HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:
Here’s a Running List of Restaurants That Have/Are Reopening Dining Rooms/Patios (What Now Atlanta) While seemingly hesitant at first, Atlanta-area restaurants are starting to reopen dining rooms and outdoor areas for on-premise service after temporarily closing in April to slow the spread of COVID-19. Bottles and Bones dining room will open on June 16.
New Orleans-Style Fat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar Coming Soon To The Battery (What Now Atlanta) Fat Tuesday, a Louisiana-based chain of daiquiri bars, later this year will open a location in The Battery Atlanta near Braves Truist Park, according to a press release this week. Fat Tuesday’s 1,118-square-foot space will be located across from El Super Pan on the corner of Battery Walk and Legends Place.
A Roundup of Crowd-Sourced Lists Featuring Black-Owned Atlanta Restaurants (Eater Atlanta) As protests continue in Atlanta and throughout the country against police brutality, crowd-sourced lists featuring Atlanta’s Black-owned restaurants are circulating on Instagram. The grassroots effort by both diners and restaurant industry members is meant to bring more attention to and support for Atlanta’s Black-owned restaurant scene.
Chef Deborah VanTrece Prepares to Reopen Her Modern Soul Food Restaurant on Juneteenth (Eater Atlanta) Chef Deborah VanTrece reopens the dining room at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours on Friday, June 19, after shutting down the Huff Road restaurant on Atlanta’s west side in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Atlanta Falcons closing offices to observe Juneteenth (Atlanta Business Chronicle) The Atlanta Falcons are designating Juneteenth as a paid company holiday for its employees. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The Falcons, who are owned by Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, are the latest Atlanta organization to make the move, joining others across the nation.
Netflix to fund scholarships at Morehouse, Spelman Colleges (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Two of Atlanta's historically black colleges will soon be able to offer hundreds of student scholarships. Morehouse and Spelman College have each been awarded $40 million as part of a donation from philanthropists Patty Quillin and her husband, Reed Hastings, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Netflix.
Quaker Oats to end ‘Aunt Jemima’ brand to promote racial equality (AJC) The Quaker Oats Company has announced it will remove the name and image of Aunt Jemima from its brand after 131 years, calling the change necessary “to make progress toward racial equality.” In a statement Wednesday, the company said it recognizes that “Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype.”
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to invest nearly $500k in grants to help end systemic racism (WSBTV) The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation announced Thursday they will invest $470,000 in grants to help end systemic racism. The grants will go to six Georgia organizations including the Southern Center for Human Rights, the NAACP Georgia, Color of Change, Movement for Black Lives, Blue Institute and Out of Hand Theater. The Montana Racial Equity Project will also get a grant.
ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:
Georgia Aquarium welcomes back the general public (FOX5) Georgia Aquarium is officially back open to visitors, having welcomed in members starting last Saturday and the general public on Monday. Of course, it’s not quite “business as usual” inside the popular downtown attraction, and there’s a list of things guests should know before planning their trip.
Dekalb city recognizes Juneteenth as ‘Freedom Day’ (AJC) The city of Doraville in DeKalb County has proclaimed this Friday, June 19, as “Juneteenth Freedom Day,” officials announced. In a statement, Doraville officials noted Juneteenth is “the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery” in the country.
Meals on Wheels delivery waitlist soars to over 600 during pandemic (AJC) More older adults in Atlanta are struggling to find food during the coronavirus pandemic, new data from Meals On Wheels Atlanta suggests.The nonprofit, which delivers meals to seniors, said its waiting list has doubled since March, and has now grown to more than 600 people, said Hillary Baker, the organization’s chief marketing officer. To meet that increased need, Meals On Wheels has increased its output and delivery efforts.
Vandal damages only grocery store in Atlanta food desert (11Alive) A neighborhood, already dealing with tragedy and its painful aftermath, struck again overnight. Someone vandalized the Carver Neighborhood Market and Common Grounds coffee shop off Jonesboro road in southeast Atlanta at around 4 a.m. Tuesday, busting windows, shattering doors and spray painting walls. The building is just down the street from the Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by police on Friday night.