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A Parisian-style theater and speakeasy opens at Underground Atlanta

A 6,000-square-foot theater and speakeasy, Pigalle will bring the sexy, whimsical, bohemian vibes of Paris on Ponce with unique entertainment and decor. “Almost every Atlanta native has a story that begins with Underground Atlanta,” owner Nicolette Valdespino says in a press release. “Our destination has been a staple in Atlanta for more than 25 years. To us, there was no better setting for our next location than Underground Atlanta—a place that fosters unique synergies between creatives and artists.”
The verdict on 5 new Atlanta restaurants: Che Butter Jonez, the Continent, Drawbar, the Abby Singer, Daisuki Sushi Izakaya

Che Butter Jonez duo to bring their Queens-inspired cuisine downtown with Butter + Scotch

The husband-and-wife team behind Che Butter Jonez, Malik Rhasaan and Detric Fox-Quinlan, are preparing to open a 144-seat restaurant called Butter + Scotch in downtown Atlanta. It will offer the same style of food as Che Butter Jonez, but on a grander scale, Fox-Quinlan says.
The verdict on 3 new Atlanta restaurants: Marcus Bar & Grille, Dolo’s Pizza, and Mobay Spice

The verdict on 3 new Atlanta restaurants: Marcus Bar & Grille, Dolo’s Pizza, and Mobay Spice

Marcus Samuelsson rolls into Old Fourth Ward, pizza in Underground Atlanta, and Jamaican in Toco Hills.
TydeTate Kitchen

TydeTate Kitchen opens on Historic Hotel Row downtown

An expanded version of the Thai stall from Chattahoochee Food Works is the first restaurant to open in Newport’s redeveloped Historic Hotel Row downtown.

A new intimate restaurant is opening at 200 Peachtree downtown

Chef Rich Rosendale touts experience cooking around the globe, from India to Germany to Ecuador and the Philippines. He owns a Southern-style barbecue “café” called Roots 657 in Virginia and operates an event catering company out of 200 Peachtree Street Downtown. On March 17, he’ll launch a full-service restaurant on the ground floor of the same building (which is where the Harry Potter exhibit currently resides.) Called R3 Rosendale Concepts, it will serve lunch inspired by his pandemic-time delivery-only pizza company (Roots Local Pizza To-Go) and a soup concept called Soups Up. Dinner will be more refined, serving dishes inspired by international flavors and a craft cocktail lounge he opened earlier in his career.

Chef Bella Jones pays homage to Black history through food with Liz & Leon’s

Bella Jones, a private chef known for her Ode to the Black Chef blog and accompanying pop-up events, is opening her first restaurant. Named Liz & Leon’s to honor her maternal grandparents, it aims to highlight the history of Black foodways, starting with the African diaspora. Located in a turn-of-the-century building on historic Hotel Row in South Dwntwn (231 Mitchell Street), Liz & Leon’s is slated to open in early November, alongside accompanying juke joint Sweet Gigi’s.
Downtown billboards

In downtown Atlanta, a billboard flashed residents in more ways than one

Doug Elliott, a retired higher-ed executive, sits down to breakfast every morning with a coffee, perhaps some cereal, and Kim Kardashian’s boobs in his face. The billboard sits across from his apartment downtown. It’s one of several new billboards that have been erected in the Arts & Entertainment Atlanta district—an initiative, approved by the city in 2017, to “awaken” downtown by introducing outdoor media displays by local artists as well as advertisers.
A new picture of downtown Atlanta

There’s a new picture of downtown Atlanta emerging—but who will it be for?

The excitement about new development obscures an awkward fact that the city and developers have to reckon with: Downtown already has more buildings than it has people who want to occupy them. It already has more road, rail, and bus capacity than any eastern U.S. downtown south of Washington, D.C. On weekdays, there are plenty of people there. The problem is that, at 5 p.m. on Fridays, the place clears out. Downtown Atlanta is often filled with a large, diverse group of people, but not many of them are residents.
The Stitch Atlanta

The Stitch—a long-awaited freeway cap—aims to bring together what the Connector tore apart

It’s a “stitch” as in a way to sew together the moribund patch of no-man’s-land between the Civic Center MARTA station on West Peachtree Street and Folk Art Park at Piedmont. A. J. Robinson, Central Atlanta Progress’s president, floated the idea in 2016: a cap on I-75/I-85 to create a pedestrian-friendly space about two-thirds the size of Centennial Olympic Park. Basically, we’d build a roof over about 4,000 feet of the Downtown Connector and plant trees on it.
What makes a good downtown?

What makes a good downtown?

Darin Givens—cofounder of ThreadATL, a nonprofit advocacy organization that aims to influence city planning and policy—explains why this cross-section of Forsyth and Poplar streets in the Fairlie-Poplar District has it all.

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