Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vantage Realty Partners Unites Art, Architecture and Community with New Atlanta BeltLine Development

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes
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Vantage Realty Partners UNITES ART, ARCHITECTURE AND COMMUNITY WITH NEW Atlanta BeltLine Development
Kevin Gillespie dining concept and Shake Shack help anchor retail, restaurant and office space between Edgewood and DeKalb Avenues

ATLANTA (March 20, 2018) - Imagine enjoying the BeltLine scene while sipping a killer cocktail from the patio of Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie’s newest venture, gathering with friends over at a wine bar and bottle shop led by sommelier Melissa Davis and then taking a stroll on the city’s ultra-intown amenity, the Eastside BeltLine Trail. With Vantage Realty Partner’s launch of a new multi-use project on the stretch between Edgewood and DeKalb Avenues, that dream will become reality.

Bordering the red-hot historic Atlanta neighborhoods Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park and Cabbagetown along Atlanta’s BeltLine, the 28,000-square-foot project set to open in spring 2019 will serve as the new home of: 

·        Cold Beer, the newest culinary creation from Atlanta chef/author Kevin Gillespie and his Red Beard Restaurants. Described as the sister to Gillespie’s much-celebrated Gunshow, Cold Beer will feature a beverage program from cocktail expert Mercedes O’Brien along with a menu of shareable dishes. With a patio on the roof and two patios adjacent to the BeltLine, Cold Beer’s communal seating, interactive service and edgy drinks and eats will create a gathering spot for neighbors and visitors.
·        Hazel Jane’s Wine & Coffee, a wine bar concept by Revelator where natural and biodynamic wines take center stage. Hazel Jane’s wine and beverage program will operate under the direction of certified sommelier, Melissa Davis (Staplehouse, Cakes & Ale). The day-to-night location features a full-service kitchen, a coffee and espresso counter, a large central bar in the heart of the space, and a convenient BeltLine adjacent patio & bottle shop.
·        Shake Shack, the critically acclaimed modern day roadside burger stand. Designed by Smith Hanes, the Shack will be constructed to reflect the Old Fourth Ward’s charm, using recycled and sustainable materials, booths made from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and tabletops constructed from reclaimed bowling alley lanes. A reflection of Shake Shack’s commitment to community investment, the menu will feature exclusive items in collaboration with local purveyors and proceeds from certain menu items will benefit a local charity partner.

“With the BeltLine expansion, we’re witnessing one of the fastest evolving eras of growth in Atlanta’s history,” says Vantage Realty Partners co-founder Chris Carter. “As retail and office space evolve, we want to provide spaces that complement, serve and reflect the character of these unique neighborhoods. When I walk my three children past this development, I want to feel proud and know that what we have created is a direct reflection of who Vantage is.”

The cornerstone of Vantage Realty Partners is built on using elements of art, architecture and community to create gathering spots that connect people, resulting in lasting memories. This new project is the first to encompass both sides of the BeltLine, which means the retail, restaurant and loft office spaces will coexist with the BeltLine Trail and also offer abundant space for rotating art installations featuring the work of local artists.

Says Vantage Realty’s Gene Rice: “Our focus is on carefully balancing and respecting the history, culture and character of what has previously existed here while continuing the momentum the BeltLine brings to the community. The vision for this project is to join the Eastside and Memorial Drive sections of Atlanta’s BeltLine while providing exciting new spaces for a city that has quickly become one of the most in-demand places for people and businesses from around the world.

Vantage Realty Partners still has available two retail spots consisting of 2,356 square feet and 1,693 square feet (or could be combined for a 4,049-square feet space), one 5,621-square foot restaurant space and a 2,600-square foot to 7,500-square foot loft office space. For leasing inquiries, contact Chris Carter at 404-966-0649 or chris@vantageatl.com.

About Vantage Realty Partners
In 2007, Chris Carter and Gene Rice founded Vantage Realty Partners in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta out of a deep desire to build communities through commercial real estate.  By combining an appreciation for art and architecture with a passion for urban planning, they are devoted to developing public gathering spaces for folks to create memories with friends and family. Vantage has become one of the most respected commercial real estate firms in the urban core of Atlanta, working hand-in-hand with many of the city’s most popular chef-driven restaurants, breweries and technology companies, such as Ford Fry Restaurants, Staplehouse, Miller Union, Scofflaw Brewing Co., Orpheus Brewing, Cardlytics, TruRating, Trade Rocket and Scoutmob.

The company has received numerous awards for its work on Parsons Alley, a mixed-use development that honors Duluth’s history while providing a vibrant, modern place for the community to gather downtown. Parsons Alley has been recognized as a 2017 Development of Excellence by the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Urban Land Institute Atlanta District Council. In addition, the development received a 2017 Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

For more information, visit www.vantageatl.com.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern Bringing Tavern Fare with Southern Flair to Dunwoody’s Perimeter Place

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes
Melissa Libby & Associates

Third Outpost of Spirited Restaurant Opening Late Summer

ATLANTA (Mar. 15, 2018) – Husband and wife team Sean and Becky Yeremyan are excited to share the news that a third HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern location is opening in Dunwoody’s Perimeter Place (1221 Ashford Crossing) in late summer. Classic, Southern-inspired comfort food served in a cozy, customer-friendly environment accounts for the popularity of the restaurant, which has expanded from its original Midtown location to include a Town Brookhaven outpost. In addition to tavern fare with Southern flair, HOBNOB also offers one of the most comprehensive bourbon lists in the Southeast.

“One of the key reasons we’re able to expand successfully is our employees,” Yeremyan says. “Guests constantly tell me ‘we love your food, but we really love your people.’ I appreciate hearing that because I believe we have a great team who provide what I call ‘unconditional hospitality.’ As I was studying possible locations, I remembered how many Brookhaven customers told me they live in Dunwoody and would love to have HOBNOB there.”

Given the Perimeter restaurant’s proximity to retail shops and office buildings, Yeremyan is tweaking the service model to suit its location. “Weeknights will be one of our primary focuses here,” he says. “It will be the perfect place to stop and throw back a beer or sip one of our delicious specialty cocktails after a long day of work or shopping. We’re also going to focus heavily on a new catering menu to help area businesses work through lunch in the most tasteful manner.”

At HOBNOB, the party starts with a chef-driven menu featuring gourmet burgers, classic entrees, gluten-free options and more. Complementing the high-quality tavern fare is a craft beverage menu boasting one of the largest selections of bourbons in the Southeast along with an extensive selection of craft beer, wine, boozy and non-alcoholic milkshakes and signature hand-crafted cocktails.
HOBNOB Perimeter will serve lunch weekdays, dinner nightly and brunch on the weekends. Guests can also still count on live music and daily specials such as Slider Night, BBQ Thursdays and more.

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern currently has two locations: 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown, 404-968-2288; and 804 Town Boulevard in Brookhaven, 404-464-8971. For more information, visit hobnobatlanta.com, or follow HOBNOB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for additional updates.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Score Big During March Bracket Showdown at Taco Mac

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes
Melissa Libby & Associates

Enjoy Drink Specials, Gift Cards and a Harley-Davidson Giveaway
During College Basketball’s Biggest Month

ATLANTA (Mar. 8, 2018) – College basketball’s biggest event is right around the corner, and Taco Mac scores a slam dunk for perfect sports-watching venue with its annual Bracket Showdown, beer specials and Harley-Davidson giveaway. With the most craft beers on draft and award-winning wings, Taco Mac is the best place to catch every second of the action.

Now through March 15, guests 18 or older can pre-register to take part in Taco Mac’s thrilling tournament of match-picking prowess (open only to residents of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina). Brackets can be filled once participating teams are announced on Selection Sunday, March 11. Brackets must be completed by noon EST on Thursday, March 15, prior to the tip-off of the first game.

One Bracket Champion – the guest with the best overall bracket across all Taco Mac locations – will go home on a brand-new Harley-Davidson XG500 Street. Other cash prizes include $10,000 for correctly predicting a perfect bracket (all 63 games) and $5,000 for correctly predicting 60 or more games. The guest with the best bracket at each Taco Mac location receives a $100 Taco Mac gift card.

Throughout March, Taco Mac is also serving up Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Shock Top beer specials including 60-ounce pitchers ($11.95), 20-ounce drafts ($4.75) and mix & match buckets filled with four beers ($13.99).

For more information and official contest rules, visit tacomac.com/bracketshowdown.

About Taco Mac
An Atlanta institution since 1979, Taco Mac offers over 100 beers on draft, the Southeast’s Original Buffalo wings and 50+ HD TVs for enjoying all your favorite sporting events. Started by two friends from Buffalo, New York, Taco Mac now has 27 locations across Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Taco Mac has been named the best sports bar in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jezebel and Groupon and one of the five best sports bars in America by ESPN. Taco Mac is locally owned by managing partner and CEO Harold Martin, Jr. along with Michael Bodnar, John Michael Bodnar and Mike Tidwell of Fresh Hospitality. For more information, visit tacomac.com.


Friday, March 2, 2018

What Do Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman and Gwyneth Paltrow Have in Common?

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What do Jennifer Aniston, UmA Thurman and Gwyneth paltrow have in common?  
On any given night, a Marvel superhero, Jennifer Aniston, or sushi connoisseur
Robert DeNiro might be in The Umi dining room in Atlanta

ATLANTA (March 2, 2018) - As Hollywood film production rapidly becomes a multi-billion dollar industry in Georgia, A-list actors increasingly need a place to unwind, relax and enjoy a premier meal. In Atlanta, that place has become Umi, Buckhead’s modern Japanese jewel box owned by Farshid Arshid and Charlie Hendon and starring the cuisine of executive chef and co-owner Fuyuhiko Ito.

“Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence routinely calls from the airport as soon as her jet hits the tarmac in Atlanta. “Avengers” Iron Man portrayer Robert Downey Jr., in town as Marvel’s highly anticipated 2018 “Avengers: Infinity War” shoots continue, is spotted at Umi so often he might soon have mail delivered there. On any given night, diners could see other “Avengers” stars like Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson or Samuel L. Jackson sitting a few feet away. Emmy winner Jennifer Aniston, Oscar winner Jane Fonda or legendary performer Sir Elton John have also been known to enjoy a meal at the restaurant that is commonly referred to as “Umiwood”.

Celebrity favorites on the menu include Chef Ito’s specialties like the aburi (slightly cooked sushi-grade fish), toban yaki (prepared on a ceramic toban grill) or omakase (chef’s selection of dishes).

For Arshid, the pairing of Hollywood A-listers and Umi’s exquisite sushi makes perfect sense.  Over the years, he’s seen firsthand how the creative industry flocks to this type of food. “Artists respond to artistry,” he says. “They respond to what Chef Ito is creating. At Umi, the stargazing is focused on the cuisine arriving at the tables.”

While Umi didn’t anticipate becoming a Hollywood hangout when it opened in 2013, the 80-table restaurant discreetly tucked away in a Buckhead courtyard has become one of the most sought-after reservations in the city thanks to low lighting, around-the-clock reservation responsiveness and VIP treatment. Arshid says he and the staff are pleased actors like Anthony Hopkins, Robert Deniro, Scott Eastwood, Zac Efron, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and so many more feel at home there.

“You don’t plan for a response like this,” says Arshid. “Umi’s success has grown organically alongside the Georgia film industry. And like any great film that’s built line-by-line and scene-by-scene, we focus on the details. No matter who you are, we’re always striving for your next meal to be your best experience at Umi.”

He adds that Hollywood’s busiest actors are able to relax and unwind at Umi. “Everyone is here for the harmony and the energy that are being created. Famous actors dine next to Atlanta business leaders and the couple who is out celebrating their anniversary. We’re all so addicted to our electronic devices these days, but Umi offers an opportunity to disconnect and be in the moment for a couple of hours, sharing a memorable meal together.”

About Umi
Named one of Open Table’s 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2017, Umi unites classic and modern Japanese flavors in a sophisticated, contemporary setting in Atlanta’s bustling Buckhead neighborhood. Designed by Atlanta artist and designer Todd Murphy, the interior is elegant, yet simple with organic, earthy elements closely reflecting the pure and clean qualities of Asian fare. Chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s menu showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets and highest quality ingredients available. For more information, visit umiatlanta.com.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

With 40 Taps Spotlighting Local Brews, Peachtree Pint Makes Shopping a Much More Fun Experience at Lenox Square

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes
Melissa Libby & Associates

The mall’s new food court open container policy makes grabbing a pint 
with lunch or dinner easy and convenient

ATLANTA (Feb. 28, 2018) - Thanks to the arrival of Peachtree Pint at Lenox Square’s Fashion Cafe Food Court, which is now designated an open container area, shoppers can enjoy a cold pint as they take a break or grab lunch or dinner. Like a thirst-quenching oasis, the brand-new walk up draft beer dispensary kiosk has become Lenox Square’s new premier beer destination since opening on Feb. 17.

Peachtree Pint offers 40 taps with dozens of handcrafted brews from Georgia favorites, including Creature Comforts, SweetWater Brewery, Monday Night Brewing, Scofflaw Brewing Co., Three Taverns Craft Brewery, Orpheus Brewing, Terrapin Beer Co., Cherry Street Brewing and Jekyll Brewing, plus standards including Guinness, Budweiser, Heineken and Michelob Ultra.

Independently owned by Farshad Arshid, Ruel Chambers and Kaan Ergun, Peachtree Pint aims to spotlight all of the amazing beers Georgia and the Southeast have to offer. Like its name implies, the local beer emporium wants to showcase the finest handcrafted beers from across Georgia’s burgeoning microbreweries. “We’re serving local favorites for Atlanta residents and a vast array of fresh options for the out-of-towners who visit Atlanta and are eager to be introduced to something new,” says Arshid.

In addition to 35 beers on tap, Peachtree Pint also offers one cider and four wine selections on tap. And while the bar is carry out only, there’s an array of tables, chairs and televised sports on the flat screens directly in front.

Peachtree Pint’s operator is longtime Lenox Square retailer Farshad Arshid, who runs the apparel boutique Standard and the popular G-Star RAW jeans shop. “We’re always trying to anticipate the changing needs of our shoppers,” Arshid explains. “With Peachtree Pint, we want to further enhance the shopping experience at Lenox Square.”

Arshid also plans to partner with local chefs to create packaged snacks that will perfectly pair with the on-tap selections. He says, “The idea is to ask local influential chefs about their favorite beer and what kind of snack or flavor profile they pair it with, then create a branded snack for our guests.”

And yes, Peachtree Pint offers the insanely popular but difficult to get Tropicalia IPA on tap from the Athens-based Creature Comforts brewery. “That was a must-have for us,” says Arshid. “I’ve been in retail a long time, so I’ve seen lots of people camp out overnight for sneakers. But seeing that kind of consumer response for beer, we knew we had to get that locked down!”

Peachtree Pint is located in the Lenox Square Fashion Cafe Food Court at 3393 Peachtree Road, N.E. and is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday hours vary. For more information, call 404-814-1223 or visit peachtreepint.com.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Florida Keys Beckon to Atlanta Travelers

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 Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes
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March 24th Event at Lenox Square to Showcase Vacation Paradise

ATLANTA (Feb. 27, 2018) – Atlanta residents yearning for a warm-weather break can get a taste of the subtropical Florida Keys — literally — when a Keys chef leads the creation of the “world’s largest Key lime” pie at a special event scheduled for noon Saturday, March 24, at Lenox Square. Chef and restaurateur Bobby Stoky will assemble a Key lime pie using all-natural ingredients, real Key lime juice and handmade graham cracker crust from iconic dessert shop, The Key West Key Lime Pie Company. The #FLKeysPie will be approximately 8 feet in diameter and will serve up to 2,500 people.

The event is to spotlight the Keys island chain’s inviting climate, laid-back atmosphere, water adventures ranging from diving to deep-sea fishing, outstanding seafood restaurants and convenient direct flights into Key West from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The 125-mile necklace of islands south of Miami boasts abundant attractions and recreational amenities that keep visitors coming back year after year.

“Whether it’s snorkeling in emerald-green waters among our coral reefs or lounging in front of some of the most spectacular beach views imaginable, there’s always a once-in-a-lifetime experience around the next corner,” says Andy Newman, media relations director for the Florida Keys & Key West. “We encourage all our Atlanta friends to discover the many charms this beautiful region has to offer.”

Chef Stoky grew up fishing and diving off of the Florida Keys and has been a resident of the Upper Keys for over 35 years. His cookbook, “Recipes and Tall Tales from Legendary Restaurants of the Florida Keys” is a compilation of over 25 years in the restaurant business and a lifetime in the Keys.

At the Atlanta event, Stoky plans to offer insights into the five regions of the island chain he calls home, each offering many points of interest.

·        Key Largo: The northernmost island in the Keys shares its name with the famous movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Visitors can take a cruise on the African Queen, the actual boat Bogart skippered in the movie of the same name. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater preserve in the United States, features more than 50 varieties of delicate corals and more than 600 species of fish.
·        Islamorada: The “Sport-Fishing Capital of the World” is renowned for the diversity of its angling offerings including sailfish, marlin, kingfish, snapper, barracuda and grouper. Tarpon, bonefish, permit, redfish and other species thrive in the shallow coastal waters.
·        Marathon: This boating and family destination is home to such attractions as the famed Seven Mile Bridge; the world’s first state-licensed veterinary hospital for sea turtles; and Dolphin Research Center, which provides visitors an opportunity to swim and interact with the intelligent mammals.
·        Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys: Bahia Honda State Park is known for its pristine beach, while Looe Key Reef is rated by many as among the nation’s most spectacular shallow-water dive sites. Big Pine Key also features a national refuge for miniature Key deer, tropical forest and even a few alligators. Popular nature tours offer unforgettable opportunities to view migratory and wading birds and the unique flora and fauna of this tranquil natural area.
·        Key West: Known for its quaint, palm-studded streets and century-old mansions, this 2-by-4-mile island is home to such attractions as the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, where visitors can view the riches of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, a sunken 17th-century Spanish galleon. At the end of the day, crowds gather at Mallory Square to experience the nightly Sunset Celebration with musicians, jugglers, acrobats and other entertainers.

For more information, call 800-FLA-KEYS (352-5397) or visit fla-keys.com.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

gusto! Commissions Local Artist Lee Arnett to Paint “ATL Avo Angel”

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Morgan Lanier or Olivia Mayes
Melissa Libby & Associates

Atlanta’s Fast Casual Restaurant Focused on Bold Flavors Engages Community with New Outdoor Murals

ATLANTA (Feb. 22, 2018) – gusto! founder Nate Hybl has partnered with local artist Lee Arnett to create an ATL Avo Angel mural depicting slices of the super food as angel wings on the outside of his two Atlanta restaurants. The fast casual restaurant known for bringing food to life with freshness and flavor wants to remind guests to “fly high with that good fat” while supporting Atlanta’s creative side.    

“Avocados are a huge part of our menu. The idea for the mural evolved from the positive health association of avocados, as something angelic for the body,” says Hybl. “The ATL Avo Angel symbolizes good energy and parallels who we are as a company and what our product represents.”

Arnett, an Atlanta-based artist who previously provided another mural at the Ponce location of gusto!, is creating ATL Avo Angel paintings near the side entrances at both the Ponce and Peachtree restaurants as places where guests can have fun, take photos (#ATLAvoAngel) and spread positive energy. Hybl hopes these murals will become a marker for his restaurants moving forward. “Having fun and spreading good energy, both emotionally and nutritionally, is at the heart of everything we do at gusto!”

gusto! offers a simple menu of grilled proteins combined with thoughtfully crafted blends of ingredients that add a distinct flavor profile and texture to each entrée. Inspired by both international cuisine and familiar American flavors, these gustos – like bestselling chipotle mango avocado – can be hot, bright, earthy or sweet and never rely on unhealthy fats for flavor. Fresh avocado slices can also be substituted for other proteins or added to any bowl, salad or wrap.

Embracing the thriving creative scene in Atlanta, gusto! is also passionate about putting guests’ faces front and center in its marketing. The restaurant recently featured two loyal patrons on a prominent billboard and hopes that the ATL Avo Angels will continue building these relationships within Atlanta communities and contribute to their overall well-being.

Avocado enthusiasts who snap a photo with the #ATLAvoAngel at either location have the chance to win two three-day passes to the Shaky Knees Music Festival May 4-May 6. To enter, follow @whatsyourgusto and post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #ATLAvoAngel. A winner will be announced on April 20, 2018. Must be 18+ to enter with public Instagram profile.

About gusto!
gusto! Peachtree is located at 1935 Peachtree Road NE; (404) 352-4157. gusto! Ponce is located at 782 Ponce de Leon Ave NE; (404) 330-8114. Lunch and dinner are served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Peachtree location and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ponce location. Self-parking is available onsite at both restaurants. For more information, visit whatsyourgusto.com. Follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for additional updates.

About Lee Arnett:
Lee Arnett considers art his truest passion in life. Moving to Atlanta from Alabama in 2010, Arnett has freelanced as a graphic designer, started a clothing brand and completed several murals around town for restaurants, businesses and neighborhoods. His paintings combine canvas, cardboard, figurative and abstract. Arnett plays with the relationship between words and symbols in his paintings. Instilling a sense of self, he reminds the viewer that the human behavior relies on one’s emotion and relationship with others.