Georgia Avenue is the heart and soul of Summerhill, the historic neighborhood nestled between Grant Park and downtown Atlanta. This re-emerging business district is home to storefronts, loft space, and a brewery, welcoming patrons to patios and roof decks that feature views of downtown, the iconic Olympic flame and Georgia State Stadium.
Now opening doors as bakeries, cafes, offices, breweries, eateries and retailers, the familiar buildings throughout the five-block Georgia Avenue business district have been restored and revitalized. Many of the district’s walls are adorned with murals by local artists, and its garden courtyards and patios invite you to share conversation in sun and breeze or under the stars.
60 Georgia Avenue
Owned by Georgia Tech graduate and electrical engineer Shawn Bainbridge, Belgium-born brewer Joran Van Ginderachter, and Tim Kilic, Halfway Crooks Beer specializes in Pilsners and mixed fermentation. The two-story space pays homage to computer code and the Belgian countryside – Van Ginderachter’s father was a sheep herder – and features a state-of-the-art ten-barrel draft beer system. Jake Harvey of Heaps ATL serves New Zealand meat pies and guests can grab beers at one of two bars including one on an open-air rooftop patio.
Monday through Thursday: 4-10pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:30am-11pm, Sunday: 11:30am-10 pm
85 Georgia Avenue
Wood’s Chapel, named for one of the first churches to serve the Summerhill community immediately following the Civil War, is a new concept heralded by partners Todd Ginsberg, Ben Johnson, Shelley Sweet and Jennifer Johnson. This is the first barbecue concept for this foursome behind popular Atlanta restaurants such as General Muir, Fred’s Meat and Bread, Yalla, West Egg Café and The Canteen. Wood’s Chapel includes on-site, traditional wood-fired pits, a beer garden style patio, and an extensive menu including whole hog, prime brisket and shameless pies. Chef Wilson Gourley and Pitmaster Brian Keenan lead the culinary team at Wood’s Chapel.
7 days a week: 11 am – 9 pm
68 Georgia Avenue
Sarah O’Brien, three-time James Beard Outstanding Baker Finalist and owner of the Little Tart Bakeshop, opened a third location of her popular shop on Georgia Avenue in early 2019. The welcoming café has a full espresso bar, bountiful pastry counter, and offers small, curated menus for lunch and weekend brunch. Although not the only star on the shop’s acclaimed menu, Little Tart’s croissants are universally loved and were highly praised by chef Anthony Bourdain.
The Little Tart Bakeshop Hours
Monday through Friday: 7 am – 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 8 am – 3 pm
66 Georgia Avenue
To the delight of children and adults alike, Sarah O’Brien finally realized her lifelong dream of opening a soft-serve shop with Big Softie on Georgia Avenue, next door to her newest Little Tart location. The light-filled shop features homemade waffle cones, bespoke toppings – including a Dairy Queen-inspired peanut crunch and signature pink praline – and ever-changing seasonal flavors like Georgia Peach and Matcha.
Big Softie Hours
Monday and Tuesday: closed; Wednesday through Friday: 3 pm – 9 pm;
Saturday and Sunday: noon to 9 pm
77 Georgia Avenue
After running a successful pizza pop-up concept out of their apartment kitchen, husband and wife team Alex and Jennifer Aton opened Junior’s Pizza serving authentic New York- and Sicilian-style pies. Junior’s menu offers a variety of items including specialty pizzas, calzones, salads, and vegan pizza options. The large, open restaurant features eclectic, pizza-themed murals from local street and tattoo artists and boasts an outdoor patio.
Monday through Thursday: 11am – 9 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am – 10pm, Closed Sunday
39 Georgia Avenue
Helio Bernal, owner of The Real Mexican Vittles mobile kitchen, will open D Boca N Boca, a taqueria and gastropub, on Georgia Avenue in late 2019. Bernal, who now operates six food trucks, began his pop-up and catering business in 2017, serving tacos, tamales, taco bowls, and freshly made salsas from a mobile kitchen cart at local breweries and festivals around Atlanta. D Boca N Boca, playing off the Spanish phrase meaning “by word of mouth” will feature authentic Mexican design and region-specific cuisine, and will be entice visitors with an outdoor bar and patio.
Ormewood Park resident and GSU graduate Krystle Rodriguez, Hodgepodge founder and owner, wants to invest in her neighborhood near GSU by opening a third location on Georgia Avenue. The original shop is located on Moreland Avenue. In addition to an amazing selection of coffee and food, Hodgepodge will serve as a safe haven for local artists to display their artwork, meet other Atlanta artists, and even host small events.
71A Georgia Avenue
James Beard Rising Star Semifinalist and chef behind Atlanta’s popular Eat Me Speak Me, Jarrett Stieber brings his new restaurant, Little Bear to Georgia Avenue. Occupying an intimate 1,300 square feet, the space will house just 30 seats to encourage a comfortable, approachable atmosphere. Affectionately named after Stieber’s family dog, Little Bear aims to be a neighborhood gathering space where people can enjoy fine dining at an affordable price.
25 Georgia Avenue
Renowned restaurant and hospitality veteran Nick Pihakis will partner with Jeremy and Tammy Chambers, Atlanta-based restauranteurs and operators, to open two new dining concepts along Georgia Avenue, HotDog Pete’s and Hero Doughnuts. HotDog Pete’s, expected to open in August 2019, will offer house-made, chargrilled beef hot dogs on marked buns, craft beer, and milkshakes. Inspired by the legions of independently-owned hotdog restaurants in Birmingham in the 1960s, HotDog Pete’s will continue the tradition, even partnering with the original owner of Sneaky Pete’s to develop their “secret sauce.” Customers will choose from a wide range of toppings to build their own hot dog or select one of HotDog Pete’s original flavor combinations, which they can enjoy on the patio shared with Hero Doughnuts.
33 Georgia Avenue
In addition to Hotdog Pete’s next door, owners Nick Pihakis, Jeremy Chambers and Tammy Chambers will open Hero Doughnuts. This will be the second location for Birmingham-based Hero Doughnuts. Founded by butcher-turned-doughnut-king Wil Drake, Hero Donuts is known for its fresh, seasonally flavored brioche donuts, made daily using locally sourced ingredients. The donut lineup will feature classic flavors like vanilla glazed, pistachio, Boston cream and chocolate sprinkles, plus unusual flavors like maple bacon, cereal milk and blueberry crumble. For customers seeking a savory snack, Hero uses its fresh brioche dough to create buns for breakfast sandwiches, their now-famous fried bologna sandwiches and award-winning burgers, a lunch-crowd favorite.
63 Georgia Avenue
Fronted by an unassuming exterior, Redacted is a new basement drink parlor from Jake Karmin and Judy Ho, formerly of Hand in Hand Neighborhood Pub. With an ambiance and cocktail list centered around conspiracy theories, guests can expect the theme to change throughout the year, ensuring a unique experience each time they visit. The underground hideaway, opening in Fall 2019, will feature craft cocktails, a curated revolving wine list and a six-tap beer system.
59 Georgia Avenue
The evolution of the highly sought after dinner club, Hush Dinner Club, that featured a revolving roster of Atlanta-based chefs popping up in top-rated restaurants around the city, owner Bea Lewis will open a permanent location called Concept in Summerhill. The space will also serve as home base for her Atlanta Meal Prep personal cooking service.
70 Georgia Avenue
Mile End uses the co-founder Joel Tietolman’s grandmothers’ time-honored recipes as the foundation for their menu of updated traditional dishes with a focus on fresh ingredients and from-scratch cooking techniques. The restaurant is a combination of a Jewish delicatessen and a Canadian-style restaurant, modeled after delis found in Montreal’s famous Mile End neighborhood. Mile End’s first restaurant opened in Brooklyn in 2010. In 2019, a second outpost opened in Birmingham.
78 Georgia Avenue
Maepole will open its second location – and first Atlanta outpost – on Georgia Avenue in 2020. The fast-casual spot focuses on using seasonal ingredients, serving approachable healthy food that’s fun to eat. Customers will be familiar with the “burrito place-style” line where they can mix and match locally-sourced vegetables and responsibly-raised proteins. The Maepole team is also responsible for Athens, Ga. favorites The National, Seabear and Condor Chocolates.
63 Georgia Avenue
Atlanta-based restauranteur and owner of Craft Izakaya, CHAR and soon-to-open Girl Diver, Richard Tang is bringing his next venture to Summerhill. Inspired by his favorite childhood pastime, Press Start will be a 2-story bar arcade where patrons can play classic video games, enjoy craft cocktails and snack on Asian small plates. The spot will also serve Asian small plates like scallion pancakes, kimchi fried rice and Korean fried chicken. With an expansive rooftop patio bar, Press Start is sure to be a lively destination opening on Georgia Avenue in 2020.
33 Georgia Avenue
Having built a successful salon business in nearby Grant Park, Maggie Murphy’s salon will soon put down roots on Georgia Avenue. Helmed by stylist extraordinaires Whitney Huffman and Jumpy Burns, Maggie Murphy’s is a six-chair, full-service men’s and women’s salon that will add a new, convenient amenity for Summerhill and the surrounding neighborhoods.
71B Georgia Avenue
How Crispy Express will be the first location of a fast-casual, culinary-minded chicken sandwich concept from the minds of Greg Best of Holeman and Finch Public House and Ticonderoga Club, national hotel and restaurant chef William Silbernagel, branding expert Bart Sasso, and Luke Wilkinson of Local Architects, among others. The 750-square-foot, counter-service restaurant, opening in early 2020, aims to create Atlanta’s signature sandwich, adding yet another reason for patrons to seek out the burgeoning neighborhood dining scene.
I-75/85 FROM THE AIRPORT AND THE SOUTH:
Take exit #246-Fulton St
On the exit ramp follow the signs to Fulton St. /Zoo Atlanta.
Turn right onto Fulton St.
Turn right onto Capitol Ave. /Hank Aaron Drive.
I-75/85 FROM THE NORTH:
Take Exit # 246 – Fulton St.
Turn left onto Fulton St.
Turn right onto Capitol Ave. /Hank Aaron Drive.
I-20 FROM THE EAST:
Take Exit #58-B-Hill St.
Turn left onto Hill St. Turn right onto Glenwood. Glenwood becomes Fulton St.
Turn left onto Capitol Ave. /Hank Aaron Drive.
I-20 FROM THE WEST:
Take Exit #56-B-Windsor St. /Spring St.
Turn Right onto Windsor St.
Turn left onto Fulton St.
Turn right onto Capitol Ave./Hank Aaron Dr.
Georgia State Station: Exit the station on Capital Avenue and walk south for about one mile (a 20-25 minute walk).
Five Points Station: Take the 55 bus
West End Station: Take the 832 bus