UPDATE (June 20, 2011): Kirkwood Aces Bar & Grille to reopen as Jak’s All Inn
Kirkwood dive bar goes all-in to reopen as “family friendly” concept
The ante’s high for Kirkwood’s Aces Bar and Grille after seeing a decline in business, according to Zach Pope, manager of the dive bar.
On a trip to the restaurant Thursday, Pope told What Now Atlanta he doesn’t feel the neighborhood is bluffing about wanting more family friendly options.
The dive bar at 1992 Hosea L. Williams Drive will close at the end of May to reopen under a new name and concept in June, according to Pope.
“A lot of families have settled in,” Pope said. “We need to cater toward the neighborhood.”
Transitioning into a “gastro pub,” Pope said the restaurant will offer higher-end food and craft beer.
“Gastro pubs are everywhere,” Pope said. “It’ll be for foodies.”
The bar will undergo an extensive face-lift, he said, which includes painting to “brighten up” the space, making “Eco-friendly” choices like reusable cup-ware instead of Styrofoam and adding a kids menu. The pool table will also be removed to make way for a “dart league.”
“Smoking inside is still up in the air,” Pope said. “We’re just trying to make some money and make people happy.”
What Now Atlanta spoke to Oakhurst resident Andre Price, who said he’s been patronizing Aces for more than four years.
“I’m going to lose a bar,” Price said.
We asked Price if patronizing the re-conceptualized Aces was in the cards.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ll try it a few times.”
Aces Bar and Grille
1992 Hosea L Williams Drive Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30317