Ladybird to Add Live Music, Indoor Fireplace, and Additional Bars & Seating

A permit application indicates the eatery on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue will increase its footprint by expanding into adjacent spaces.
Ladybird to Add Live Music, Indoor Fireplace, and Additional Bars & Seating
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Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, home to the three-day weekend and a project of Michael Lennox’s Electric Hospitality, has submitted a permit application for renovations to increase the restaurant’s footprint at its existing location. The permit indicates Ladybird will take over two un-occupied adjacent units, which will be utilized for “dining, storage, & restroom areas.” The cost of construction is estimated at $550,000.

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Located along the historic Old Fourth Ward and the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is Atlanta’s “in-town home-away-from-home for adventure seekers” and has become known for its substantial patio and elevated campfire cuisine. The coming alterations will bring the eatery’s experience to the next level.

Over a text message with What Now Atlanta, Lennox shared the scope and goals of the project.

The renovations will expand and enhance Ladybird’s interior infrastructure by increasing the eatery’s number of bars and restrooms. The addition of cozy seating and a large indoor wood-burning fireplace will bring more warmth and comfort to the space, and the extra room will allow the brand accommodate more live music programming, both indoors and out.

“[This] will make us the first place that I’m aware of who will have an ongoing live music program on the BeltLine,” Lennox added.

Independent of the renovations, Lennox shares he is launching a new outdoor music program in the Grove beginning this March.

Electric Hospitality is the restaurant group behind an array of Atlanta-area projects, most notably Muchacho and Golden Eagle, the now-shuttered diners club and cocktail bar.

What Now Atlanta recently reported on the group’s plans to bring a Ladybird sibling concept and “next door neighbor” to the BeltLine called Seabird Oyster Bar, which will seat 45 inside and 30 on the patio. Other forthcoming projects from Electric Hospitality include Hello Submarine and Electric Events.

Not to worry, Lennox says Ladybird will remain open and fully operational during the renovations; parts of the restaurant will simply be partitioned off while the alterations are completed.

Lennox expects the renovations to take about three months once construction begins, the timeline for which depends on the city approving the permit. The goal is to have the work finished and ready for the public by July 4th.

You can learn more about the brand by finding Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall online.

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Eve Payne

Eve Payne is a freelance writer with an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. In 2019, she received the Leonard Brown Prize for her poetry, which has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, Nashville Review, and RHINO.

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