Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Comet Pub & Lanes will replace the existing Suburban Lanes

From: http://www.atlantamagazine.com
Comet Pub & Lanes will replace the existing Suburban Lanes
After more than 20 years in Decatur, the owners of Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards are opening a second entertainment venue this fall. Comet Pub & Lanes will replace the existing Suburban Lanes with a bowling, amusement, and dining spot similar to the Painted Pin but with a “funkier, vintage” vibe, says co-owner Ethan Wurtzel. “We think that kind of nostalgia and fun vibe will dovetail really well with the food and beer,” he says. -
The venue will have 32 lanes and vintage arcade games like pinball, plus shuffleboard and pool tables. About 90 percent of the space will be remodeled to include reclaimed church pews as on-lane seating, couches, and a bar made from a reclaimed bowling alley.

“Ben Horgan, general manager and partner at Twains, had bowled in high school and college so he had a connection to it,” Wurtzel says. “Plus, there’s a lot of tie-in to what we do at Twain’s as far as how you can entertain people with food and drink and casual activity.”

To round out the concept, Wurtzel’s team is adding a full kitchen and bar. “Nothing overly fancy, but you’ll get the kind of food you’d expect if you went to Twain’s or anywhere in Decatur,” he says.

Twain’s executive chef Savannah Haseler is designing a menu with sandwiches, pizza made with hand-mixed dough, and stacked burgers made from White Oak Pastures grass-fed beef on Ratio Bakery buns. Some entrees will be available as well. “The food will emphasize locally sourced products where possible, and craft beer will be our drink of choice, as we are a brewpub,” Wurtzel says.

Although beer won’t be brewed onsite, the Comet will offer 15 to 20 brews on draft, plus a “healthy bottle menu.” Wine will be available by the bottle and by the glass. Cocktails will emphasize American craft distilled spirits. There will be a few specialty drinks to round out the otherwise traditional cocktail menu.
- See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/dining-news/twains-to-take-over-suburban-lanes-to-create-a-vintage-bowling-and-entertainment-venue/#sthash.jYo66Q1n.dpuf

Monday, June 29, 2015

Artists Wanted for Art Event "FIGMENT"

From: http://thedecaturminute.com/

Did you boogie down at May’s danceDanceDANCE!? Then you won’t want to miss FIGMENT Decatur Saturday, Aug. 1, a participatory art event from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the Agnes Scott College campus. This is the first ever FIGMENT in the state of Georgia.

FIGMENT is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT’s mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities.

FIGMENT can’t happen without artists, so if you are someone with a great idea for a participatory art project (whether you consider yourself an “artist” or not), please submit it here before July 5. You’ll need to create an account and it takes about ten minutes from start to submission.
Learn more

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Grant Park Entertainers

Eye on Grant Park
 March to the beat of a different drum.

Last call for the Cyclorama in Grant Park June 30 Last Day

From: http://artsculture.blog.ajc.com
It’s last call for the Cyclorama in Grant Park, where the monumental Battle of Atlanta painting has been on view, in more than one location, since 1893.

After business June 30, the city of Atlanta will close the attraction’s doors, and the Atlanta History Center will begin preparations to move the 358-foot-by-30-foot, 5 ton-plus circular painting to its Buckhead campus.

Construction on the 23,000-square-foot Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama wing is expected to begin there this fall, with a projected opening in early 2017. Some 3,268 square feet of imagery that has been missing for generations will be reincorporated.

In July 2014, Mayor Kasim Reed announced the Cyclorama’s planned relocation and restoration. The history center confirmed that it had raised $32.2 million from private donors and philanthropies. including an endowment to ensure that Cyclorama artifacts are maintained at no cost to city taxpayers.

The Grant Park building that housed the painting since 1921 will be developed by Zoo Atlanta into a community event space linked to a new African Savanna
 ZOO Atlanta photo credit http://civil-war-picket.blogspot.com/2015/06/closing-for-two-years-atlanta-cyclorama.html

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Dine-In" Theater planned for Snellville Exchange

From: http://www.tonetoatl.com
 "Dine-In" Theater planned for Snellville

Columbus, Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas is (again) planning a new movie theater in Snellville. Originally announced in March 2013 as a thirteen screen movie theater, the project was "nixed" by November of the same year.

Now, documents obtained by ToNeTo Atlanta reveal plans are again underway to bring a new theater to the area. The new eleven screen "Ovation" cinema will offer a "Dine-In" experience.  The new theater with have wait staff and feature luxury seating that will allow patrons to order from touch screen menus before or during the movie. The roughly 54,000 square foot theater will be built to the left of Hobby Lobby in the 1200 block of Scenic Highway at Snellville Exchange.

Carmike has been enhancing existing theaters and opening new ones that offer more food and beverage options in an effort to attract more moviegoers.  Birmingham, Alabama-based Cobb Theatres and their CineBistro concept are seen by many in the industry as the benchmark operation in the "Dine-In" segment.  CineBistro has seven locations including one in Atlanta at TOWN Brookhaven, and an eighth slated to open this summer in Cary, North Carolina.

photo credit: http://dartretail.com/properties/SnellvilleExchange

Monday, June 22, 2015

Concert and Fireworks on The Square in Decatur

 From The Decatur Minute
Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic basket! We cordially invite you to join us when a free “Pops” concert to Celebrate America will be presented by the Callanwolde Concert Band, Raymond Handfield, Music Director and Conductor on July 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the bandstand on the square in Decatur. Mr. Handfield will be joined by  Assistant Conductor Scott Files in this performance.
The program of light classics and popular favorites will feature patriotic songs, marches, musical comedy selections, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture (complete with fireworks) and of course Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever March.
The concert follows the annual Decatur Pied Piper Parade. Decorate your wagons, ride your bike, skate, or walk in this fun event. Food will be available from booths and restaurants in the square.
The Band, a community organization for over forty years, is DeKalb County’s premiere symphonic wind ensemble. Admission to the concert is free.
We hope that you can join us for this concert to Celebrate America.
Further information about the Band is available at its web site, www.calcb.org 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Decatur Police Respond to 3 Burglaries

From The Decatur Police Dept.

On 06/19/15 at 2:40 pm, Decatur Police responded to a previous burglary in the 200 block of East Davis Street. The victim stated the house was left unsecured at approximately 9:00 am and his son had just returned home and noticed that items were missing from the house. Officers located a rear bedroom window that had been pried open. A desktop computer, laptop computer, television and game system were taken.
On 06/19/15 at 6:11 pm, Decatur Police responded to a previous burglary in the 200 block of East Davis Street. The victim stated his house was left secured at 9:30 am and he just returned to find items missing in the home. The suspect made entry through a rear bathroom window that was closed but it is uncertain if the window was unlocked or the suspect was able to circumvent the lock without causing damage. A desktop computer, two televisions and two game systems were taken.
On 6/20/15, at 1:34 am, Decatur Police responded to a burglary in progress in the 200 block of Ridley Lane. The victims stated they were in a downstairs bedroom and heard noises inside of the house. Upon exiting the bedroom, one of the victims encountered three suspects and yelled which startled the suspects causing them to scream and flail their arms as they started to run, pushing past the victim. The victim was hit on her chin as the suspects fled which caused a small bruise. All three suspects climbed out a rear window and fled the scene in an unknown direction. Officers observed the rear window had been forced open and recovered a crowbar from the scene. A small television, jewelry, eyeglasses, cash and cell phone were taken. Officers further recovered used disposable gloves at the scene.
The suspects were described as follows:
Suspect #1: black male, mid-late teens, muscular build, average height, short black hair, wearing a camouflage shirt and carrying a backpack.
Suspect #2: white male, mid-late teens, slim build and average height.
Suspect #3: white female, mid-late teens, slim build and average height.
 Photo credit:http://blog.monitronics.com

Kudzu Antiques Summer Sale

From http://www.kudzuantiques.com/
Our SUMMER SALE starts FRIDAY, JUNE 19 and runs through FRIDAY, JULY 3. You’ll find wonderful deals all throughout the shop from 10 – 40% OFF!

Looking for a new sofa? You’re in luck! Our custom upholstery lines, ROWE (pictured below) and NORWALK (available at our Sandy Springs location, Kudzu And Company) are on sale during our STORE WIDE SUMMER SALE. ROWE at 15% OFF and NORWALK at 20% OFF! Come design an upholstered piece of your own today!

Trying to spruce up your outdoor space this season? We have a large variety of yard art, planters, plant stands, water features, arbors, furniture and other items to help you along the way.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ancient worlds await you at the Michael C. Carlos Museum

From: http://www.carlos.emory.edu/visit
Ancient worlds await you at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the campus of Emory University. Maintaining the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast, the Museum houses more than 16,ooo objects ranging from 9,ooo year-old idols to contemporary photographs.

From the Egyptian Gallery to the Classical Court to the Ancient American and African galleries, the Museum is a unique treasure among Atlanta’s cultural attractions. The Museum offers exciting special exhibitions throughout the year drawn from its own collections and from others around the world. There is always something new to see.


Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University
571 South Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-4282
For more info visit website
And they have a gift shop.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pied Piper Parade July 4

 From thedecaturminute.com
Decorate your bicycle, skateboard or wagon and walk, ride, or skate in the
Pied Piper Parade as it winds through the streets of downtown Decatur.  Line-up begins at 5:30 in the parking lot of Decatur First Baptist Church and steps off at 6:00pm.
Concert on the square features Callanwolde Concert Band. Parade 6 p.m.; Concert 7 p.m.; Fireworks at dark.
Click here to download the parade guidelines. We want to see your silliest and most creative decorations!
New this year! Prizes will be awarded for the best “float” and for the best kid’s vehicle (bike, scooter, or wagon)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Classic Rides & Rescues June 21 @ Decatur Estate Antiques

Come celebrate Georgia cool cruisers 2nd birthday with free cake!
Door prizes and raffle, great music.
Should be fun.

Dog Days of Summer

Photo credit: Flicker member Liz
From The Decatur Minute
by Casie Yoder
Many Decatur residents are devoted dog owners (sidenote: if you’re looking for just the right canine companion, LifeLine Animal Project is offering free pet adoptions in June) and spend lots of time walking their dogs around the city and visiting Decatur’s popular dog parks. For the safety of everyone, dogs should be on a leash when out and about or securely fenced when outdoors at home.

Here is the complete law, straight from the Decatur Code of Ordinances:
Sec. 14-33. – Duty of owner to keep animal under restraint while on property.
 See it at http://thedecaturminute.com/

  If you’re looking for just the right canine companion, LifeLine Animal Project is offering free pet adoptions in June . Here is the website http://lifelineanimal.org

Monday, June 15, 2015

Revival Plans to Open Later this Summer But You Can still enjoy some BBQ From Terminus City

     REVIVAL                                 129 CHURCH ST.                                                 DECATUR   GA

 Revival Plans to Open Later this Summer

From: Revival Chef Kevin Gillespie facebook page

We may not be open yet, but you can enjoy some BBQ from our sister Terminus City this Father's Day... Dig in!


             Order for Father's Day by Tuesday    June 16th at midnight.

Father's Day is next weekend and Terminus City has what your dad wants! Order for Father's Day by Tuesday June 16th at midnight. Feed 4-6 hungry folks for $50. Add a personalized copy of Pure Pork Awesomeness for $25! Contact terminuscity@gunshowatl.com or 404.380.1886 to order.
Includes 2 Pounds of Barbecue Pork, 1 Pint of Shaker Style Coleslaw, 1 Pint of Revival Potato Salad, 6 Chocolate Chip Cookies, 6 Sandwich Rolls, BBQ Sauce / Pork Cracklings. (Pick up time is Sunday, June 21 from 10 am to noon.)

BBQ photo credit Revival facebook page.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Little Wine Shop in Avondale is Closing

From:The-Little-Wine-Shop facebook page

After six years of serving the Avondale Estates community,
the Little Wine Shop is closing its' doors on June 27.
We greatly appreciate the loyalty shown by our patrons and will always cherish the many friendships we developed.
Starting today all wine and gadgets in inventory are 20% off.
In addition, special orders (minimum six bottles) are being accepted through Friday, June 20 and receive the 20% close out price. All special orders must be paid in advance and picked-up before our doors close on Saturday, June 27.

Thanks again for all your past support.

It's Hard to Believe this was Decatur Just 6 Years Ago.

Decatur Ga square in 2009

From the founders of Decatur’s The Pinewood comes Mercury!

 Coming to Ponce City Market in late 2015.
From: http://atlantaeats.com/
By : by Krista Miller
From the founders of Decatur’sThe Pinewood comes Mercury! Brooks Cloud, Julian Goglia, and Mike Blydenstein will be opening The Mercury, a cocktail-focused, classic American eatery, at Ponce City Market in late 2015. Inspired by the culture of the 1960’s, the restaurant will offer updated takes on Mid-Century American cuisine and classic cocktails. Cloud, Goglia, and Blydenstein are familiar faces on the Atlanta dining scene, as they are the team behind The Pinewood in Decatur and Proof Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup.
The menu will be updated Classic American with a raw bar, steaks and seasonally influenced entrees. Julian will develop a cocktail program that harkens to the mid-century cocktail scene. He will even be bringing back cocktail hour, a la Mad Men.
On Tuesday, Jun 9th Mercury will be asking for their future patrons to help out by launching a Kickstarter. If you would like to help out and get those cocktails even quicker, you can donate directly here. Check out this video.

Decatur's Big Pop Up is Tonight

 From The Decatur Minute
by Catherine
Head over to East Decatur Station between 6 and 9 p.m. tonight for Decatur’s biggest little festival of art, crafts, jewelry, music, local brews, food and fun. For a full list of events and vendors, visit the Big Pop Up Facebook page.
If you aren’t from the Decatur area and need to Google Map the event, enter: 111 New St., Decatur, GA 30030.
See you there!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Slide the City Tickets on Sale Wednesday June 10

 Photo credit slide the city website.
 From thedecaturminute.com 
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Decatur Business Association, the DBA along with the City of Decatur has decided to shake up our traditional summer event, the Decatur Beach Party, and make a huge SPLASH this summer. For one day only, there will be a 1000 foot long water slide in the middle of W. Ponce de Leon Ave, stetching from Clairemont down just past Ponce de Leon Place.
This amazing event is produced a by a professional event company called Slide the City which has brought this wild slide to cities such as Salt Lake City, Boise, Fountain Hills, and Ft. Lauderdale.  Decatur will be the only metro Atlanta city to host this event which will bring Decatur thousands of visitors and tons of foot traffic.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 10th at 9am EST through the Slide the City website. This is the only place where tickets can be purchased.  Only a limited number of tickets will be sold for this event.

Note: only 6000 tickets will be sold for this Decatur event.

Monday, June 8, 2015

“Junior Police Academy” Hosted by The Decatur Police Dept.

From: http://thedecaturminute.com/
The Decatur Police Department will be hosting a “Junior Police Academy” during the week of June 22nd-26th, 2015. Class times will be from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm each day. This program is designed to educate and enlighten youth about the functions and duties of their police department.  Attendees will participate in fun and educational exercises designed to simulate real law enforcement activities as well as learn about personal safety and crime prevention.
The class will be limited to 12 participants who are 11-14 years old.  Preference will be given to city residents and students who attend schools in the city.
learn more about this here.
photo credit: I did something like this when I was a kid. It was fun, I thought I was Joe Friday.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Southern Living's - The Grumpy Gardener's Guide to Awesome Lawn Care

- http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/how-to-fertilize-lawn-video

Waffle House Construction underway at Old Decatur Belk Department Store Building

 In my research on the building, I found a circa 1948 photo  showing the front side of Belk-Gallant Co. which shows the original brick front with 3 large windows on second floor,(now Eddie's Attic) In the late 1950's Belk-Gallant redesigned the front entrance making a larger entrance walk-in area with surrounding windows.
From the June Decatur Focus:
Construction on the Waffle House at 515 N. McDonough St. is underway.  Waffle House and the property owner agreed to work with us to remove the false facade and expose the original brick building if possible.  We found that all of the brick had been removed on the lower floor but plan to do more exploratory work on the second floor to see if brick still exists under the large stucco covering currently in place.
The building was originally a Belk’s department store and a version of the stucco second floor covering appears in photos dating back to the late 1950s or early ’60s.  We will continue to work with the property owners to find option for creating a more appealing treatment for the front of the building.
 Here is a photo of the floor tile that is still there today.

 Interesting note in top photo: If you look close on right side bottom window you can see a reflection of a Decatur Cab Co.
I thought that was cool.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wild Oats and Billy Goats 5th Anniversary

From The Decatur Minute
Wild Oats and Billy Goats is celebrating its 5th Anniversary in full folk art funky style on Saturday, June 6.

11 a.m.-9 p.m.: Sale on select artwork

noon-7 p.m.: Goat petting zoo

noon, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m.: Soap making demo by Hope Floats Farm

2 p.m.: Puppet show by All Hands Productions

3 p.m.: Cake cutting and raffle winners announced.

112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Restaurant News: New Menu and New Hours for No. 246

h/t  to Daniel for sendng this in. Thanks Bro

Here is a little info about No. 246 from their website.

The name no. 246 reflects the original name of the plot of land on which the restaurant sits, dating back to the early 1900s. The no. 246 dining experience is influenced by seasonality and local products as well as the culinary techniques of Italy.
Like all of Ford Fry’s restaurants, no. 246 focuses on seasonal cooking with high-quality ingredients — letting the food speak for itself. Belline is an Atlanta native who has worked at Charlie Palmer’s Kitchen 22 and Tom Colicchio’s Craft in New York as well as Quinones at Bacchanalia and Floataway CafĂ© in Atlanta. As the executive chef-partner of no. 246 as well as Ford Fry’s Creative Director, he created a menu of Italian-inspired cuisine that is composed of local, farm fresh ingredients and utilizes simple wood-fired cooking techniques.
“Culinary trends in the Southeast have been very meat-centric, but we’re trying to make the food at no. 246 more about vegetables and dishes that guests can eat every day,” Drew says. “The menu is driven by what local producers have to offer.”

TEL: 678 399 8246