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Grant Henry, the entrepreneur and artist behind Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium (Church), late-Thursday finalized a deal to acquire the neighboring Corner Tavern, at 464 Edgewood Ave SE, from Owner Mike Rabb.
Henry is going to expand Church into the former restaurant space, nearly tripling the popular bar’s total footprint from 2,500 square feet to 6,700 square feet, going from one bar to three, and from three bathrooms to six.
Rabb Friday notified staff of the deal including that Corner Tavern would not be reopening, and Henry is, in turn, offering jobs to those very same employees.
Demolition is expected to begin Saturday, May 2 at 8 a.m. to combine the two spaces, and reopening on the expanded bar is slated for June 1, 2020.
“The Rabbs came to me asking of my interest in expanding, I thought for my goals in life of simplifying could be met by expanding our limited space that we occupied on just the corner,” Henry told What Now Atlanta.
“So I was selling my tractor and my RTV, and the numbers matched, so one week later to the day from the beginning of our conversation, little CHURCH Atlanta is now going to reopen as MEGA CHURCH Atlanta. Who’da thunk?”
In addition to expanding the bar, Henry is going to utilize the kitchen in Corner Tavern to add food to Church’s offerings.
While the menu is still being crafted, Henry said to expect “Victory meets Eats meets Elliott Street Pub,” and to “think Grindhouse, think tacos.”
The format will be “more casual” including ordering from a counter and “throwing your own trash away like at a church supper.”
Since Henry is on The Ketogenic Diet, there will be a daily Keto option and on Sunday, parishioners can imbibe in the weekly “Church Casserole.”
While the “original” Church area will continue to operate without televisions, Henry is keeping six “huge TVs for the new space to show sports, election shit, or gay porn. Whenever we choose!”
Cosmetically, Henry and the team are removing the exterior awnings and replacing the “Corner Tavern” signage with Church’s slogan, “CoMe On In PreCiOuS!”
The entire building could also be painted white to look like a Southern Baptist Church, complete with a steeple, leaving the Stacey Abrams, Puddles, and Kaepernick art intact.
“Whatever I do, it’s still going to be ignorant and DIY.”