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How my girls’ trip to Atlanta became a massive post-stroke breakthrough

I glanced at my wheelchair stowed away in the trunk and took a deep breath as my friend Setu pulled her SUV out of the driveway. We exchanged wide-eyed grins, still in disbelief that this trip was actually happening. We were headed to Atlanta for a highly anticipated, whirlwind girls’ weekend. It was going to be my first trip in fifteen years without my parents. It all started when my brother and sister-in-law somehow nabbed, for my 38th birthday, the most coveted item of this decade: floor seats to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Atlanta. And it turned into an empowering, disability-friendly girls’ trip made seamless by Atlanta’s accessibility and springtime vibes.
Mellow Mushroom 50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 years, Mellow Mushroom co-founder shares the story of the trippy pizza chain’s humble beginning

As the Atlanta-based pizza chain turns 50, co-founder Marc “Banks” Weinstein chats about the original Mellow Mushroom on 14th and Spring, the restaurant's "hippie" mentality, and how it grew into what it is today.
Restoring the Fox's crowning glory

How the Fox Theatre restored its crowning glory

Rachel Bomeli stood on the roof of the Fox Theatre and knew something was off. Renovations for the “Onion Dome” that crowns the building were almost underway, and Bomeli, the vice president of facility operations, compared the current dome to a photograph of the original. Somewhere in the Fox’s 95-year history, someone had taken creative liberties.

Oaxaca and El Valle owner to open Casa Balam in Decatur and Dixeebe in Midtown

Chef Luis Damian, one of the owners of Oaxaca in Chamblee and El Valle in Midtown, has multiple new restaurants in the works. First to open—likely the second week in April—will be Casa Balam, replacing Ted’s Montana Grill in Decatur. Focused on dishes from the northern side of Mexico near Monterrey, Casa Balam will serve shared plates and sous vide cocktails in a casual environment designed for families.
Things we like: A play on Dunkaroos at the Loews Atlanta Hotel

Things we like: A play on Dunkaroos at the Loews Atlanta Hotel

The Loews Atlanta Hotel’s prime Midtown location gives it a businesslike aura, with corporate guests milling about the lobby. The desserts served within, however, are far from serious. “My approach to desserts, really, is a big kid that’s all grown up,” says Allison Poirier, the hotel’s pastry chef. “I think people nowadays want something nostalgic that tastes good, that looks good, and you obviously eat with your eyes first.”

One-Michelin-starred Lazy Betty starts serving in its new Midtown digs on March 16

One of only five Atlanta restaurants to earn a Michelin star, Lazy Betty is moving to its new home March 16. The acclaimed tasting menu spot opened in the former Radial Cafe space in Candler Park in 2019. Five years later, it’s taking over from Hugh Acheson’s esteemed Empire State South. Located in the heart of Midtown near 10th and Peachtree Streets, the new space is nearly 2,000 square feet larger than the old, allowing owners Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips to grow the bar program, add an a la carte menu, and expand the group private dining options.

Flavor Rich is now open for all-day brunch in Midtown

Flavor Rich began as a food truck and opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Suwanee in 2020. Now, Angelica Finley and Christopher Fletcher have opened a second location across from Emory Midtown. With double the number of seats, a larger kitchen, and the addition of a 12-seat bar, Flavor Rich Atlanta can offer reservations, an all-day brunch menu (rather than separating breakfast and lunch like in Suwanee), and seasonal craft cocktails.
Atlantans share why they love their neighborhoods

Atlantans share why they love their neighborhoods and what makes them stay

ITP, OTP, east side, west side—where you live can be as big a part of your identity as the team you cheer for, and Atlantans pick with pride. Here, residents discuss what led them to their corner of the metro, and why they stay.
The verdict on 3 new Atlanta food and drink spots: Rwby, El Malo, and Finca to Filter

The verdict on 3 new Atlanta food and drink spots: Rwby, El Malo, and Finca to Filter

A Mediterranean gem opens in Midtown, a bar specializing in agave and rum opens in Reynoldstown, and O4W gets a new coffee shop.
The High Museum is now free one Wednesday a month

The High Museum is now free one Wednesday a month

Access for All is the cornerstone of the High’s new Culture Collective initiative, which welcomes adults into the museum with arts-centered workshops, conversations and performances. The free access is sponsored by the Art Bridges Foundation, which is dedicating to making American art more accessible to the public. The High already offers free admission every second Sunday, an event that usually draws large crowds of families with children; Access for All, though open to everyone, is designed to appeal to adults of all ages.

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