HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:
The Varsity Reopens for Drive-In Service Only in Midtown (Eater Atlanta) The Varsity reopened its iconic drive-in on Tuesday, after closing entirely in March as part of the statewide dining room shutdown. However, the Midtown restaurant’s dining room on North Avenue (and restrooms) remains closed. Walk-up service is also available.
Talat Market is finally open (for takeout)-and it’s selling out immediately (Atlanta Magazine) After three years of pop-ups around Atlanta, chefs Parnass Savang and Rod Lassiter are opening their brick-and-mortar Thai restaurant, Talat Market, in Summerhill tonight. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Talat will serve takeout only Wednesday through Sunday “for the foreseeable future,” Savang says.
Vegan Eater Envegan Moving Forward In Modera Reynoldstown (What Now Atlanta) Fast-growing vegan restaurant chain Envegan is moving forward with an outpost in Reynoldtown in the Modera mixed-use, at 780 Memorial Dr. SE. The locally-founded eatery is in permitting with the City of Atlanta for its 2,400-square-foot space to go vertical in the new mid-rise.
Escobar Restaurant Feeds Homeless Instead of Reopening (What Now Atlanta) In a complete reversal, Mychel “Snoop” Dillard and rapper 2 Chainz on Monday did not reopen Escobar Restaurant and Tapas Lounge, one of the first Atlanta restaurants last week to announce it would open April 27. The restaurant did, however, open from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to “administer hundreds of meals to the homeless, in place of serving customers.”
Delta will soon require all customers to wear face coverings while traveling (WSBTV) Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that it will soon begin requiring all customers to wear face coverings. Starting Monday, all customers will have to wear face masks or some sort of covering throughout their travel. The company is encouraging travelers to bring their own masks but will provide them for free to customers who need them at ticket counters, gates and onboard airplanes.
Hospitals to resume elective surgeries on Monday (WSBTV) Some metro hospitals are beginning to resume elective surgery. As they do that, they're taking steps to make sure
patients are safe. The CEO says they never saw a surge in coronavirus cases here. As they treat the coronavirus patients, they do have in one area of the hospital, Monday they'll begin elective surgeries. That could be anything from a hysterectomy that is needed to orthopedic surgery.
Some of metro Atlanta’s biggest malls change reopen dates (WSBTV) Starting this weekend, some malls in metro Atlanta and across north Georgia will reopen under significant changes to limit the spread of COVID-19. Many malls have been closed for more than a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Simon real estate company, which operates several popular malls in metro Atlanta, said in March that they were closing to protect its shoppers and workers.
Macy’s Plans to Reopen GA Stores Monday, All US Stores in 6 Weeks (Atlanta Patch) Macy's will begin to reopen all of its stores starting with Georgia and South Carolina on Monday, according to reports. The department store plans to reopen approximately 68 locations on Monday.
Beloved Real Estate Site Curbed Atlanta Shuts Down Indefinitely (What Now Atlanta) Curbed Atlanta, the beloved site known for breaking scoop on the City’s ever-evolving real estate, architecture, design, and urbanism, has shut down indefinitely. Longtime Curbed Atlanta Editor and one helluva Journalist Josh Green announced the news on the publication’s social media pages Thursday.
ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:
Disney selling character-themed face masks; proceeds to go to Georgia-based charity (AJC) Disney will donate up to $1 million of the proceeds and 1 million of the masks, which are available for preorder on shopDisney.com, to MedShare, a non-profit headquartered in Decatur that donates medical surplus supplies to hospitals.
Childcare Supply Nonprofit, Helping Mamas, Scales Up To Meet Increased Demand During COVID-19 (GPB) Another cog in the supply chain disrupted by the pandemic: diapers. And as struggling families with young children face more challenges to making ends meet, one local group has stepped up to help.
Signs of hope pop up around Atlanta (WSBTV) The nonprofit Living Walls is relaunching a #SignsofSolidarity campaign to remind people we are all in this together. The goal is to support local artists while spreading messages of love and positivity.
In a first, AJC Peachtree Road Race being delayed until Thanksgiving (AJC) The coronavirus pandemic has necessitated the postponement of an Atlanta Independence Day tradition that is practically synonymous with the holiday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, which has been run down Peachtree Street on every Fourth of July since its inception in 1970, has been pushed back to Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26.
Skywriting, scavenger hunts, and signs: How Atlantans encourage each other from a distance (Atlanta Magazine) Virginia-Highland resident and preschool teacher Olga Urraza
always felt everyone has an inner child, but making artwork for a yard scavenger hunt as her neighbors shelter in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak has reaffirmed it.