The man in the yellow hat: Meet the owner of the Savannah Bananas
Jesse Cole owns seven yellow tuxedos. He shows me during our Zoom interview, adjusting his camera to fit an open closet door into the frame: sure enough, six canary-yellow tuxes, hanging at the ready. He’s wearing the seventh while we speak—top hat included.
Letters written to Mayor Jackson during Atlanta Child Murders illustrate the tragedy’s impact
“Through these materials we see the vast impact that this tragic event in Atlanta had on generations of Atlantans, as well as the work done within Jackson’s administration” to address the murders, said Tiffany Atwater Lee, head of research services at the library’s Archives Research Center.
Things we like: Arak
When you order arak service at Zakia, a bottle is brought to you tableside on a golden cart—it’s an event, a presentation. “Would you like me to prepare this?” your server will ask before gently combining the spirit with cold water and ice, which is the traditional way to drink it. It’s a bit of a magic trick—the clear liquor turns a hazy white as soon as the other elements are added. This is because the essential oil of aniseed is soluble in alcohol but not in water.
The Hall at Ashford Lane offers a bit of a different take on the food hall experience
Dunwoody’s first food hall, the Hall at Ashford Lane, opened May 31, featuring a massive bar, nine food stalls, and an option for table service. "Our mission is to create a vibrant and inclusive space where people can come together to savor exceptional food, enjoy refreshing beverages, and celebrate life's moments,” says owner Jamal Wilson, who operates a similar food hall in Orlando.
Storico Vino to become Pachengo’s Mexican taqueria in late July
When the Storico team opened Italian focaccia bar concept Yeppa & Co. in February, they knew there was a good chance they’d cannibalize their own business from wine bar Storico Vino nearby. So, they started planning a new restaurant—something vastly different from what they’ve done at Storico Fresco and Forza Storico. Enter Pachengo’s, an elevated Mexican restaurant that will replace Storico Vino in late July.
Punk Foodie Fest Vol. 2 to feature 45 dishes from 16 Atlanta pop-ups
On June 10 from noon to 5 p.m., Punk Foodie Fest Vol. 2 will bring 16 local, under-the-radar popups to Westside Motor Lounge, where attendees can sample 45 curated dishes ranging from a Mapo chili dog to ube cheesecake.
All Revved Up: Insider tips for visiting the National Corvette Museum
The woman at the helm of the National Corvette Museum gets us up to speed on the destination that celebrates America’s iconic sports car
Greg Best and Paul Calvert discuss Southern National’s beverage program
Chef Duane Nutter and restaurateur Reggie Washington will bring their Mobile, Alabama, restaurant Southern National to Summerhill on June 29. This time, the duo—who originated One Flew South in Hartsfield-Jackson airport—will bring with them a pair of seasoned, award-winning mixologists as partners. Ticonderoga Club’s Greg Best and Paul Calvert are designing the new Southern National beverage program, focusing on a sophisticated, refined experience that emphasizes Champagne, Old World-style red wines, and riffs on classic cocktails.
Room Envy: A beachy retreat in Buckhead
This retreat channels both Florida’s Palm Beach and the French Riviera, although it belongs to a family home in Buckhead.
The Tara Theatre is back and better than ever
At first, when I pulled into the parking lot of the newly reopened Tara Theatre for a Sunday screening, the 55-year-old theater seemingly hadn’t changed at all. The 1960s facade’s glittering lights still illuminated an otherwise generic Cheshire Bridge strip mall, finally lit after a seven-month closure. The Plaza Theatre’s owner, Chris Escobar, revived the Tara just in time for Memorial Day weekend, and I was excited to return to the place where I’d seen dozens of movies over the past decade, from obscure A24 indies to Oscar-winning dramas. But there was something off I couldn’t quite put my finger on.