HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:
With Bomb Biscuits, Baker Erika Council Expands Her Popup Into a Home Delivery Service (Eater Atlanta) Atlanta-based food writer, baker, and self-proclaimed “biscuit Jedi” Erika Council just launched an in-town biscuit delivery service sparked by her wildly successful Bomb Biscuits popups. With the need to pivot the popup business due to the ongoing health crisis, Bomb Biscuits now features “the Biscuit Drop”, delivering fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits and pies to neighborhoods around Atlanta.
Grassroots Efforts to Support Atlanta’s Black-Owned Restaurants and Coffee Shops (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.
Mother Bar Permanently Shutters On Edgewood Avenue (What Now Atlanta) Mother Bar and Kitchen has permanently closed its Sweet Auburn doors after eight years in business, the company announced Tuesday on its Facebook page. “It is with great reluctance that we announce that we will be closing Mother for good,” according to the social media post.
Georgia House gives final OK to home delivery of beer, wine and liquor (AJC) Grocery and liquor stores and some restaurants would be able to deliver beer, wine and booze to the front doors of their customers under legislation that won final approval in the Georgia House Thursday.
Atlanta e-bike shop finds itself thriving amid pandemic economy (11Alive) As more people are exercising outside during this pandemic, there's been an unexpected side effect: Some stores across the U.S. have sold out of bikes. Lyn Norvell bought her bike at ElectroBike in Brookhaven two months before COVID-19 hit. She said since this pandemic, she's been getting out much more to exercise. She even rides her bike now to work.
Pinewood Atlanta to spend ‘millions of dollars’ on post pandemic prep (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Pinewood Atlanta to spend 'millions of dollars' on post pandemic prep. Even before crew members make their way back to Pinewood Atlanta Studios next week, they will encounter new layers of safety, sanitation and security practices meant to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Tech firm plans to bring nearly 500 jobs to Atlanta (AJC) A technology services firm owned by women plans to bring nearly 500 jobs to Fulton County. Milletech Systems Inc. is known for emerging technology and expertise in business development. The firm plans to provide internships and hire graduates from more than 100 Georgia colleges to fill cloud technology positions, according to a statement from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office.
Buckhead Butcher Shop Opens in Peachtree Heights West (What Now Atlanta) When Revere Meat Company co-owner Connor Boney saw there wasn’t a devoted butcher shop in Buckhead, he jumped on the opportunity to create “the first and last butcher shop in Buckhead,” founding Buckhead Butcher Shop. Though called a butcher shop, Boney says that he doesn’t want people to feel like they’re walking into one. For him, it’s a “boutique twist to a butcher shop.”
ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:
Alpharetta’s Avalon to host weekly drive-in concerts for charity (AJC) It’s the summer of drive-in entertainment options. Throughout the metro area, drive-in movie theaters are seeing a surge in popularity and drive-in concert events are popping up. On Friday nights for the next couple months, the mixed-use development will be holding drive-in concerts.
Non-profit hands out thousands of health bags to help homeless during COVID-19 pandemic (WSBTV) The COVID-19 pandemic has marginalized the homeless community, causing a concern of possibly spreading the virus. But some “love” is hitting Atlanta’s streets to help some of the people in most need at this time. “This is a community right now that is being overlooked,” said Erica Wright, founder of the nonprofit Project U First.
Cobb County announces plans for how students will return to school (WSBTV) The Cobb County School District released plans for its return Thursday morning. Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said the district will open for both face-to-face and remote instruction and parents will be able to choose what is best for their child. “This format represents the best solution which balances our two most important priorities: the health and safety of our students and staff and student learning,” the district said.
Partnership to create jobs, 500K meals for struggling families (AJC) With the school year over, families with children at home for the summer are at a greater risk for food insecurity and hunger. And while metro Atlanta school districts are offering summer feeding programs, some are scaled back versions of what was offered during the school year.