Midtown’s ‘Establishment’ Announces Renovation and Expansion Plans

Expect a new bar, expanded patio, renovated interiors and refreshed menu in spring 2019.
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Establishment in Colony Square announced plans Wednesday to renovate and expand its current Midtown footprint.

Between now and early-spring 2019, Establishment will temporarily close to undergo the planned overhaul.

An exact timeline has not been set.

“Colony Square’s redevelopment has inspired our team to renew our approach toward the drinking and dining experience at Establishment,” David Reed, owner and partner of Establishment, said in a prepared statement.

“We are thrilled to be part of this iconic transformation and to introduce a new experiential bar and community-driven atmosphere along one of the most vibrant corridors in the Southeast.”

Establishment’s revamp will update the interior as well as the exterior of the eatery, including an expansion of the outdoor patio which will eliminate the existing entryway staircase and increase the footprint of the restaurant by approximately 1,200 square feet.

Establishment’s extended patio will incorporate a new bar that can be accessed through The Grove, Colony Square’s new green space along 14th Street, or through the restaurant.

The outdoor bar will be called Tight Squeeze at Establishment to pay homage to the history of the surrounding area which was once a seedy part of town.

After the Civil War ended in 1865, Peachtree Road curved to avoid a deep ravine near what is now 10th Street. When Peachtree Road was straightened, the gully was filled in and merchants had to use extra caution when passing through the bend, noting “it took a mighty tight squeeze to get through with one’s life.”

The interior space of the restaurant will also be enhanced to feature a new look and feel.

In addition to the physical updates, Establishment will introduce a new menu featuring food and beverage recipes that are unique to the neighborhood.

The new cocktail menu will include “eccentric drink styles” inspired by 1990s mixology.

The restaurant is currently experimenting with craft soda high balls, Brazilian high-octane soda, and Japanese pop rocks, just to name a few.

The management team plans to hire a new cocktail director to oversee the execution of the experiential bar.

While Establishment is undergoing its makeover, the staff will attend education and training sessions.

“Since NAP acquired Colony Square in 2015, Establishment has been a great partner and provided great dining experiences for our guests,” Sara Carville, marketing manager for Colony Square, said in the release.

“This year, we will introduce new events to the community in The Grove and Establishment’s expanded outdoor patio and bar will provide a perfect place for revelers to soak in the vibrant happenings as well as convenient access to craft cocktails and bites.”

Establishment Midtown - Colony Square
Photo: Chuckyfoto

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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