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In addition to our normal news coverage, What Now Atlanta is tracking ways Atlanta’s businesses are adapting to the novel coronavirus and the challenges it brings to brick-and-mortars.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last week announced by Executive Order that restaurants could start reopening dining rooms Monday, April 27, so as long as 39 new safety guidelines are met, designed to combat the spread of COVID-19.
It’s the first time restaurants are welcoming guests back inside after shifting to takeout and delivery only since at least April 3 when the state’s “shelter-in-place” order went into effect (which is still active through April 30.)
While a coalition of Atlanta’s leading restaurant operators have announced it was too soon to reopen dining rooms, there’s a growing list of eateries coming back online this week or planning on doing so as early as May 1.
Stay tuned to What Now Atlanta as we update this list regularly, presented in alphabetical order:
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
C&S Seafood and Oysters, 3240 Cobb Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
Chronic Tacos, 970 North Point Dr St. 160, Alpharetta, GA 30022
As part of its reopening in Alpharetta, the restaurant is offering a dine-in special—two free kids bean-and-cheese burrito combos with a purchase of $20 or more.
Hugo’s Oyster Bar, 10360 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075
By reservation only.
All outposts of Jason’s Deli are reopening with the exception of its salad bar which, under the state’s guidelines for reopening, buffets are prohibited.
Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub, 15 Atlanta St SE, Marietta, GA 30060
The Marietta bar and restaurant will reopen on April 27 with limited indoor seating while adding a permanent to-go menu to its business model.
Moe’s Original BBQ, 349 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
The Alabama-based barbecue chain’s 14th street location will reopen for in-person dining on April 27.
Roaster’s, 2770 Lenox Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324 & 6225 Roswell Rd Atlanta, GA 30328
Roaster’s is reopening in both Buckhead and Sandy Springs for limited dine-in service.
Rocky Mountain Pizza, 1005 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
The midtown pizzeria created an event page on Facebook for the reopening.
Various locations of the all-day breakfast diner have already started serving customers.
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020
The Original Hotdog Factory, 75 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 & 1529 Spring Rd SE Unit E Smyrna, GA 30080
Originally planning on a Monday debut, Owner Dennis McKinney is pushing the opening of both locations of the restaurant, in Smyrna and Downtown, to Friday.
Bishoku, 5920 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Bishoku in Sandy Springs will open its dining room by reservation only.
TOYING WITH FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020
Buckhead Life Group—Atlanta Fish Market, Kyma, Buckhead Diner, Bistro Niko, Chops Lobster Bar, Corner Cafe, and Pricci—could open mid-week or by Friday. At a minimum, the restaurants are looking at reopening for curbside takeout no later than Thursday, April 30.
If you’re a restauranteur planning to reopen for dine-in service as early as Monday or in the near future, or if you’re an Atlantan that knows of a planned reopening, please email us!
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]