Communion, Kevin Gillespie’s outdoor beer garden located behind Revival in Decatur, will re-open to the public on Saturday, September 8, after becoming a private events space last year. According to a press release, Communion will open at noon on weekends through the weekend of November 27 and is billing itself as a football-watching spot. (Gillespie gave a particular shout out to “the Dawgs and the Falcons” in the press release.)
As in past years, patrons can order food from the red food truck parked on-site. This season’s menu features chicken wings (hot, mild, lemon pepper, and barbecue), chicken tenders, and french fries, along with craft beer and a weekly rotating cocktail.
Communion has had an interesting evolution since it first opened back in 2016. That year, it featured Bavarian pretzels and bratwurst, then transformed into a taco cantina when it re-opened in the spring of 2017. Last August, Communion closed to become a private events space, citing increased demand for events and unpredictable weather, according to Eater Atlanta. But even in our interview with him way back in April 2016, Gillespie mentioned wanting Communion to be a place “to watch the football game on the weekend.”
Gillespie recently returned to the kitchen after undergoing surgery for renal cancer in May, but mentioned a large lineup of upcoming projects when we chatted with him recently at a media event at Revival that previewed the special menu he’s crafting for the 1904 Club at the TOUR Championship later this month. He’s also doing several charity dinners that were sold at this year’s Team Hidi auction; working on his BeltLine beer garden Cold Beer, set to open in March; and also working on “a new TV show.”
“Everybody’s like ‘Did you have your time off? Okay, we need you back at work!'” he joked about his busy schedule.