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Coming August, 2010 to 999 Peachtree

In This Issue: • Hugh Acheson's Empire • Midtown Arts • Center for Puppetry Arts

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Volume 2, Issue 3

New In Town Drew Lewis Aurum and more! Third Quarter, 2010

Hugh Acheson's Empire With the success of Five and Ten, The National and Gosford Wines, Hugh Acheson is already a fixture on the Athens food scene. Now, Hugh is about to add Atlanta to his empire with the fall 2010 opening of Empire State South. Story pages 8-9.

Festival of the Arts Midtown Festival of the Arts is coming to the neighborhood September 25-26 with works by over 100 visual artists


here's a new arts festival in town. Having raised over $80,000 in corporate sponsorships from Audi, as well as many Midtown businesses and residential towers, Atlanta's newest arts festival has also recieved a thumbs up from Mayor Kasim Reed. "I look forward to attending this new, signature event in the City of Atlanta," says 2

Mayor Reed. Created by Midtown Festival of the Arts, Inc., the event plan includes a family friendly kid zone, a Midtown Mile road race, a public art display and auction, and other festival attractions such as street performers, spoken word events and film presentations. For info visit:

Pulling Strings Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts has no strings to hold it down


theater, is a leader in the field. Their upcoming show, family favorite Rumpelstiltskin running August 6 - September 12, is our featured event this quarter. For more info, visit

hen people think of puppetry, they tend to think of muppets or hand puppets -- something that's just for kids. However, contemporary puppetry has its fingers in all kinds of genres including horror, drama, the surreal and even the risquĂŠ. Midtown's own Center for Puppetry Arts, the nation's first (and still the largest) organization devoted solely to the art of puppet


New in Town Midtown's getting some hot new neighbors this summer. Here's a sneak peek

CB2 CB2 is a new destination from Crate and Barrel offering quality, modern furnishings and clever accessories for apartments, lofts and homes at a value-driven price. This August, CB2 will be opening its seventh brick and mortar location in Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood on the corner of 12th and Peachtree.

EXHALE Exhale is a dramatic 22,500 SF spa venue perched on the 2nd floor of the new Loews Hotel. Its highly acclaimed service offerings encompass yoga, Pilates-infused Core Fusion速, spa therapies, express wellbar therapies, healing modalities, mind-body gym, and hammam detox chamber in a serene, tranquil environment that encourages clients to surrender to the experience and embrace the healing energies. For more info, visit


A Boy's Dream Drew Lewis is branching out with great new brands from Billy Reid, CXXVI and Mark Jacobs. With a major sale going on through August, now's the time to check out Midtown's best new fashion destination.

The world's comfiest classic polos from Billy Reid:

Unpretentious Luxury The city's hippest DJs, ultra-luxe 24-carat decor and a smokefree speakeasy vibe make Aurum Midtown's hottest nightspot


signer duds that smell like an ashtray the second you get home from a big night out. Aurum hosts a wide variety of the hippest DJ's in the city and is located in the heart of Midtown in the Metropolis building; it's got that hidden speakeasy vibe and is definitely cozier than the bigger clubs that can leave you looking for your friends all night.

ooking for a dingy, smoky club with rude bartenders and the same old crowd? Then, stay away from Aurum. The unpretentious lounge with 24-carat decor (read: Aurum means "gold" in Latin) pulls off the swanky vibe without the noses in the air, and did we mention it's smoke-free? No more wanting to burn those de-


Meet Marti Kelefas Marti Kelefas has served as the Piedmont Conservancy's executive assistant for over 12 years

“Work is love made visible.”

Q: You've worked with the Piedmont Conservancy for a long time. What changes have you seen?

Q: Tell us a funny story about Piedmont Park. A: Once I was walking through the Park and a car with an elderly couple drove up beside me. As no vehicles are allowed in the park, I asked them how they got in. They told me they thought they might be lost and were trying to find the airport.

A: The physical condition of the Park has improved tremendously. The Park looks lush and manicured now and of course, all the old dilapidated buildings have now been renovated including the pool, which is just fantastic.

Q: Any closing remarks? A: If you haven’t been to the Park in a while, I’d like to invite you. You’ll be amazed by the changes, and by the time the North Wood Expansion is completed at the end of 2010, there will be an additional 53 acres of beautiful parkland to enjoy. For more info, visit:

Q: What do you like best about working at the Conservancy? A: I love being able to see the positive results of my work. Every morning when I enter the Park I see how beautiful and vibrant it is. It’s a natural oasis in the middle of the city and it confirms my belief in the Quaker saying, 6

Summer Stroll

We had a blast at the first-ever Summer Stroll on the Mile this past June. It was fantastic to see neighbors walking the Mile, discovering pockets of festival fun along Peachtree St., from mural making to food tasting, firebreathers, live music, inflatables and more. Here are just a few highlights:

Hugh Acheson's Empir

Food & Wine "Best New Chef" and owner of celebrated Athens eate small-town Southern flavors to the big city with a new venture, Emp


idtown Atlanta is giddy with anticipation for the opening of Hugh Acheson's newest restaurant endeavor, Empire State South, coming this August to 999 Peachtree. Some of the beautiful flavors you'll find include succotash

crafted from stunning tomatoes, crisp sweet/sour sliced Southern pickles, and amazing woodsey chanterelles hand picked by Five and Ten server, Bob Fernandez. Acheson will bring his

Meet the Chef Nick Melvin, the former Executive Chef at Parish Foods & Goods, will be the Chef de Cuisine at Empire State South


ick Melvin got his start in cooking by pestering his mom in their Louisiana kitchen. Of his new venture at ESS, Melvin says, “As a chef from the South, it is a dream to work in a kitchen where the concept is pure simplicity at its best. Empire State South will be exactly that: a communal restaurant where Southern culture is exemplified and shines. This will truly be a great experience for me and for the city as a whole.�


eries Five and Ten and The National, Hugh Acheson brings his pire State South, opening this summer at 999 Peachtree

own brand of down-home humility to a growing community of local eateries committed to regionally and sustainably harvested ingredients. "Sure, Empire State South is 'farm to table'," says Acheson, "but the menu doesn't need to be littered with farmers' names to prove the veracity of the flavors. Good food is good food." For a chef who has more than earned his bragging rights, Acheson is decidely down to earth. A fourtime James Beard award nominee, chef/owner of two highly successful Athen's eateries, and winner of Gourmet magazine's "Most Appropriate Chef Tattoo" award, Acheson is disarmingly humble when he describes his cooking. "I want to be a part of my

community," he says. "I want to cook to comfort my community in good times and in bad. As a lot of chefs mature, their cooking gets more complex; mine has gotten simpler." Empire State South will offer a classy, but not fussy, dining experience. Clients can enjoy a game of bocce ball in the adjacent outdoor court or pick up a takeout sandwich from the full service cafĂŠ in the restaurant's lobby. It should come as no surprise that Acheson's award-winning tattoo is a radish, an ingredient best served warm from the sun, brushed with butter and sprinkled in salt, like the iconic Southern flavors you'll find at Empire State South.

In Midtown, there’s always something going on after dark. Here are a few of our favorite post-sunset pastimes.

DANCING • Opera (1150): 1150B Peachtree Street, 404.874.0428 • Sutra Lounge: 1136 Crescent Avenue, 404.607.1160 • Cosmopolitan/Lava Lounge: 45 13th St, 404.873.6189 • Primal: 960 Spring Street NW, 404.745.9494 • Door 44: 44 12th Street, 678.949.9531 • Whiskey Park: 188 14th Street NE, 404.537.2815

LIVE MUSIC • Churchill Grounds: 660 Peachtree Street, 404.876.3030 • Vinyl: 1374 West Peachtree Street, 404.885.1365 • MJQ: 736 Ponce de Leon Avenue, 404.870.0575

THEATER/COMEDY • Laughing Skull Lounge: 878 Peachtree St., 404.875.1667 • Whole World Theater: 1226 Spring St., 404.817.7529 • 14th Street Playhouse: 173 14th Street, 404.733.4738 • Dad’s Garage: 280 Elizabeth St, 404.523.3141

RESTAURANT/LOUNGE • Aurum: 933 Peachtree Street. (404) 815-9426 • Bazzaar: 654 Peachtree Street, 404.885.7505 • Beleza Lounge: 905 Juniper Street, 678.904.4582 • Flip Flops: 1140 Crescent Avenue678.705.8555 • Geisha House: 1380 Atlantic Drive, 404.872.3903 • Halo: 817 W. Peachtree St. #E-100, 404.962.7333 • L-Bar: 939 Ponce de Leon Avenue, 208.545.1176


RESTAURANT/LOUNGE • Leopard Lounge: 84 12th Street, 404.271.4785 • The Nook: 1144 Piedmont Avenue, 404.745.9222 • Park Tavern: 500 10th Street NE, 404.249.0001 • Shout: 1197 Peachtree Street, 404.846.2000 • Steamhouse Lounge: 1051 W. Peachtree, 404.233.7980 • Straits: 793 Juniper Street, NE, 404.877.1283 • Twisted Taco: 66 12th Street, NE, 404.607.8771 • Vortex: 878 Peachtree Street, 404.875.1667 • Zocalos: 187 10th Street, NE, 404.249.7576

LGBTQ NIGHTLIFE • Blakes: 227 10th Street, 404.892.5786 • Bulldogs: 893 Peachtree Street, 404.872.3025 • Burkharts: 1492 Piedmont Avenue # F, 404.872.4403

MISCELLANEOUS • 10 Pin Alley: 261 19th Street, 404.872.3364 (Bowling) • Cheetah: 887 Spring Street NW, 678.916.4316 (Adult Entertainment)

Aurum at Metropolis Visit Midtown’s coolest new cocktail lounge. Aurum is Latin for “gold,” and the new lounge features a gold and chocolate color palate, laid-back DJ’s and great drinks. 933 Peachtree, Suite 915 | (404) 815-9426


Events Calendar Noteworthy: "Cocktails in the Garden" Thursdays all summer from 6pm - 10pm: Make it a double! Cocktails in the Garden provides the only nighttime opportunity to explore the new features which nearly double the size of the Botanical Garden.

July, 2010 07/21: Flicks on Fifth presents "Hot Tub Time Machine." Movies begin around nightfall (~9PM) at the 5th St. Bridge.

Bootcamp 4a Cause:

August, 2010

Be well. Do good. BC4C, Piedmont Park’s newest bootcamp, donates 100% of its net profits to Piedmont Park conservancy and Camp Twin Lakes. Now enrolling for August and September!

08/24: evening lecture and book signing with Atlanta author Pearl Cleage at the Margaret Mitchell House. 404.814.4150

September 2010 09/01: Twist, An American Musical at the Alliance Theater, Alliance stage through 10/03/10. As the Roaring Twenties dance their way down Bourbon Street, an orphan in search of home finds family in the most unexpected places.

FEATURED EVENT "My daughter can spin straw into gold!" brags Kate's father and so begins the classic fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin appearing Aug. 6 - Sept. 12 at the Center For Puppetry Arts. For more info, visit or call 404.873.3391 for tickets.


Arts & Entertainment 14th Street Playhouse

173 14th Street. 404.733.4738

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

1280 Peachtree Street. 404.733.5000

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street. 404.873.3391

Georgia Shakespeare

4484 Peachtree Rd. 404.264.0020

High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street. 404.733.HIGH

Margaret Mitchell House

990 Peachtree Street. 404.249.7015

Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Center 1071 Piedmont Avenue. 404.876.4024

For a more extensive list of links to Midtown arts and entertainment venues, visit

Neighborhood And Community NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS Ansley Park Atlantic Station Home Park Midtown Alliance 404.892.4782 Midtown Neighborhood Midtown’s Peachtree Corridor Sherwood Forest

GOVERNMENT SERVICES City Council District 2 Kwanza Hall 404.330.6038 Fire Station #15 170 10th St. Atlanta, GA 30309 Police Zone 5 404.658.7054 NPU-E Chair: Penelope Cheroff Meetings: 1st Tues, 6:30pm Report A Pothole 404.768.4653


Metropolis & 999 Peachtree PERSONAL SERVICES

$10 Off

Cross Cuts Hair stylists 999 Peachtree, Lobby Level 404.872.2226

Your Purchase of $100 or More

James Madison Salon Hair stylists 404.266.8647 933 Peachtree, The Metropolis Solarium Tanning Tanning salon 404.249.9677 933 Peachtree, The Metropolis Doc’s Shoeshine & Leather Care 999 Peachtree, Lobby Level

*Restrictions may apply. Expires August 31st

MEDICAL/DENTAL SERVICES Dr. Herman Donatelli General & Prosthrodontics 404.874.9615 Goodman & Goldstein Endodontics 404.885.1441 Metro Atlanta Cardiology Consultants Diagnostic, Interventional and Preventive Cardiology 404.874.1788 Midtown Oral & Facial Surgery Oral Surgery 404.892.2999


Metropolis & 999 Peachtree (PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CON’T) Dr. Abe Shuster Periodontics 404.876.4867 Dr. Jeff Smith General & Cosmetic Dentistry 404.876.7979 Nanston Dental General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry 404.892.2337

RESTAURANT Empire State South Coming August, 2010 Jimmy John’s Sandwiches 404.853.3443 The Peachtree Club 404.817.0999 Silk Restaurant 678.705.8888 Taco Mac 678.904.7211

RETAIL Drew Lewis Men's and women's fashion 404.881.5359 The UPS Store Shipping professionals 933 Peachtree, The Metropolis 404.685.8280 Yes Home Home accents, accessories and furniture 933 Peachtree, The Metropolis 404.733.5909 Published by TuckerMott Companies for Jamestown Properties. All Rights Reserved. ® For information on obtaining a business listing in the Midtown Beacon, contact:


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