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Ponce Restaurant 8ARM Transforms Its Parking Lot Into an Outdoor Kitchen and Bar (Eater Atlanta) 8ARM debuts its new outdoor kitchen and bar called Side Piece on Wednesday, June 10, in the parking lot of the Ponce de Leon Avenue restaurant, after closing for dine-in service in March. Sidepiece and the patio bar at 8ARM offer counter-service food and drinks, takeout options, and expanded outdoor seating.
North Fulton nightclub owners adjust to new way of business (AJC) The clubs were allowed to reopen June 1 as long as they comply with a set of 39 mandatory measures, including limiting their clubs’ capacity.
Fire closes Sandy Springs restaurant indefinitely (AJC) Firefighters received a call about 1 a.m. Wednesday and arrived to find heavy smoke at Ippolito’s Italian restaurant at 6623 Roswell Road. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said the restaurant will be closed for the foreseeable future.
Both Atlanta-Area Uncle Julio’s Close For Good (What Now Atlanta) The chain of Mexican eateries has permanently closed its two local restaurants in Buckhead, at 1860 Peachtree Road, and in Sandy Springs, at 6115 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. Uncle Julio’s has since removed both locations from its website and a cached copy of the locations page confirms the news.
Here’s a Running List of Restaurants That Have/Are Reopening Dining Rooms/Patios (What Now Atlanta) These restaurants are back in action after temporarily closing in April in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. We’ve linked to every restaurant’s website, so do be sure to check with each establishment regarding reopening specifics before masking-up and heading over (if PPE is your cup of tea because Georgia doesn’t currently require it while dining out).
Delta launches ‘global cleanliness division’ in latest move to recover from pandemic (Atlanta Business Chronicle) With sanitation suddenly a much higher priority for airline customers, Delta is launching an entire division dedicated to cleanliness. It is the latest move meant to help the company recover from the devastating novel coronavirus pandemic.Delta Air Lines Inc. is establishing a "global cleanliness" division, the Atlanta-based carrier announced in a news release.
Atlanta organizations partner on $10M fund to support founders with diverse teams (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Two Atlanta-based organizations known for assisting underrepresented founders have joined forces to raise the stakes for women founders. Launchpad2X, a founder-to-CEO accelerator program for women entrepreneurs, announced a partnership with Zane Venture Fund, on a $10 million fund created to support founders with diverse teams.
Companies touting Black Lives Matter face workforce scrutiny (AJC) The 33-year-old founder of Uoma Beauty, a cosmetics company that caters to black women, came up with a social media challenge to test the sincerity of the companies: She launched the #pulluporshutup campaign on Instagram to push brands to reveal the racial makeup of their corporate workforce and executives.
Starbucks to close 400 stores (WSBTV) You may have to go a little farther to get your java jolt as coffeehouse giant Starbucks announces it will be closing up to 400 company-owned stores. At the same time, the company is going to expand what it called “convenience-led formats” such as curbside pickup, drive-thrus and mobile-only pickup stores.
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SEC Media Days go virtual, won’t be held in Atlanta (WSBTV) It’s official: the Southeastern Conference is going virtual for its 2020 football media days. SEC Football Media Days were scheduled to be held in Atlanta, July 13-16, at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Atlanta Hotel. But the conference decided virtual would be the best way to go because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Atlanta United season resumes July 8 with MLS tournament in Orlando (WSBTV) Major League Soccer announced Wednesday it will resume its season July 8 with a tournament in Orlando. It will be held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. Atlanta United only played two games before the season shut down on March 12 because of coronavirus pandemic. Teams will start arriving in Orlando on June 24.
Nonprofit delivers fresh food donations (AJC) Less waste. Less hunger. That’s the mission driving the 16-year-old nonprofit Second Helpings Atlanta and its army of 450 volunteers. Seven days a week, these volunteers are out collecting fresh food that might otherwise be headed to a landfill and delivering it to food pantries, women’s shelters and other groups that feed the needy.
Must Ministries keeping families fed amid coronavirus pandemic (FOX5) Must Ministries is working hard to provide food for families this summer and they're getting much-needed help. Normally, food donations slow down this time of year, but that's not been the case recently. Not only are donations pouring in, but the organization says that food is going right back out into the community.
Dancewear brand Capezio announces pointe shoes in darker shades after online petition (GMA) Change is on the way! Dancewear brand Capezio recently announced that it's making its pointe shoes more inclusive. This news follows a Change.org petition started by Megan Watson calling on the brand to provide skin color inclusive dance clothing.