Those who mourn the loss of the Graveyard Tavern may be consoled by its replacement. Purchased in February by Pellerin Real Estate (PRE), the developer behind The Beacon Atlanta, the building at 1245 Glenwood Avenue SE will now house a food hall and host a handful of area chefs with varied specialties.
Seed, grasses and feed for livestock were initially sold at the establishment upon its erection in 1927 until 1940. In homage, developer Philippe Pellerin christened it the “Southern Feed Store,” and intends to open its doors this Summer.
For a sneak peek months ahead of its proposed opening date, Atlanta eaters can visit the new Southern Feed Store on Wednesday, January 13 for an open house between noon and 3 p.m.
More intimate than the 30,000 square-foot Krog Street Market or the yawning 100,000 square-foot Ponce City Market Central Food Hall, only five or six food vendors will share the 6,000 square-foot space. All but one of the restauranteurs in question have yet to be announced, but Pellerin told What Now Atlanta that he “expect[s] agreements ranging from 1 to 5 years and hope[s] to work with chefs that can keep their menu fresh and exciting for people coming back.”
One thing is certain: there will definitely be BBQ on the menu, as one of the six stalls can accommodate an outdoor smokehouse.
Buteco, a Brazillian coffee shop and bar owned by Rafa Pereira, will serve strong coffee for the day crowd and stiff drinks by night. Pereira will also be the hall’s manager and a partial owner.
Future patrons can order Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha (kai-pee-REEN-yuh), made with fermented sugarcane juice, muddled lime and sugar—if you’re a fan, Buteco makes take-away kits to mix the drink for your guests at home. For adventurous morning visitors, or those who need a pick-me-up at any time of day, cortados are served alongside a menu of traditional American caffeinated options. The coffee drink is named for the Spanish verb “cortar,” meaning “to cut,” and is consists of espresso and warm, frothed milk that reduces the drink’s acidity.
The Basement, the sister concept to the departed Graveyard Tavern, will remain under the new food hall in memoriam. Upstairs, new memories will be made and, per the new name, new Southerners will be fed.