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HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:

Drift Fish House in Marietta Launches a Pop-Up Slinging Lobster Rolls This Weekend (Eater Atlanta) Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar in East Cobb plans to host a pop-up called Pop’s Lobster Shack each weekend for the remainder of the summer serving a “New England-style” seafood menu. That menu includes a Maine lobster roll, oysters, and a fried shrimp platter. King of Pops popsicles will also be available for purchase. Pop’s is takeout only, with limited seating available on the patio once food is received. People can preorder online for pick up on Saturday or Sunday.

The Owners of Buckhead Italian Restaurant Storico Fresco Launch a Virtual Wine Shop (Eater Atlanta) The owners of Buckhead Italian restaurant and market Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante launch a virtual wine shop today called Storico Vino. The online store features Italian white, red, rosé, and sparkling wines available for pickup at the Buckhead Exchange restaurant on Peachtree Road.

Clermont Lounge reopening (again) after closure due to COVID-19 (AJC) The Clermont posted on social media Wednesday that it would reopen, though it added no other details. Other legendary Atlanta spots for adult nightlife have stayed open with safety restrictions in place. The 55-year-old basement of body-to-body fun closed July 7 because of the positive staff member.

BUSINESS/RETAIL/REAL ESTATE:

Atlanta INTown Real Estate Brief July Issue Features The Dunhill (Atlanta INTown) Compass Development has announced completion of The Dunhill, a luxury condominiums in Sandy Springs. The five-story, boutique style, gated community features 19 flats that offer two- and three-bedroom homes.

Small businesses are closing down at an alarming rate, and it could get worse, economist says (WSBTV) A lot of small businesses are giving up and shutting down as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Many of those businesses, such as Camicakes on Peachtree Road in Buckhead, could not afford rent and are now getting evicted. It was a sweet moment a decade ago when Camicakes opened its doors. Now, 10 years and a pandemic later, the gourmet cupcake show is closed.

Atlanta Black radio stations to reach 3.7 million listeners with get out the vote message (Atlanta Business Chronicle) While the global pandemic has required social distancing, for some industries, Covid-19 has created more cohesion than ever before. Case in point, on July 23, Atlanta’s 10 Black radio stations will come together to educate listeners about voting and encourage them to register.

Atlanta, meet Amazon’s new automated robot, Scout -- delivering packages to a door near you (WSBTV) Pretty soon you may not get your Amazon package from a delivery truck, but a robot instead. The retail giant announced Tuesday that Amazon Scout, a “fully-electric delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers using autonomous delivery devices,” will start delivering packages in Atlanta. The robots are about the size of a cooler, and are designed to navigate around pets, people and other objects as it makes its delivery.

ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:

Atlanta Community Kitchen Project Cooks Up Solutions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (GPB) The coronavirus pandemic has amplified already existing issues of food insecurity. Local food banks have been a lifeline for many people who are struggling with unemployment, closed businesses, and financial challenges overall.

Hillel at Georgia College Plans for a New House (AJT)

Hillels of Georgia is expanding its focus to further include smaller universities, with a Hillel house planned at Georgia College & State University. Hillels of Georgia CEO Elliot Karp said that he was contacted by Dr. Karen Berman, who told him that for the last decade she has been the faculty advisor for Hillel at the school.

Georgia Film Academy announces free COVID compliance course (georgiaentertainmentnews) Georgia’s multi-billion-dollar film industry may be one step closer to re-launching with the Georgia Film Academy’s (GFA) first-ever COVID Compliance Course (CCC). Free to film and television production workers, casts, and crew, GFA’s CCC provides an unprecedented virtual training program of safety and sanitation best practices and procedures for anyone who works on a film set in Georgia.

Nurses planted more than 160 pairs of shoes on the Capitol lawn to remember colleagues who’ve died from coronavirus (CNN) Over 160 pairs of white nursing clogs lined the lawn facing the US Capitol on Tuesday in memory of the nurses who've died during the coronavirus crisis. The shoes were set there by members of National Nurses United, the largest union for registered nurses in the US.

Parking lot, remote concerts the new normal for live music-for now (AJC) Everyone from agents to musicians to publicists to venue owners to ticketing sites froze, suddenly in the unprecedented position of having zero control over the future of a steadily humming, multi-billion-dollar industry. (Concert industry trade publication Pollstar estimates about $9 billion will be lost this year.)

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