Iconic Poncey-Highland Watering Hole Manuel’s Tavern Gets ‘Historic Places’ Designation

U.S. National Park Service added the longstanding establishment to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29.

Iconic Poncey-Highland watering hole Manuel’s Tavern on Friday, May 29, was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. National Park Service.

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Atlanta Preservation Center announced the designation in a Facebook post on Monday.

“Established in 1956 by Manuel Maloof, this popular Poncey-Highland neighborhood restaurant and bar is ‘associated with the undercurrent of Atlanta’s political and social realm,'” the organization wrote on the social media site.

“Manuel’s Tavern has long been recognized as a space welcoming to all, regardless of race, sex, or social status.”

Ahead of its 60th anniversary in 2016 Manuel’s underwent a minor renovation, and in 2019 Manuel Maloof’s grandson and namesake opened sister concept Manny’s Grant Park.

“Wow,” Manuel’s Tavern wrote in a Facebook post sharing Atlanta Preservation Center’s announcement Monday.

“We are so proud of this. In the middle of everything going on, we’ve received this really cool honor.”

The Tavern’s circa-1922 commercial building boasts an interior with “historic features” including “plaster walls with wooden wainscoting, terrazzo floors, and beadboard ceiling.”

The National Register of Historic Places, created as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, is the official list of “historic places” that are “worthy of preservation” in the United States.

As of 2019, there were more than 95,000 properties listed in the National Register.

In Atlanta, Manuel’s joins the likes of the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Biltmore Hotel, and the Oakland Cemetery on the list.

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

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