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Restauranteur Kraig Torres is reopening Hop City sister eateries Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar, and Boxcar after closing both locations for the past month as ordered by the state in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
But the restaurants won’t be opening its dining rooms, as allowed starting Monday, April 27.
Instead, Barleygarden Kitchen and Boxcar will offer what Torres is coining as ‘dine out’ services beginning Friday, May 1.
Under the “dine-out” mode, customers are welcome to enjoy meals on the restaurants’ outdoor patios and open container areas surrounding the locations “while keeping a respectful distance from others.”
“While we agree with Gov. Kemp’s sentiments about getting Georgia open for business, the safety of our team and guests remains our paramount concern,” Torres said in a prepared statement Friday.
“We will enforce a minimum six-foot distance between our team and guests while following intensive internal sanitation and health-monitoring protocol including temperature testing, gloves, masks, and frequent cleaning.”
Barleygarden Kitchen will be serving a limited to-go menu featuring “signature classics” such as their Butcher’s Bun Sandwich and Cheesesteak in addition to their rotating draft beer choices, cocktails, and wine by the glass.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and all orders can be placed online, by phone (678-266-6218), or at the to-go window.
Boxcar will be serving a limited to-go menu including its Vagabond Sandwich and Chicken Sandwich along with various cocktails, draft beer, and wine options.
The restaurant will be open Sunday through Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In addition, the Boxcar team will continue to host its Pop-Up Butcher Shop and Produce Stand’ every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All orders can be placed online, by phone (470-788-8171), at the to-go window or at the Hop City bar below the restaurant.
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.]