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Edgewood staple El Tesoro opens its second location today—this one inside Wild Heaven's brewery in West End. Located just off the BeltLine, Wild Heaven previously served its own menu of standard bar fare—wings, burgers, and tacos—but “it wasn’t the destination that El Tesoro is,” Wild Heaven president Nick Purdy says. “This is a win for everyone.”
West End was named in the 1860s after London’s famed theater district. Connected to downtown by horse-drawn streetcars, the suburb soon attracted affluent residents, including mayors, a governor, business owners, and Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus tales. Though the neighborhood experienced white flight during the mid-20th century, it has long benefited from its proximity to the Atlanta University Center—drawing prominent residents like Dr. O.T. Hammonds, whose grand Victorian home is now an art museum. In recent years, the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail has brought new development—such as the sprawling Lee + White complex—along with the mixed benefits of gentrification. Through it all, strong local leadership has ensured that the “Best End” keeps its sights on the future.
Publicly, Lil Baby has always been a man of few words. So it’s not at all surprising that the premiere screening of a documentary about the Atlanta rapper's life didn’t involve a grand speech. In fact, Lil Baby didn’t even offer a greeting or a goodbye on the microphone during the August 25 event. His gratitude was instead shown by the fact that he rented out the entire Regal movie theater at Atlantic Station and provided free refreshments throughout the night.
Monday Night Garage, the West End location of Monday Night Brewing, recently launched a menu of seven Neapolitan pizzas made in house using beer yeast. Available Wednesday through Sunday each week, these wood-fired pies are the result of a pandemic project by Monday Night co-owner Joel Iverson.
West End led the way in serving practitioners of plant-based eating in Atlanta, connected to—but also distinct from—the contemporary popularity of vegetarian and vegan restaurants here today. In one way, the devotion of customers to these businesses helped the neighborhood circulate community dollars, which paved the way for such hot spots as Slutty Vegan.
The plum tree is a small tree, about 15 feet tall. I’ve never really done anything to or for it. I didn’t know much about gardening or how to prune or fertilize a tree. My modus operandi was just to stick it in the ground, and that was it. But this little tree just grew and grew, and it has been the most incredibly bountiful tree, very quickly, bearing more fruit than anyone could ever possibly eat. Baskets and baskets of plums.
Lemon pepper wet . . . beer? The lemon peppercorn IPA, a collaboration between Wild Heaven Beer and ATLUTD supporters group Footie Mob, goes on sale April 23.
Based in a former neon warehouse along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail, Wyatt Roscoe and his four-person staff at Inner Space Ships have converted nearly 30 vans into efficient and stylish ways to explore the country and save on Airbnb bills.