Full Commission, a coffee shop-meets-Southern gastropub, opens soon in Grant Park

The new concept targets a May opening at Larkin on Memorial
Outside Full Commission

Courtesy of David Traxler

Opening in Larkin on Memorial in Grant Park in May, Full Commission promises to be a lot of things to a lot of people. It’ll be a coffee shop serving espresso drinks, nitro cold brews, and flavored kombucha. It’ll be a spot to dine on a light breakfast or grab one to-go on your way to the office. It’ll be a Southern gastropub with an upscale environment, serving both large and small plates made for sharing. It’ll be a late-night spot for beer and wine on tap and specialty cocktails. And, it’ll be a weekend brunch destination, “fusing cocktail, coffee, and food cultures together,” says owner David Traxler.

Full Commission is Traxler’s first restaurant. His background is in IT sales, where he was paid on commission. He saved up those commissions and put them toward his lifelong dream—his own restaurant and bar in his neighborhood. “Essentially I’m going full-commission again,” he explains. “I’m putting everything I have in it, and we’re going all in.”

He’s hired executive chef Garrett Wheeler, formerly of Endive Public House and the Federal, to lead the kitchen, and Ben McAdams, of Savannah, as general manager.

From left: Owner David Traxler, executive chef Garrett Wheeler, and general manager Ben McAdams

Courtesy of David Traxler

The menus aren’t finalized yet, but morning offerings might include yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit and granola and breakfast sandwiches. Afternoon and evening fare may range from boiled peanut hummus with pickled green beans, roasted olives, grape and cherry tomatoes, and malanga to Heritage Farms Cheshire pork loin with collard-style bok choy, ponzu cole slaw, and miso pear butter.

Traxler says the brunch menu will be “super creative,” featuring items like fried bologna biscuit Wellington with shiitake gravy and a take on chicken and waffles where fried Springer Mountain chicken tenders are skewered, fried in waffle batter, and served with a seasonal berry-citrus glaze. There will be 10-12 wines on tap (mostly domestics), plus a “fairly local” beer list.

Designed by Pattern R+D, Full Commission features a mid-century modern vibe with hexagonal tile floors, 22-foot vaulted ceilings with industrial steel beams showing, and a gold, white, and slate gray color scheme. “The inside is very lounge-y and intimate. There’s 45 seats including 10 at the bar,” Traxler says. There’s also a patio with a counter and soft seating for 45 people.