In October 2011, activists founded an underground school in response to policies that made it harder for undocumented students to go to college in Georgia. That stopgap—and those policies—have now been in place for a decade.
The last time we published a best-restaurants issue was approximately three millennia ago, in June 2019. So we’re highlighting the best places that have opened recently, but we also wanted to spotlight some places that aren’t necessarily new but are worth honoring: places that take up a little room in our hearts, for some reason, for any reason at all.
When their job with a national haunted house chain ended, Billy Messina and Ben Armstrong pooled their money and built a haunted mansion with an original story line—an innovative concept in the late 1990s—in a 4,000-square-foot space in Kennesaw. Netherworld was born.
Crime’s the biggest issue on the ballot, but it’s not the only issue. Atlanta’s transit, bike lanes, sidewalks, and roads will need an advocate and big-picture thinker who makes sure the city gets the maximum benefit from the $1 trillion in federal infrastructure cash expected to flow to states and cities.
“I got into DJing because I was an introvert—really shy. But I loved nightlife, and I loved going to Backstreet. I just couldn’t quite find my groove. But once I figured out that I could throw a party with a DJ booth around me, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s on now.'”
8Arm has become a Japanese izakaya, with casual drinking fare, grilled skewers, ramen, a tiny sushi bar—and serious culinary legs.
Atlanta chef Daryl Shular wants to expand the tools that aspiring chefs have when they enter the workforce—and to funnel a more diverse roster of pros into the industry. In 2019, he founded the Shular Institute, an educational program designed for those who have either been to culinary school or are studying hospitality and culinary arts at a degree-conferring university.
These places remind us that restaurants aren’t simply places where we eat and hang out; they, and the people who make them run, are members of our communities. They’re our neighbors.
Old folks know: Nothing hits like a 4:45 p.m. dinner reservation
Some of the most exciting food in Atlanta today is served out of borrowed kitchens, at farmers markets, and from food trucks. Here’s some of our recent faves, and where to find them.
After years of working for luxury brands, Jerry Buckner learned that the fashion industry is among the top polluters. In 2018, he launched a personal shopping business, Jerrimiah James, which helps clients with both purchases and consignments.
Thanks to its eye-catching wallcovering, this workspace in Patrick and Meghan Sharp’s Serenbe house is guaranteed to spark video-conference envy.
Drawing inspiration from books, animals, art museums, and vintage book covers, Lamb’s whimsical designs reflect recurring themes of what she calls “magical realism”: moody landscapes in faded blues, animal menageries in warm terracottas, and playful rabbits in hues of melon and sage.