Local Motives To Open in Former BLT Steak Space at W Atlanta—Downtown

Café, bar, and restaurant is inspired by The Atlanta Beltline.

Local Motives, a new casual restaurant inspired by The Atlanta Beltline, in late-February will open in the W Atlanta—Downtown, according to a press release Tuesday.

Local Motives replaces The W Kitchen, a temporary replacement for the W’s original in-house restaurant BLT Steak.

“Atlanta’s personality is so colorful and collaborative and we are thrilled to bring that sense of vibrancy to W with Local Motives,” Christopher Cannon, the hotel’s general manager, said in the release.

“To realize our vision, we collaborated with the best in the business, including hospitality and design experts Puccini Group; influential local artist Eric Randall; and a team of other craftsmen, all from the local area.”

Local artist and Georgia native Eric Randall collaborated with Puccini Group’s designers to paint large-scale graphics, including the 69’3” x 9’6” mural which spans six walls.

“Atlanta is a culture-rich city and we sought to immerse guests in its history, art, music, style, and cuisine,” Rob Polacek, chief creative officer and Partner at Puccini Group, said in the release.

“The Beltline’s newfound symbolism for revitalization was a perfect backdrop for us to narrate the history of W Atlanta—Downtown through design.”

Local Motives will feature a café, bar, dining area, and a private dining room with an entrance inspired by Marta train doors.

Each area is crafted with stone and concrete, which is then juxtaposed with pink pastels and vibrant blue hues.

On the menu will be entrees including Geechie Boy Red Grits and Cheddar breakfast bowl, Beet Tartare, Charred Octopus, meats from nearby Pine Street Market, and local ingredients from Pure Bliss Organics.

The café will serve Docent Coffee, quinoa bowls, fruit cups, veggie wraps, and other grab-and-go options.

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Rendering: Puccini Group

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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