Dirty Tea lounge to serve high tea with a twist in Virginia-Highland

The mother-daughter team announces a soft opening on June 22

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Photo by Charlton Inije

Mother-and-daughter team Rita and Brittany Campos are bringing their own version of high tea to Virginia-Highland. They’ve taken over the space formerly home to Ten Thousand Villages on St. Charles Avenue and are transforming it into an Instagram-worthy parlor with seating for 55. Named the Dirty Tea, the space will feature a walk-in coffee bar as well as reservation-only experiences.

“The idea came from traveling. I had an amazing high tea experience in London,” Brittany says. “But we wanted to make this modern, not Old English-style.”

At Dirty Tea Lounge’s soft opening on June 22, attendees will be greeted with a combination of pastels and neutral colors; textures like suede, velour, and leather; and eye-catching chandeliers and candelabras. Ceramic teacups cover one wall, while florals cover another. A lighted sign boasting “the Dirty Tea” hangs near the door. (“Dirty” sayings like “We don’t serve tea with pee” and “Don’t be a dirty bitch—wash your paws” will also be found around the space.) On the left side, high bar seating will be available for walk-ins who want to grab a cup of coffee or tea and a quick bite to eat. Music will include top 40s, jazz, and light R&B.

“We’re trying to introduce Atlanta and the millennial community to high tea. We want to bring some different culture with a twist to the area,” says Rita, who has a background in luxury retail.

Inside the Dirty Tea Lounge

Photo by Charlton Inije

Photo by Charlton Inije

Photo by Charlton Inije

Photo by Charlton Inije

For high tea, three packages will be available: one with tea, coffee, and pastries; another including a mimosa or house signature cocktail, and a third featuring wine and charcuterie. Dirty Tea has not secured its alcohol license yet but plans to do so before its grand opening in August or September. As for food, the Campos duo is partnering with Alon’s to supply macarons, Danishes, breads, and later paninis and soups.

“We took our time to get it exactly how we wanted it. We’re really excited to be part of the community,” Rita says.

Photo by Charlton Inije

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