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Here’s How Atlanta Restaurants and the Community Are Supporting Protesters (Eater Atlanta) It’s become clear over the last few months that the Atlanta restaurant industry and its diners are looking into ways to step up to assist communities in need during a crisis. The recent protests around Atlanta over the last week, prompted by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, seem to be no exception.
An Alpharetta Brewery Yanks an Offensive Beer From Its Lineup (Eater Atlanta) Currahee Brewing Co., with locations in Alpharetta, Georgia, and Franklin, North Carolina, yanked a beer from its lineup this week after facing backlash over naming a new beer “the Boogaloo”. The term is now associated with an alt-right extremist movement, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Midtown Whole Foods Market Will Soon Offer Grocery Pickup ‘In Response To COVID-19’ Post-Renovation (What Now Atlanta) Whole Foods Market in the Midtown Place shopping center, at 650 Ponce de Leon Avenue, will soon add “grocery pickup” to its list of services. Currently, the grocer only offers delivery from this location. Whole Foods Market will convert dine-in seating into the “grocery pickup area,” according to a permit application filed with the City of Atlanta for the $21,000 renovation.
Manuel’s Tavern added to National Register of Historic Places (AJC) Manuel’s Tavern in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood is a must-stop spot for politicians, and has been for decades. It will close at the end of the month for a face-lift. An iconic tavern in Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood in Atlanta is now officially a historic landmark.
Protests across U.S. force Walmart, Target, CVS to close some stores (CBS) Target, CVS, Apple and Walmart all said Sunday that they had temporarily closed or limited hours at some locations for safety reasons.
Companies like Netflix, McDonald’s, and Target are speaking out amid the George Floyd protests - and some are actually taking action (Business Insider) Protests erupted across the US after the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and now companies are speaking out. From Amazon to Glossier to Snap, CEOs and companies are releasing statements in support of justice and racial equality.
Buckhead Shopping Centers Closed Until Further Notice Following Weekend Riots (What Now Atlanta) Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and several Shops Around Lenox retailers for the second time in recent months have closed down indefinitely. Shuttering the Buckhead shopping centers arrive after a weekend of protests and riots—which started with peaceful marches against police violence spurred by the death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis—left many retailers and restaurants with damaged storefronts.
Chick-fil-A says “our hearts are breaking” for black employees (WSBTV) Atlanta-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A released a statement saying "our hearts are breaking" for black employees who have "suffered for too long because of racism." Dan T. Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s Chairman and CEO, shared his thoughts with staff over the weekend: “This is a time that we must love our neighbors more than we have ever done before, with greater empathy than ever before.”
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Hawks’ Lloyd Pierce, NBA coaches form committee focused on racial injustices and reform (WSBTV) Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce is being joined by some of the most recognizable and influential coaches to take a stand on racial injustice. Pierce is a member of the National Basketball Coaches Association and sits on a new leadership committee that will focus on racial injustice and reform and help to offer solutions within NBA cities.He will be joined by current and former NBA coaches Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, David Fizdale, Doc Rivers, JB Bickerstaff, Quin Snyder, and Stan Van Gundy.
City of Atlanta extends nightly curfew for rest of week, earlier start for weekend (WSBTV) The city of Atlanta announced it will have a nightly curfew in effect every night for the rest of the week.The curfew begins at 9 p.m. Wednesday night and Thursday night. But it will begin an hour earlier at 8 p.m. Friday night through Sunday night.
Dekalb announces another big food giveaway, partnership with food back (AJC) DeKalb County will host another big food giveaway this weekend, distributing some 26 tons of produce and protein to residents in need. County officials also announced Tuesday a $600,000 partnership with the Atlanta
Community Food Bank — an effort they said will increase the supply at local food pantries by more than 30% in coming months.
Brookhaven father helps write book to help children understand the pandemic (WSBTV) Schools shut down and everyone was sent home. No one knew what quarantine was or how long it would last, and it was happening all over the world. Emory Global Health Institute created a children’s book contest to explain the pandemic. A Brookhaven author jumped in to write the book aimed at reassuring children, including his own.