by explanation from city planners, August. Importantly, an audit of infuriating the people who have the tree recompense (trust) fund is attended dozens of meetings By Sally Bethea to be aligned with the ordinance over the years and submitted adoption. Sally Bethea is the hundreds of comment letters? City Planning Commissioner retired executive director Their practical recommendations of Chattahoochee Tim Keane, who has unfortunately include: putting tree protection made disparaging remarks about Riverkeeper. She decisions at the beginning of the continues her advocacy tree protection groups, said a few development process, not the for the environment and months ago: “This [process] will end; saving the best trees (using take as long as it takes. But, I’m won the Georgia Press a value matrix); reducing grading Association Award for less optimistic now.” Matt and and impervious surfaces; and several of his council colleagues opinion writing for her enforcing the law. have a different timeline and a monthly column Meanwhile, chain saws, different attitude. They understand in INtown. grading machinery and everthe imperative, as the city prepares larger building footprints for a projected doubling in continue to destroy the natural population by mid-century and infrastructure that keeps our city cool. temperatures continue to rise. Their goal: More than 48,000 healthy trees have been a workable tree protection program that removed over the past six years, while the actually saves trees, protects public health city only recently regained the same human and enhances our economic security. population it had nearly 50 years ago.


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News You Can Eat Restaurants � Reviews � Events

Who’s Afraid of Lazy Betty? I

f you keep up at all with what’s new in the Atlanta food scene, there is no argument whatsoever now: You must go to Lazy Betty. The Candler Park restaurant offering two fixed-price multicourse menus in the old Radial Café space has been declared “Best of 2019” by Eater Atlanta, Thrillist and Atlanta Magazine. It is wholly unnecessary at this point for me to persuade you that the food is good. However, I can point to some stuff going on in the kitchen that underscores the idea that Lazy Betty is true to Atlanta’s sense of accessible cuisine. There are By Megan Volpert actual open flames instead of sous vide machines stacked everywhere. I never once saw a sous chef pick up a pair of tweezers or count out precisely three sprigs of micro greenery to place on top of a Megan Volpert lives dish. Several cooks in Decatur, teaches were wearing their in Roswell and writes favorite ball caps. books about popular There was neither culture. the deathly silence nor the red-faced screaming that one expects from a renowned fine dining establishment. So, this review is really to answer your two remaining questions: Why is the tasting menu a trending thing in Atlanta now, and when should I bother spending so much money for an infinite parade of tiny bites? Let’s begin by reflecting on the popularity of neighborhood restaurant weeks. Atlantans get excited to spend $35 or so on a three-course menu. Continue this to its logical conclusion: instead of giving diners three entrée choices, give them zero choices; add several more courses and reduce all their sizes to maintain control of both the total amount of food and its cost. A tasting menu just means letting the chef make decisions for you in exchange for getting to sample way more items than you ever could by ordering plates yourself. Yet, Atlanta has resisted tasting menus. Staplehouse, which was declared one of the best restaurants in the county by the national press in 2015, offered an amazing tasting menu that it still had to quietly give up on because folks wanted to order a

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la carte. Bacchanalia, long revered by locals as one of the best places our city has to offer, abandoned its tasting menu around the same time. Atlanta has not resisted the tasting menu because of its price point—are we not ballers?! This perception of expense persists even though the once again available tasting menu at Staplehouse works out to a quite reasonable $10 per plate. It’s most likely about the stuffiness implicit in a tasting menu. Really, it’s our fear of just how fancy such an endeavor might be. And who could blame us? We read the press on the best tasting menus coming out of New York City or Chicago, and something about it doesn’t fit with how folks dine out in Atlanta. We are ballers in our wallets, but bless our hearts, for our hearts remain country casual. Because even when we want to give up on deciding what to eat and just let an awesome chef feed us, we simultaneously don’t want to give up wearing jeans and a t-shirt to the restaurant or the easy-going conversation with our servers for which the Atlanta hospitality industry is widely acclaimed. So let me say this: when I went to Lazy Betty for the tasting menu on New Year’s Eve, I wore jeans and had many lovely, informal chats with the servers and chefs that were not focused on what was in the dish and how I should eat it— although of course we did have those talks, too. Chef Hsu’s food and pricing are on par with many of those legendary tasting menus in the national press. There are two tasting menus with almost no overlap between them, and the price runs from about $125 to $165. I believe a lot more folks in Atlanta would pony up the money for a parade of tiny bites if they felt confident that they won’t seem dumb or uncouth to those running the restaurant. Nobody goes out to eat so they can feel anxious and inferior. At Lazy Betty, you can learn as much or as little was you want to about the food. All my questions about the chemical reaction that causes foie gras to have a salty aftertaste did get fully answered, but I also talked to the staff about what they’re watching on Netflix. One of the bartenders told us about her upcoming trip to Cartagena. They were happy to talk about food, or about themselves, or not at all. I was in jeans and sat next to man in a tux. We had an equally great time—me chatting up any server who made direct eye contact with me, and him consulting only with the sommelier and otherwise keeping to himself. Here’s a typical interaction we had with Chef Hsu: He presented us a plate with At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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for all manner of one-night-only tricks. The menu was a little more expensive due to some extra premium ingredients, but other than that, no ridiculous fanfare about the end of the decade. What a relief! Lazy Betty is equipped to make whatever kind of celebration you want, whenever you want it, buoyed by its natural instinct for friendly hospitality and its lack of fussy traditionalism. I got up to use the restroom at one point and came back fewer than three minutes later to find my napkin refolded—plainly done into quarters so I’d know they cared, but not done into a swan or five points or something that I’d feel like a heathen for destroying. Go to Lazy Betty because you will not destroy anything with your alleged, self-diagnosed clumsy ignorance. In fact, Lazy Betty’s way of doing things may prove to be the destroyer of some of those assumed rules set up in the highly awarded but much less warm and welcoming places covered by the national press up north. Lazy Betty is located at 1530 DeKalb Ave. Visit for reservations and more information.

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three bites. I asked if we should eat them left to right. He said most people do that. My wife joked about reading Hebrew right to left. Hsu smiled and turned her plate around so that she could eat it right to left yet still in the preferred sequence, and we all had a good laugh. Earlier in the night, I asked if they could course out their three zero-proof cocktails for me just like they do for the wine pairing options. They’d never done it before, but rejecting my request never crossed their minds. They made a quick little huddle, and everybody was excited to offer an opinion on when and in what order to produce those glasses for me. You can definitely get that fancy fine dining experience if you want it, but it is not the default setting at Lazy Betty. Unlike similarly priced and coursed meals you find in New York or Chicago, where servers generally stick to a script or else get playful only about what’s on the table, Lazy Betty carries on Atlanta’s more overarching tradition of comfortable hospitality. It is not scary to go there—the question is just whether you’re a person who spends $125 for dinner on any given Tuesday, or once a year for a big blowout. Going on New Year’s Eve, I was prepared

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Tasting Intown: Field Day in Old Fourth Ward

By Jacob Nguyen The first thing you notice about Field Day is the cozy interior with its 1970s color scheme and eclectic décor that also describes the menu that includes a little bit of everything. Located in the former Across the Street Mexican restaurant, the new eatery is on a busy corner in the Old Fourth Ward that also includes Highland Bakery, Chef ’d Up and Umai Sushi & Noodles. When I visited with a friend on a cold Thursday night in February, we didn’t arrive until almost 9 p.m. and the restaurant was not quite full. The dayglow orange formica tables in each corner, the plastic green chairs and the fun racing stripes on the windows


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give the restaurant a casual feel. The menu has 18 items to choose from such as duck and citrus salad, steak tartare, grilled cheese, chicken yakitori roll, steak frites, clam clowder, and two different burgers. There’s also a separate menu just for the cocktails and in the warmer weather there is an outdoor bar and patio space. I decided to order the brisket potato ($12), which was a basic baked potato that came stuffed with shredded barbecue brisket, crème fraiche, cheese and scallions. The combination of flavors was good and the brisket was very tender and flavorfully smoked, but I wish there had been more of it. I also ordered the crab dip ($8), which has an interesting presentation. The lump crab mixed with pickled celery, dill and new bay is served in small blue jar on a plate with thick, buttered toast. I don’t know if this was meant to be shared, but it was barely enough for one person. It was delicious, however, and the mix of crab on the toast offered plenty of texture and flavor. My friend got the classic burger ($12), which is a single patty with Tillamook cheddar cheese and “champ sauce” on sesame seed bun. When my friend asked what the sauce was, the server described it as Field Day’s version of McDonald’s Big Mac sauce. The burger was small and basic and while it was cooked medium as ordered, my friend described it as nothing special and overpriced. French fries were $4 extra, which even I thought was excessive. The bill for the evening with tax and gratuity was $50, which just seems high for a small, neighborhood place. I wouldn’t call Field Day a “destination” restaurant that people will drive miles to eat at when they can get something comparable and for less in their own backyard. My guess is that Field Day is a fun spot to hang out and have drinks with friends on warm spring and summer nights when the patio is open. I’ll probably go back and try it, but I might skip dinner. Field Day is located at 668 Highland Ave. and is open from 5 p.m. to midnight (1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) for dinner. For more information, visit At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m Betsy Franks-Broker. The above information is believed accurate, but is not warranted. This offer is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale and withdrawals without notice.



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A Taste of the IRISH

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By Mark Woolsey While nobody’s going to mistake Atlanta’s Irish Pub scene with the Emerald Isle’s watering holes or fabled spots like McSorley’s in New York, the ATL makes a pretty fair showing. Local offerings range from upscale showplaces to compact, darkish cubbies where you could easily imagine hulking Irish farmhands pairing a Guinness and shepherd’s pie. St. Patrick’s Day beckons, and while Atlanta area Irish spots will pull out all the stops to celebrate, where do you go the rest of the month—and year—for some truenatured immersion in the auld sod? Here are some suggestions.

Limerick Junction— Virginia-Highland It’s the oldest Irish pub in metro Atlanta, dating back to the late 80s. Named after an Irish railway intersection, it brings the theme off beautifully from a mural showing country folk boarding a train to railway signal lights. It’s really more of a drinker’s haven than a foodie

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emporium, with manager Joshua Jacob accommodatingly explaining the ins and outs of everything from Irish whiskey to craft gin. But the food isn’t a forlorn afterthought. Bangers and mash feature savory sausages— seemingly with a bit of filler but nicely herbed—nestled on a bed of horseradishflavored potatoes. They’re served with tingly Coca-Cola Gravy. Also, a dining companion pronounced the fish and chips among the best she’d ever tried. Limerick Junction is a tiny spot, but the folks behind the bar have some of the biggest hearts.

The Marlay House—Decatur

In contrast to the somewhat nookand-cranny layout of Fado (and the Olde Blind Dog, more on them in a minute), The Marlay’s seating area is grouped around a central bar—an arrangement meant to encourage conversation, said part-owner Colin Comer, one of three Irish sibs who preside over the neighborhood-vibey spot. “We strove to create a place we’d want to go in Dublin,” is how he put it. “We wanted to be authentic and not have

shillelaghs everywhere.” You’ll find the usual Guinness signs and football banners but overall less Irish kitsch and more original art. And the food is very much a part of the conversation. The signature item is the brisket, braised in Guinness, spiced just right and slow-cooked overnight. It’s fork-tender and bursting with flavor. The accompanying gravy is a nice bonus, but you don’t need it—this dish stands on its own. Tomato basil soup didn’t score quite as well; it was less creamy and more astringent tasting than many. Marlay House has all the pub standard beers, ales, stouts and spirits, but are more local-craft-beer-dominated than many pubs.

themed gathering spots, but the shepherd’s pie brings you right back to the heart of the matter. It’s cooked up with the traditional lamb, not beef, and very tender lamb at that, which is ensconced in a rich gravy with peas, carrots and onions and topped with cheesy mashed potatoes. The combination virtually melts in the mouth. Paired with a perfectly poured Irish lager, it’s a joyful brunch item. No wonder this place was voted International Irish Pub of the year in 2015. Try the cheddar and ale dip; it’ll make you want to lick the spoon once the accompanying chips are exhausted. And should you be undecided about spirits, they have flights of Irish whiskey—a nice touch.

The Olde Blind Dog— Milton and Brookhaven

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Points for name, even more points for its own brand of authenticity. You’ll find it much lighter and airier, with high-ceilings and abundant lighting creating a spacious feel. It may lack the warm, murky and huddle-up feel of some traditional Emerald-

Any Irish-in-Atlanta discussion has to include Fado, which Irish investors debuted right before the 1996 Olympics. Whereas Limerick feels a bit frayed, Fado is much more what one wag dubbed “Disneyland.” There’s plenty of stained glass and metal

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handiwork, with an obvious love of detail. Alas, the menu didn’t show the same love. The Irish breakfast scored many points with over-easy eggs, tasty soda bread, black-and-white pudding that was meaty and satisfying and sausage that virtually caressed the tongue. In contrast, the American breakfast suffered from stone-cold eggs and soggy hash browns. In all fairness, a manager was quick to address food and service issues. The place almost feels more like a sports bar than anything else—they open eyeachingly early on weekends for the soccer games across the pond. And if you go there, don’t get too attached to the surroundings. A full-on remodeling to be done by summer will include a covered patio and a substantial reshaping of the interior, with brighter colors and fewer knickknacks.

Keegan’s—Kennesaw, Woodstock and Vinings There’s nothing superspecial about the décor, nor is the menu particularly heavy with Irish food. What will keep you coming back again and again are the Irish Spring Rolls, wontons stuffed with lean corned beef and cabbage and Swiss cheese. Served with a side of Thousand Island Dressing, they whet the appetite for a pint quite nicely. They’re perfect as a small plate, but should they arrive as an appetizer for the crew, grab them quickly or you’ll be left out.

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QUICK BITES VIÊTVANA PhÕ Noodle House has opened its second Atlanta location at Square on Fifth at 848 Spring St. in Midtown. Husband and wife team Dinh Tran and Khanh Dang, who also operate the original restaurant in Avondale Estates with a third under construction in Duluth, have created their own phÕ noodle and banh mi bread inspired by what they enjoyed in Saigon and regions across Vietnam. For more information, visit The Chastain, a new restaurant from Executive Chef Christopher Grossman, will open this summer in the former Horseradish Grill space at 4320 Powers Ferry Road. Grossman’s partner and co-owner Geno Dew, who most recently served as general manager of Atlas, will be general manager and help oversee the restaurant’s wine program. The menu is described at “new American” with local ingredients and seasonal harvest to create dishes ranging from classic L-R, The Chastain Executive Chef & Co-Owner Christopher favorites to inventive new takes. For Grossman and Partner & Co-Owner Geno Dew more, visit ►Wahlburgers, created by musicians/ actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, has opened its second metro location in Downtown at 218 Peachtree St. across from Hard Rock Café. First opened in 2011 in Boston and the subject of a hit reality television show, the burger chain already has an outpost The Battery. For more, visit The 5th annual Atlanta Brunch Fest will be held Saturday, March 7, noon to 4 p.m. at Atlantic Station’s event space at 241 20th

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Cinema Paradiso Donna Lefont is on a mission to keep film history alive in Atlanta By Lauren Leathers


hen Donna Lefont was 8-years-old, her father worked at a local movie theater. As a single dad, he often took his children to work with him, where they would run freely around the theater. Lefont’s favorite place to explore were the projection rooms. She recalls peeking out from behind the machinery and seeing a dark room full of people, their faces lit up by the screen. “It was kind of like a Cinema Paradiso,” she says, namechecking the classic Italian film about a young boy who escapes life in his war-torn village at the local movie house. “The theater was my home away from home and I got used to it.” The Lefont name is legendary in Atlanta because Donna’s ex-husband, George Lefont, owned a chain of independent cinemas in the city for 40 years that still loom large in movielovers’ minds, including The Silver Screen, The Screening Room, Garden Hills Cinema, Lefont Sandy Springs and Plaza Theatre. Lefont Theaters were the place to see foreign, independent and documentary films. George opened his first theater, The Silver Screen, in Buckhead circa 1976. Lefont Sandy Springs was the last theater he owned before retiring in

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2017. Donna has made it her mission to not only continue George’s legacy, but continue her passion for curating films, connecting the community, and teaching the relevance of cinema she first experienced as a child. The Lefont Film Society was created in 2012 to “bring back a version of the Lefont programming and nostalgia without having a physical location again,” and has since become integrated into Food Film Music (foodfilmmusic. com), a series of pop-up style screenings. “The popup idea came to me because it kind of allows for curated programming, specific to the neighborhood audiences.” Lefont says the popup cinemas – which will take place in various locations including yoga studios, local theaters, restaurants, boutiques, and more – will provide the opportunity to hold tight to the city’s film history, provide education opportunities, and fulfill her passion for film. It also provides a chance for movie-goers to collectively share emotion and exchange dialogue about the films. “If you’re watching something and you’re crying together, with your pupils sniffling next to you, and you’re trying to hold it back, or people At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

are busting a gut laughing,” Lefont says. “You’re sharing emotion with people, and I think in this day and age with all the technology available, we need to stay connected.” The movies Food Film Music screens are handpicked and curated by Lefont. She says researching the films is her favorite part, because she’ll often go down a rabbit hole of discovering movies she’s never seen prior. After picking the film, Lefont researches the distribution rights and/or contacts distributors to request screening rights. “Hidden history is what I’m trying to discover and find new ways to connect — food, film, and music pretty much connect all of us in some way,” she says. Next on the Food Film Music docket is a double feature of The Mindfulness Movement and Tashi and the Monk on Saturday, April 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cinevision Screening Room in Chamblee. Lefont is also collaborating with Emory University’s Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, which focuses on practicing attentional stability, analytical reflection, and increased emotional awareness, at future movie and meditation events. She also plans to host a film screenwriting camp in June for 5th to 9th graders to teach screenwriting and storytelling. To Lefont, a great story will remain timeless. “There’s so many production camps and workshops available, but let’s back it up to storytelling,” she says. “We have to retrain our minds to not consume so much all the time, and to actually be mindful and slow down and really appreciate this visual motion picture art form for what it is. Without that, you’re going to lose film history.”

As with many aspects of media in this digital age, there is a looming shadow over the fate of the traditional movie theater due to distribution rights, the convenience of streaming entertainment, and the influx of film that is changing Atlanta. “I think it’s going to take reaching a plateau that people are going to want to connect back in the dark auditorium with strangers,” Lefont says. “Sure, you can have comfortable seats in your home, but that’s not the same as having this huge screen take over your whole life. You have to make the effort to appreciate the art form, no different than going to see a live band versus listening to it online.” While Atlanta has become Hollywood adjacent with Tyler Perry Studios, Pinewood Studios, and EUE/Screen Gems and dozens of big budget film and television shows constantly in production (from the Marvel universe films to Stranger Things), the city’s growing film economy hasn’t phased Lefont. She’s focused on conserving the vast film history the city holds. “There’s so much growth going on in this city and I think it’s important to hang on to the history and to keep sharing it even as people are moving here,” she says. “Everybody’s trying to get into the [film] business and I don’t even know if they understand the history of it.” Part of understanding that history is keeping George Lefont’s passion for cinema alive in the city. “The Lefont Film Society built such a great following all those years and I can’t let it disappear, because all the hard work would have been in vain,” she says. “It’s getting back out into the community and talking about the Lefont Theaters film legacy, the Atlanta film legacy.”


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St. Patrick’s Day Parade and events set for March By Collin Kelley Looking for something to do to celebrate St. Patricks’ Day this year? These events offer festive fun, beer, food, music and more. St. Patrick’s Day Parade The 138th annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade returns to the streets of Midtown on Saturday, March 14. This year’s parade steps off at noon at the intersection of Peachtree and 15th streets and continues down Peachtree to 5th Street. More than 2,000 dancers, musicians, llamas and Irish and local dignitaries are expected to march this year. For more information, visit Social Mess Irish Lights Festival Social Mess is hosting its Irish Lights Festival on March 7 from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. at Park Tavern with multiple areas of entertainment including live music, host of DJ’s spinning EDM, tropical house, deep house, progressive house, pop n rock and more. Tickets are $20 or $50 for VIP. Information: ◄New Realm Brewing Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 13 and 14 at New Realm Brewing in PonceyHighland. On Friday, sip craft beer, eat some tasty bites and jam out to Def Leprechauns from 7 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, there will be live music and entertainment all day including North GA Piper, Burke Connolly Academy of Irish Dance, North GA Pipes and Drums, and Ah, Surely Trio. Visit newrealmbrewing. com for details. Fadó Irish Pub The Buckhead pub will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day block party on March 14. Fadó will close down the streets in The Shops Buckhead for live music and events. The outdoor party includes a full line-up of live music (Almost Famous, The Muckers, and Desire), DJs, Irish dancers and bagpipers, food trucks, and multiple beer and cocktail stations. To see all the events happening at Fado and purchase tickets, visit Green Mile Block Party The annual event will be held March 13 at 7 p.m. in Midtown with participating bars offering drink specials, Irish-themed good, party beads and more. More than 20 bars are participating in this year’s event including Fado’s Irish Pub, Rí Rá Irish Pub, McCray’s Tavern, Tiki Tango, Henry’s Midtown Tavern, Blue India, Einstein’s, Joe’s on Junipers, and 10th & Piedmont. Tickets are available at

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diverse mix of new choreographic works to the Ferst stage, exploring the bridges between movement and life experiences. Mar 20-21: $30. Diana Ross: From her landmark solo career to the early days as the leader of The Supremes, Ross helped shape the sound of popular music. Mar 1. $40.50-$100.50. Giselle: An enrapturing masterwork that remains one of the most enduring romantic ballets of all time. Mar 27-29: $22-$29. Hamilton: Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, this musical is the story of America then, as told by America now. Mar 31-May 3. $80-$340.

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Indigo Girls, The Black Keys, Oysterhead headlining music festivals By Jacob Nguyen If you like live music, there will be plenty of festivals featuring local and internationally known bands this spring. Check out this lineup of events and get tickets now because some of these are sure to sell out. Atlanta Jewish Music Festival The 11th annual AJMF will hold its 2020 Spring Showcase March 12-15 at various venues around the city. The lineup includes Duchess (March 12, Woodruff Arts Center); The Wind-Down (March 13, Urban Tree Cidery); ATL Collective Relives the Sounds of Jerry Wexler & Atlantic Records (March 14, City Winery); and the Anne Frank-inspired choral work “Annelies” from the Clark Atlanta Philharmonic Society (March 15, The Temple.) For tickets and information, visit

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