[Exclusive] Grant Henry Relocates Church Murch Retail Store, Will Sell Building For $1.7 MM

Restauranteur and artist will focus on his popular Sister Louisa's Church bar across the street, spend more time with family in 2020.
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Grant Henry is no longer operating his Church Murch retail store as a standalone operation, the restauranteur and artist behind the ever-popular Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium exclusively shared with What Now Atlanta Tuesday.

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Instead, Church Murch is now part of Sister Louisa’s Church, the critically-acclaimed nighttime hotspot across the street.

The relocation is in anticipation of listing the building that houses the retail store and event space Annex, at 489 Edgewood Avenue, for sale next week.

In doing so, Annex has closed.

“I bought that property with Tim Nichols and Eric Goldstein about four years ago and a lot has changed on Edgewood,” Henry said.

“My ultimate dream was to open up another bar there, upstairs and downstairs, when Tim and Eric’s businesses grew beyond that space upstairs. I have the downstairs storefront space and rear patio and they have the upstairs space as cooperative offices.”

The building is about 3,500 square feet and underwent a complete overhaul when Henry and crew acquired it including new wiring, plumbing, and storefront.

“We have made the decision to sell it so that it could be set free for someone to utilize it for a higher use than we are currently using it for,” Henry said.

“It would be awesome for this area if it sold to someone who could bring some more daytime traffic to add to the already bustling nightlife that has been building over the last 10 years or so.” 

Someone looking to build a bar or restaurant would be the “ultimate buyer.” 

“The potential for a rooftop patio on top of the building is more magnificent than most rooftops on Edgewood.”

While the selling price for the 100-year-old building has not been finalized, it’s looking like the property will be listed at $1.7MM

“I’m probably a fucking idiot for pushing for the sale but I’m 63 years old, I’ve had a remarkably fortunate life that I am humbled and grateful to have, and I was able to scoop the house contiguous to my daughter’s family and grandkids over in Chosewood Park, and my ass is just about done,” Henry said. 

“2020 is going to bring a lot of changes in my world, in a good way!”

Henry wants to travel more, sit by the pool, hang with his family, and play with his puppy, Shoog

“I want to enjoy the fruits of my insanity.”

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  • Restaurateur Has French Roots
    Restaurateur and restaurant were borrowed directly from related French words, and both ultimately derive from the Latin word restaurare (“to restore”). Restaurateur is the older of the two; our earliest evidence dates it to 1793. Restaurant is only slightly newer; it dates to 1806. Of the two words, restaurant is of course significantly more common—a fact that may have influenced the development of the variant spelling restauranteur for restaurateur. Restauranteur first appeared a mere 44 years after restaurateur, but it is considered by many to be an error. It is, however, a standard variant, albeit one that continues to be used less frequently than restaurateur.

  • To be clear,
    Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium…Come on in, Precious
    (it’s a bar!)
    at 466 Edgewood Avenue SE in Atlanta is not closing.
    The bar in Atlanta and the bar in Athens are thriving.

    I’ve gotten 3 calls asking why I was closing Church.
    (Read the entire article Shoogs!)

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