Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn to film “Neighborhood Watch.”in Atlanta area

From ajc

Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn flick to film here

We hear funny guys Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller are coming to town for a movie called “Neighborhood Watch.”

This is billed as a “science fiction comedy.” They play dads who hang out in their subdivisions just being dudes but then they stumble onto some big conspiracy. So Atlanta is the perfect place for that movie.

Filming for this project cranks up this fall. Their folks are already in town poking around, scouting locations.

We also hear that the guys want to stay in style and are contracting with a local high-end leasing company to book them into some ritzy digs for the time that they are here.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Shizzleheads Unite!

From Jim Brams for Cook's Warehouse

I just posted this on The Cook’s Warehouse Facebook page and we’re exclusive in the city with it!


We’re now stocking The Shizzle, a gourmet Jamaican jerk marinade that’s great for the BBQ or to add a Jamaican flavor to meats and vegetables.

Fans are called Shizzleheads and here’s a link to an official Shizzle recipe, Shizzled and Mango Salsa-Stuffed Pork Loin:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Is Time Travel Possible ?

If time travel were possible,
where would you go. ? The past or the future.

Decatur Federal Buildings Design Photo.

This is the builders design of how The Decatur Federal building would look when complete.
1962. Now this bank building is Wells Fargo.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wahoo! Grill and Ale Yeah! Spotlight Hand-Crafted Atlanta Brews Aug. 10

From Julia for Wahoo!Grill and Ale Yeah!

Wahoo! Grill and Ale Yeah! Spotlight Hand-Crafted Atlanta Brews

Join Wahoo! and Ale Yeah! Craft Beer Market owner Eddie Holley for a five-course Atlanta Beer Tasting Dinner.

Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a summer menu prepared by executive chef Christian Speigal paired with Atlanta's finest hand-crafted beers selected by Holley. The menu will include:

Prosciutto wrapped shrimp
with roasted sweet potato Sweetwater 420 Pale Ale

First Course:
Spiced Ahi tuna salad with roasted beets, heirloom
cucumbers and ginger-honey vinaigrette
Terrapin Sunray Wheat

Second Course:
Beer-braised Pine Street
Market sausage with slow-roasted Arnett Farm heirloom tomato ragout
Sweetwater IPA

Third Course:
Florida red snapper with
sauteed summer vegetables and lemon-dill veloute
Red Brick Blonde

Fourth Course:
Braised Eden Farms pork belly with roasted cippolini onions,
haricot vert and parsnip puree
Wild Heaven Invocation

Fifth Course:
Chocolate fondant with fresh
raspberry coulis and brown sugar whipped cream
Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy

An intimate evening with space for 27 guests, the dinner will be served in our private dining room and is $38 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To reserve a spot for this special experience, please call 404.373.3331.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cakes & Ale Construction Update

Here is a photo of the entrance facing Decatur's Marta Station.
To see more photos at Cakes & Ale blog.

Monday, July 25, 2011

One Tree Decatur

That is one big tree, I wonder where that once stood ?
Seen here behind the Decatur Fire Dept No. 1
It may have been cut down near the Fire Dept.
The Fire Dept is now in the process of being refurbished.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

TracksideTavern Opening



Trackside Tavern had a soft opening today at 1:00 the party will last until...

The place looks great, go by and check it out.




Trackside Tavern
313 E College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Plaza Theatre

El Azteca Mexican Cantina

El Azteca Mexican Cantina
939 Ponce DeLeon Ave
Atlanta, GA

Look for Trackside Tavern Opening

Trackside Re-Opening Grows Near

But the exact time is still under wraps to sidestep long lines at the bar

By Theresa Woodgeard
From Decatur Patch

The long wait for Trackside Tavern’s re-opening is almost over. In fact, it’s just days, maybe even hours away. Really.

“The place looks beautiful,” said owner Doc Al Czarkowski in an e-mail. The staff is hired and trained, the glassware is washed and on the shelves. The beer is in the fridge and the liquor is in the cabinet.

Indeed, cold beer and clean glasses leave little doubt the pouring of the first libation is imminent and according to a July 21 post on Trackside’s Facebook, “there is “nothing ‘tentative’ about it anymore.”

But for now, ‘mum’ is the word on an exact day and time the Decatur “Cheers-like" bar will open.

“We are going to try our best to have a soft opening to avoid a line of people waiting at the door at the same time,” said Czarkowski.

The popular neighborhood bar on College Avenue closed for more than two years due to a fire that destroyed the tavern. The 1917 building was demolished and rebuilt from the ground up.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Taboo-LA-LA Coming July 23 at The Plaza


Join us for the newest Plaza film series sin-sation TABOO-LA-LA with BLAST OFF BURLESQUE!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Jimmy John's

Jimmy John's
335 West Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 474-6999

Check out the menu

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cinefest Showing of Shampoo July 21

A student-run film theatre on Georgia State University campus. Causing a cinematic commotion since 1991, Cinefest shows a variety of movies that ranges from indie, foreign, documentary, cult-classics and even your favorite mall movies.

Thursday, July 21: Newly Restored 35mm Print of "SHAMPOO" - Special One Night Only Screening

66 Courtland Street SE, Suite 240
Atlanta, GA 30303

Campus Map

General Admission:
$3 - Before 5:00 pm
$5 - 5:00 pm and after

Georgia State University students, faculty, and staff: Free with your Panther I.D.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fifth Avenue School to Open Aug 2

From Decatur Patch

By Timothy Darnell

Decatur's newest school is close to being ready for the Aug. 2 start of the school year.

The 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue is the first new school built in Decatur since Renfroe Middle School in 1972. It will serve fourth and fifth graders from throughout the city's school system.

The new building replaces the old Fifth Avenue Elementary, which sat empty for the past few years.

The Academy will be part of the International Baccalaureate Program, which offers a curriculum that is seen a much more rigorous than those offerd by most public schools.

The official ribbon-cutting will be held on Sunday, July 31, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The public can tour the building during that time.

Full story

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Whitney Miller’s free signing at The Cook’s Warehouse-Decatur July 22

Interview Whitney Miller from Gordon Ramsey’s MasterChef

WHO: Whitney Miller, Season 1 winner, Gordon Ramsey’s MasterChef

WHAT: FREE EVENT: Miller will autograph her new cookbook, “Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm” at the Decatur location of The Cook’s Warehouse

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages served from the cookbook

The public is kindly asked to RSVP for planning:


WHEN: Friday, July 22, 2011, 5 to 7 p.m.

The Cook’s Warehouse

180 West Ponce de Leon Avenue

Decatur, Georgia 30030 / 404-377-4005, store phone

Bird's Eye View of Church St & Commerce Dr.

Decatur, GA

Click to enlarge

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hello, Ponce City Market.

From The AJC

By Rachel Tobin

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Goodbye, Sears building. Adios, City Hall East. Hello, Ponce City Market.
The new owners of City Hall East, a historic structure in Atlanta near Midtown, are planning an organic garden, a "green" roof top and a foodie market akin to the Ferry Building in San Francisco or Pike Place Market in Seattle. They also plan to shed the names the building has been called, as far back as 1926, to rebrand it as Ponce City Market.

Plans call for hundreds of residential units, 2,000 internal parking spaces, loft-style, upscale offices, retailers -- possibly national chains -- and a foodie destination with “farm to table” vendors and local restaurants. The North Avenue side of the building could have an organic farm to supply the market.

Still, no new tenants were announced Monday as Mayor Kasim Reed and executives with Jamestown Properties celebrated the long-awaited sale at a news conference atop the brick building.

Nonetheless, if everything comes to pass, it will be a big change for the hulking building that for years sat mostly empty along one of Atlanta’s busiest arteries, Ponce de Leon Avenue. Jamestown is paying Atlanta $27 million to buy the building and plans to spend $180 million redeveloping it for an early 2014 reopening. The project will benefit from opportunity zone tax credits through the Atlanta Development Authority and other tax credits from the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Full story at AJC

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Old Sears Building Sale Announcement

From: AJC
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Rachel Tobin

On Monday, Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to announce the long-awaited sale of City Hall East to Jamestown Properties. The 85-year-old building -- once a huge Sears complex -- has been a white elephant of sorts along one of Atlanta’s most central thoroughfares.
When then-Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson announced the deal to buy the Sears building for $12 million in 1990, he called it "the deal of the century." Less than five years later, renovation costs had skyrocketed and lease income didn't materialize, in part because of limitations on the debt used to finance it. Atlanta never fully occupied the 2 million square foot building, which is one considered one of the largest in the Southeast.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Twain's Billiards and Tap

Twain's Billiards and Tap is located in Decatur, GA just off of the downtown square. They are walking distance to the Decatur MARTA train station.
Check out their menu.

Twain's Billiards and Tap
211 E. Trinity Pl.
Decatur, GA

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Isabella's Cafe Offers International Experience

Isabella's Cafe Offers International Experience

Decatur/Kirkwood restaurant brings new flavors

By Kalin Thomas
From Decatur Patch

When you first walk into Isabella’s CafĂ© the first thing that you notice is the upbeat international music playing. Then you notice the aroma of international spices, like curry. But with a name like Isabella’s you’d think this was an Italian restaurant; however owner, Wambui Maina, is Kenyan.

“I named the restaurant after my mother. She was one of the first female physicians in Kenya. It was a way for me to honor her,” said Maina. The restaurant, which opened in July 2010, is in an old 1920’s building on West College Avenue at the edge of Kirkwood. The space Isabella’s is in used to be a coffee shop that closed around 2008 and stayed empty for two years. “I love Decatur because it’s like a foodie town. People look for innovative menus and support local restaurants. I thought this space was the perfect place to open my eclectic restaurant,” said Maina.

The eclectic menu offers American dishes with a twist, as Maina adds the flavors she loves from her native Kenya and New Orleans – where she first lived when she moved to this country at age 13. Dishes like the Kenyan-style Chunky Beef Stew over Basmati rice, Chicken Masala, chipotle-maple black beans, and cheeseburgers made with Isabella’s home-made pimento cheese are a hit with diners.
Full story

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Film Crew for Jayne Mansfield's Car Packs Up.

After a full day of filming in Oakhurst for Billy Bob Thornton's movie "Jayne Mansfield's Car"
the film crew are packing up and Donovans Discount store will become a Church again.
Earlier today Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon were both there poising for pictures and giving autographs.
See photos at Decatur Patch

T Shirt photo from the Cedartown shoot.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Trackside Tavern Update



Inside construction at Trackside Tavern, they are hoping for a July opening.

Yeah Baby ! Vintage 70's VW Bus Cruising Around Decatur

Oh behave.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Jayne Mansfield's Car" Filming in Decatur


Some of the filming of Jayne Mansfield's Car will be filmed in Oakhurst
this week.

The film, which will be directed by Billy Bob Thornton -- his first time behind the lens on a non-documentary since 2001's "Daddy and Them" -- and which will star Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick and Ray Stevenson, will begin shooting this summer in Georgia, according to Deadline.

That's because the movie, despite the title, doesn't really appear to be about that ill-fated 1967 night on U.S. 90 after all. Rather, it's a dramatic comedy, one that "revolves around the culture clash of two families, from different continents, in 1969."

That's two years after Mansfield's death.

A report on Collider expands on the synopsis: "The story revolves around a guy whose wife leaves him for an Englishman and moves away to England. 20 or 30 years later, in 1969, the wife dies but wishes to be returned to Alabama where she grew up, so the English family meets -- and clashes with -- the original family that she abandoned."

More photos from the Decatur set on Flickr




Here are 2 youtube videos that was shot in Cedartown and what we may expect here.


Oakhurst Market

The new Oakhurst Market sign goes up.