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One day in May, guests at Paschal’s, a historic Castleberry Hill restaurant, witnessed an extraordinary dance in the center of the dining room. Two food runners, Charlene and Larry, spun around each other trying to get to their respective tables. Inexperienced staff colliding is nothing new in the hospitality industry, but this was different. Charlene and Larry are robots.
The pinnacle of self-defense, apparently, is not a gun or a bat or a knife; it is a well-used toilet brush. “It’s the best weapon in the bar,” Mike Jakob says on Wednesday, taking a smoke outside Elliott Street Pub, the Castleberry Hill establishment he’s long owned with his brother, Pete. “You want someone to leave, you don’t even have to touch them if you’re holding a toilet brush.”
A number of lively Black-owned beverage shops have opened in town in the last couple years, running the gamut from tea to coffee to beer. Here are a few of our faves.
The Stone Mountain coffee shop plans to open a second location in Castleberry hill with traditional coffee drinks, coffee and tea-based elixirs, baked goods, and more.
With a casual, industrial vibe, New York-based Brooklyn Tea will sell loose-leaf teas, plus hot and iced tea drinks and vegan pastries.
Whether you’re looking to avoid chemicals or cut down on waste, these beauty companies have you covered.
Kitchen and bath designer Kelly Carlisle and her husband, Brian Leigh, knew they wanted to live in a loft in Castleberry Hill, drawn to its urban charm and walkability.
By day, Sheyda Mehrara works for Ponce City Market. By night, she’s building her name as a painter in the Atlanta gallery scene.
Mike and Pete Jakob never intended to own a bar. Their shift from the construction field to that of drink-slinging, concert-hosting, and even inn-keeping, among other trades, was particularly unorthodox, if not totally bonkers.
Alphonzo Cross, who along with his sister has owned 249-259 Peters Street since 2001, confirmed that he plans to renovate his building and that Spin, 255, and Pearl Restaurant & Lounge, are set to close in 2020. But why did rumors of the closings spark such a passionate reaction on social media?