HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:
Georgia Bars and Nightclubs Can Reopen June 1 But With Strict Capacity Limits (Eater Atlanta) Like restaurants across the state, bars must follow 39 mandatory safety requirements in order to reopen, including screening workers for COVID-19 symptoms, limiting capacity to 25 people or 35 percent of total occupancy, allowing parties of no more than six people, and only serving drinks within designated areas or to seated patrons.
Scofflaw To Host Flippin’ Bird Mixology Competition with $10K Prize for Out-of-Work Industry Workers (What Now Atlanta) Scofflaw Brewing Co. and Flippin’ Bird Brands have announced a bartender competition for out-of-work mixologists residing in Georgia. The contest will begin June 1, 2020, and will be replicated in other states as Flippin’ Bird Brands enters additional markets.
Gusto! Chamblee Reopens After Temporarily Closing When Employee Tested Positive For COVID-19 (What Now Atlanta) Gusto! on Thursday reopened its Chamblee restaurant after voluntarily closing last week when one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. Gusto! Chamblee was the third publicly-known Atlanta-area eatery to voluntarily close when an employee fell ill with the novel coronavirus.
Parts of the Battery Atlanta reopen after months of closure (WSBTV) Two restaurants will now be open – Sports and Social Atlanta and The Tavern. Both will offer contact-less ordering and paying. You'll be able to order food and drinks from your phone, no app required. Live entertainment is also set to return through Sunday afternoons.
El Super Pan Reopens In Ponce City Market With Sidekick Pop-Up El Burro Pollo (What Now Atlanta) With its reopening, El Super Pan has brought with it sister concept El Burro Pollo which will run out of the PCM space as a pop-up until its Midtown location reopens in CODA’s The Collective.
BUSINESS / RETAIL / REAL ESTATE:
Buyers Market: New townhomes, condos, & single-family homes available with low interest rates (Atlanta InTown) Two Hedgewood Homes (hedgewoodhomes.com) neighborhoods – Southerland and Summerhill – have also seen an increase in sales. Home sizes range from two- and three-story layouts and come with an on-site professional gardener to maintain each home’s garden.
Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences Sees Spike In Sales (BDB Palm Beach County’s) Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences has seen a spike in sales, with over $10 million in homes under contract and five completed deals, in April alone. The onsite sales and marketing firm, Compass Development attributes the success to this luxury community’s focus on health and wellness.
Tuesday Morning is about to close 130 stores. Here’s a map of where they are. (CNBC) Discount retailer Tuesday Morning has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is looking to shut more than 200 of its nearly 700 stores. First, the Dallas-headquartered company is seeking court approval to shut at least 132 stores, which it says are either underperforming or are located in areas where another store is close by.
Ulta Beauty Is Poised To Survive The Impact Of Coronavirus (Forbes) The shift in customers from shopping in-store to online or curbside will change their future behavior and build the digital business, making it a larger percent of total sales.
ARTS / LIFESTYLE / GENERAL INTEREST:
Georgia pharmacist spreads joy with handmade cards (FOX5) Handmade cards with inspiring messages and beautiful artwork stapled on customer's prescription bags at Lily's Pharmacy in Johns Creek. Owner Dr. Jennifer Shannon told FOX 5 for weeks she heard the despair in her customers' voices.
Boston Marathon officially canceled, replaced with virtual race event (FOX5) The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history. Organizers have decided to have a “virtual event” instead, where participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.
Hawks mail over 1,000 basketballs as summer camps and clinics go virtual (FOX5) The Atlanta Hawks are mailing out 1,700 basketball kits across the state; 500 are going to Boys and Girls Clubs in Atlanta, Albany, Augusta and Columbus, and the 1,200 others are for pre-registered children, from 6 years old to high school age, who would be partaking in the team's traditional clinics, tournaments and camps this summer.
NHL Officially Ends Their 2019-2020 Regular Season, Announces Plans for 24-Team Playoffs (People) The NHL has officially ended its 2019-2020 regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic — but is planning to move forward with a 24-team playoff schedule if it is able to resume play. The Return to Play Plan also outlined details of the NHL's 24-team playoff schedule, which would be held in two "hub cities" for the duration of the tournament.
Atlanta mayor to testify before U.S. Congress subcommittee on COVID-19 (AJC) Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will testify Friday before a U.S. Congressional subcommittee on the impact of the coronavirus on her city, along with six other mayors from across the nation.