HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:
Reimagined: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Is Back (Atlantan) It is no secret that when it comes to COVID-19 impact, it has hit the restaurant industry and dining community across the nation, harder than most. With that in mind The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival felt a responsibility to not only monetarily help the community but also shed some light and positivity on a situation that has recently been quite bleak.
Escobar Owners Are Opening a Restaurant in the Former Mother Bar on Edgewood (Eater Atlanta) Mother Bar and Kitchen closed in June after eight years on Edgewood Avenue. The bar, which shuttered in late-March due to the pandemic, could not overcome the crippling financial effects caused by the ongoing health crisis. Dillard and Epps announced their latest venture together on Instagram Monday, and it appears the restaurant will be a seafood spot.
Southern-Style Seafood Restaurant Sweet Auburn Seafood Closes at the End of August (Eater Atlanta) Sweet Auburn Seafood restaurant is closing at the end of August in the historic Sweet Auburn district. According to WSB-TV, the Southern-style seafood restaurant and lounge on Auburn Avenue officially closes August 31 due to financial strain caused by the ongoing health crisis and recent “violence in the area.”
‘Ghost kitchens’ growing in Atlanta as pandemic alters restaurant business model (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Ghost kitchens (also known as dark kitchens and virtual kitchens) trim the costs of real estate, labor and menu innovation by condensing the restaurant model to accommodate off-premise food sales without a traditional dine-in space. Instead of seating guests indoors, deliveries made by the restaurant or by a third-party service are the mainstay.
The Varsity car hop hangs it up after serving Atlanta food for 63 years (WSBTV) He’s been helping serve Atlanta a classic burger or hot dog and a Coca-Cola since the 1950s. Now, he’s decided to retire and hopefully enjoy someone else serve him a meal. The Varsity says its longtime car hop, Louis Frank Jones, is hanging up his uniform after 63 years. Known as Car Hop #1, Jones is retiring at the age of 89. He first started working at the quintessential Atlanta restaurant in 1957.
How Hollywood is trying to avoid the virus as it restarts filming. (The New York Times) Hollywood has been unable to restart production on its own soundstages in California. So big movie studios, under pressure to get their production assembly lines running again, have focused on overseas shooting. The “Avatar” sequels are filming again in New Zealand. Sony Pictures has “Uncharted,” its adaptation of a popular video game, going in Berlin, report Nicole Sperling and Brooks Barnes.
Atlanta Braves parent company eyes possible sale of some of the Battery (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Liberty Media, Braves Development Co. could liquidate some investments at the Battery, depending on valuation and new trends in Atlanta's real estate market.
‘We are the guinea pigs’: Hollywood restarts its Blockbuster machine (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Hollywood has been unable to restart production on its own soundstages in California because of surging infections in the state, plodding negotiations with unions over protocols and the time it takes to get test results. So big movie studios, under pressure to get their production assembly lines running again, have focused on overseas shooting.
ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:
9/11 Light Tribute to Take Different Shape (The New York Times) The two ghostly columns of light rise each Sept. 11 from the area near ground zero, reaching upward and replicating the shape of the Twin Towers that were destroyed by the Qaeda attacks of 2001. Called the Tribute in Light, the installation has become one of the signature elements of the annual commemorations at the former World Trade Center site, visible for a radius of up to 60 miles and extending four miles into the sky.
North Georgia State Fair canceled for the first time since WWII (Atlanta Business Chronicle) A metro Atlanta event that drew nearly 350,000 attendees last year has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The North Georgia State Fair will not be held in 2020, according to a statement posted Aug. 11 on the group's Facebook page. The fair's location in a Cobb County park is being used for Covid-19 testing through the end of the year.
Some AMC theaters reopening in August with 15-cent tickets (WSBTV) AMC Theatres, the nation's largest movie theater chain, will reopen this month with throwback ticket prices of 15 cents. AMC will open 100 theaters, about one-sixth of its U.S. locations, Aug. 20 with the one-day special ticket pricing promotion "Movies in 2020 at 1920 Prices."
BeltLine Lantern Parade to still go on this year-just in a different format (WSBTV) Organizers of the annual Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade say the parade will still go on this year – just in a different form. This year’s Lantern Parade-in-Place will run from Sept. 21-26. “For the first time, the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade will take place throughout a multitude of Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods. Everyone is invited to participate by parading-in-place at your own home and enjoy the spirit of the lantern parade online (or from the front of your home, if you’re lucky),” states the parade’s website.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present seven-concert virtual fall season (ArtsATL) The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present an abbreviated fall season featuring seven concerts from Symphony Hall without live audiences. The performances will be broadcast virtually to subscribers instead. The concerts will feature smaller orchestral ensembles, music director Robert Spano and principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles, along with guest conductors and artists. The symphony will not perform its traditional holiday shows, Christmas With the ASO and Handel’s Messiah. The ASO Chorus, which marks its 50th year this season, will not perform this fall since group singing is now a high-risk activity because of Covid-19. The original schedule called for a 50th-anniversary celebration on October 15.