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We love podcasts! Whether you're looking for news, insightful life lessons or something to make you laugh out loud -- you can find it in a podcast. Quarantine gave us plenty of time to consume great content, so if you’re searching for something fresh after exhausting your regular podcast list, look no further! Our fall intern, Kathryn Ann Waller, put together her favorite podcast picks from business tips to true crime: If you’re feeling career driven... Planet Money: This podcast breaks down economic issues and culture to be more approachable for most audiences. Some topics they tackle include healthcare, insider trading, unemployment, inflation, and more. How I Built This: Every episode fea

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: An Atlanta Entrepreneur Launches a Free Community Fridge Initiative to Combat Food Insecurity (Eater Atlanta) Atlanta entrepreneur and activist Latisha Springer launched the grassroots mutual aid organization Free99Fridge this summer to help combat food insecurity in some of the most vulnerable populations living within the city’s rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Breakfast Restaurant and Daytime Social Club Breakfast at Barney’s Opens Downtown Next Week (Eater Atlanta) Breakfast at Barney’s part brunch spot and part daytime social club — opens Monday, August 31, on Decatur Street just south of downtown for dine-in service and takeout. Owned by Morris Brown Co

A Sliver of Normalcy

The cover of the Sunday New York Times featured an article about how outdoor dining is keeping the hospitality industry afloat. The article referred to the restaurants' ability to serve a fraction of what it handled pre-pandemic as providing a "sliver of normalcy." Ever since I read it, I can't stop thinking about what a "sliver of normalcy" looks like in my world. As the pandemic lingers on, two hurricanes bear down on the U.S. and wildfires rage in California, life is feeling like anything but normal, so I'll take a sliver. The PR universe continues to serve up back-to-back meetings, they're just all on screens. Clients are still marketing to their customers. It's the way they're do

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: The Team Behind One+ Sushi Is Opening a New Restaurant in Sandy Springs (Eater Atlanta) The menu features sushi, more than 20 sushi rolls, sashimi, and hot items, like a miso duck breast, deep-fried stuffed jalapenos, cauliflower tempura, and bang bang shrimp. At the bar, One Sushi offers 10 cocktails, sake, and a variety of Japanese beers and whiskeys. Where’s the Scoop Alpharetta Debuting With Weekend-Long Grand Opening (What Now Atlanta) Johns Creek ice cream shop Where’s The Scoop is opening its Alpharetta outpost this weekend with three days of giveaways in the Alpharetta City Center development, at 26 Old Roswell St. The new outpost is more like a “desser

Back to School Blues

With the start of our fall internship program, we welcome two of the close to 300 thousands students heading back to state universities in Georgia this week. Kathryn Ann Waller and Soleil Antoine are seniors at University of Georgia and Georgia State respectively. As with our recent summer interns, we'll do our best to engage and inform them over Zoom calls, while our brick-and-mortar office remains empty (sans moi). The back-to-school blues take on new meaning in the time of Covid. High schools and colleges are scrambling to navigate the plethora of unknowns. It is nothing if not fluid -- some are offering hybrid schedules of half in-person and half online classes, while others are conden

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Reimagined: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Is Back (Atlantan) It is no secret that when it comes to COVID-19 impact, it has hit the restaurant industry and dining community across the nation, harder than most. With that in mind The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival felt a responsibility to not only monetarily help the community but also shed some light and positivity on a situation that has recently been quite bleak. Escobar Owners Are Opening a Restaurant in the Former Mother Bar on Edgewood (Eater Atlanta) Mother Bar and Kitchen closed in June after eight years on Edgewood Avenue. The bar, which shuttered in late-March due to the pandemic, could not overcome the cri

Big Restaurant News

Our hearts have been breaking for the restaurant industry. In the best of times, it operates on slim margins. In the wake of the pandemic, it's eking by with limited seating and meals to-go. Gone are the days of lively crowded bars and shoulder-to-shoulder seating. It's hard to imagine how restaurants can make a profit serving half-full dining rooms, but they're trying. We talked to our friend Guenter Seeger who recently re-located back to Atlanta about what the future of dining will look like. Here's a guy who literally founded farm-to-table dining in Atlanta and birthed a community of protege chefs who have gone on to populate our bustling restaurant scene. Touch-less payments, deliver

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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE: Pho King Express Opens on Outpost in West End (Eater Atlanta) An outpost of Pho King Express is now open at the Window at the Met on Murphy Avenue in West End. The menu features a small selection of pho and banh mi, egg rolls, and rice and noodle dishes. Open Monday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery via UberEats. Call 770-371-4612 or order online for takeout. Guy Wong Could Open ‘Big Boss’ In Place of Midtown’s Chinese Buddha (What Now Atlanta) Guy Wong is something of a pioneer in the Atlanta dining landscape. In the past, he has been compared to the likes of chef David Chang of Momofuku Noodle Bar. Wong started his food career as a chil

Check Out Who's Doing The Good Work

While the heat can't deny this is August, it's hard to believe we're entering month six of a pandemic. Rates of coronavirus infections are surging around the nation and Georgia finds itself on the cover of the New York Times for leading the pack. Crime continues to escalate as frustration mounts over rising jobless rates. And Congress can't seem to agree on a plan to keep small businesses afloat. We turn to the immortal Talking Heads to sum it up best: "you may ask yourself, well how did I get here?" Clearly the world has changed in irreversible ways, and we're not getting back to "normal" anytime soon. Still, our clients are doing good work. The Georgia Film Academy launched its Cov

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