After plans for an Atlanta location along the Eastside Beltline were revealed last June, the giant BrewDog is set to open in the UK later this summer.
Located in the Stove Works complex across from Krog Street Market, it features a sprawling beer pot with 28 taps serving local ales and beer brewed on site, a full kitchen serving standard pub fare, a beer school, indoor fire pits, and large outdoor seating.
Founded in Fraserburg, Scotland, in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickey, BrewDog has been embroiled in a number of controversies over the years, including Hundreds of former employees Watt and Dickey were accused in 2021 of promoting a “culture of fear” and harassment, misrepresenting achievements on social media, and claiming the company is green while not doing business accordingly.
In 2017, the multi-million dollar company threatened legal action against a family-owned pub to prevent it from using the name Lone Wolf, a spirit dribbled by the namesake BrewDog. Last March, a former website in Indianapolis was accused of discrimination after the mass shooting of women and LGBT employees.
Most recently, the company was accused of violating US distribution laws between 2016 and 2017 when BrewDog allegedly shipped beer to its US locations with ingredients not approved by state alcohol regulators.
Hoping to quell some of the anger surrounding the company, BrewDog has just announced a new profit-sharing initiative for employees across the board, with Watt apparently also planning to donate an additional five percent of business to salaried employees.
BrewDog includes beer pubs, breweries and hotels across the UK, Germany, Australia and the US in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. [Official]
Howdy ATL Café & Café has opened in Grant Park
Howdy ATL Biscuit is now open in the former Grant Park Coffeehouse across from Zoo Atlanta on Cherokee Avenue. The café serves biscuits, cookie sandwiches, scones, handmade pies and baked goods, along with soups and salads. [IG]
Spanish Restaurant Fogon and Lions serves wood-fired dishes and opens at Alpharetta
The Spanish-Latin Fogón and Lions, owned by chef Julio Delgado, opens on Roswell Street in downtown Alpharetta. Expect wood-fired dishes rooted in the culinary traditions of Spain, Mexico, South America and native Puerto Rico with wine, rum cocktails and tequila from the bar. Delgado also owns the Minnie Olivia pizzeria next door. [IG]
good morning coffee The popup opens in Ponce City Market in June
Pupuseria stall Buenos Dias Cafe opened in June next to the Five Daughters Bakery cake shop in the central food court of Ponce City Market. Owners Ken and Janet Flores Katz, who also owns takeout operation Window ATL in the Met, first opened Buenos Dias Café in 2012 near Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta. The couple closed the old café in 2020 due to the pandemic, bringing their famous little ones to the window on Murphy Street. The pop-up is expected to be at Ponce City Market for at least six months. [Official]
5 church opens in Buckhead June 3
A second location in Atlanta 5 Church, owned by Ayman Kamel, opened June 3 in the former Sage Woodfire Grill space near Lenox Square Mall. Kamel says he expects “a whole new menu” at Buckhead to include dishes like oysters with champagne foam, sea bass served on black rice, and pork chops served with a side of blue cheese grits. The Buckhead Restaurant, which seats 140 in the dining room, will feature a chef’s table and a glass-enclosed sunroom that seats 75. [Official]