HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE:
The Ugly (and Glorious) Truth About American Supermarkets (New York Times) In his new book, “The Secret Life of Groceries,” Benjamin Lorr argues that the kale chips and shade-grown coffee sold at supermarkets define who we are. You’ll have to excuse Mr. Lorr, 41, if he feels an equal sense of awe and dread about the American supermarket.
The Pandemic Shifts Priorities for Community Supported Brewery Elsewhere Brewing in Grant Park (Eater Atlanta) When Elsewhere Brewing opens next month at the Beacon in Grant Park, owners Sam and Sara Kazmer hope the brewery and taproom do more for the community than simply serve beer. After traveling throughout Europe and hanging around in Belgian cafes, Bavarian beer gardens, and English pubs, the couple wanted to provide a space in Atlanta for people to linger and engage with one another over food and their shared love of beer.
Atlanta’s Giving Kitchen Has Officially Sold Staplehouse (What Now Atlanta) Giving Kitchen selling Atlanta hotspot Staplehouse marks a massive change to the local restaurant scene. In fact, the award-winning Staplehouse, located at 541 Edgewood Ave. in the Old Fourth Ward, is evolving from the restaurant scene entirely. Currently, the Staplehouse website lists only one message: that they are closed as they adapt to their new function, a neighborhood market.
Ex-Red Pepper Taqueria owner opening new restaurant in former Watershed Space (Atlanta Business Chronicle) The former owner of a celebrated Atlanta taqueria has plans for a new Mexican restaurant in the space that previously housed Watershed on Peachtree. Mimmo Alboumeh, who left Red Pepper Taqueria in May, will open Botica by Chef Mimmo this November, according to a news release. Botica's menu intends to reflect Alboumeh's multicultural background.
Restaurants & Hospitality: Ponce City Market undergoing evolution five years after opening (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Restaurants & Hospitality: Ponce City Market undergoing evolution five years after opening. Five years after its much anticipated debut, Ponce City Market seems to be entering into a second stage of life. Significant changes are happening at the adaptive-reuse development.
Beyond TikTok, Walmart looks to transform (New York Times) Walmart’s planned investment in TikTok is being called “transformative.” Another analyst predicted the deal could “redefine retail” across the industry. “It is a bigger-picture opportunity,” said Oliver Chen, a retail analyst at Cowen.
As Concerns Over Climate Change Rise, More Developers Turn to Wood (New York Times) With environmental benefits and lower labor costs, mass timber has grown into a market that could rival steel and concrete in the construction industry.
Facebook oversight board to start operating in October (11Alive) Facebook's long-awaited oversight board that will act as a referee on whether specific content is allowed on the tech giant's platforms is set to launch in October. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said two years ago that he was setting up the quasi-independent board, following intense criticism that the company wasn't moving fast enough to remove misinformation, hate speech and malign influence campaigns.
Tyler Perry lauds importance of diversity at his studio in Emmy speech (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Tyler Perry's speech about diversity, and his expectation-defying life, headlined a banner day for Georgia filmmaking during the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards.
ARTS / LIFESTYLE/GENERAL INTEREST:
Little 5 Points Halloween parade going virtual for 2020 (AJC) The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Atlanta’s most iconic Halloween celebrations to take a break from their usual ghoulish festivities this year. The quirky Little 5 Points Halloween Parade and Festival announced it is putting on a virtual parade on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.
Opa! Atlanta Greek Festival to offer drive-thru food for 3 days (AJC) The annual Atlanta Greek Festival will look different in 2020 due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean the baklava, gyros or spanakopita will go away. Those Greek classics and many more will be available as the festival transitions into a drive-thru fundraiser and cultural event this weekend.
Rapper Future creates wellness meal program for Atlanta senior citizens (11Alive) Future and his family spent some time last weekend giving back to senior citizens impacted by COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, the Grammy award-winning recording artist has been relentless in ensuring that every demographic in need is assisted. Back in March, Future donated masks to healthcare professionals during a dire shortage.
Ginsburg will be the first woman to lie in state at US Capitol (CNN) Late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the US Capitol, according to congressional historians. Additionally, Ginsburg will be only the second Supreme Court Justice to lie in state since President William Howard Taft. Rosa Parks was the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in 2005.