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Memorial Drive Atlanta Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt

As Memorial Drive rapidly changes, how do its longtime restaurants survive?

“Gentrification brings a different level of competition, and typically, the competition has more money behind it than a small, standalone business,” Daddy D'z owner Christianah Coker-Jackson says. “So, they can inundate [would-be diners] with the advertising, the bright lights, the fancy stuff we just don’t have.”

Eat This: Ria’s Bluebird pancakes

It was really important to Ria that anybody can come here and feel welcome,” Pender says. “She created a space that everybody wanted to be a part of. And that is still here.”

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