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Brewhouse Cafe, a Little Five Points mainstay since 1997, has been acquired by one of the sports bar’s longtime patrons.
Saakib Zafrani, a regular at Brewhouse Cafe for nearly a decade, has plans to “modernize” the neighborhood pub without “shaking things up too much.”
“I’ve been a customer for nearly a decade, took my wife on our first date there, and have made almost all of my best and lasting friendships there,” Zafrani in an email Thursday told What Now Atlanta.
“It’s always been a true neighborhood pub. The regulars that have been going there are truly like a family. They are there for each other to celebrate triumphs and successes and also to lift each other up in times of loss and mourning.”
Zafrani has already started tweaking some elements of Brewhouse Cafe like the addition of new menu items including tacos, queso fundido, and a “banging” new brunch menu.
There are also plans to “upgrade the technology inside,” enhancements that are well underway with the addition of new televisions and an updated sound system.
Next on the list is to increase connectivity for customers with high-speed WiFi and charging ports, among other things.
“I plan to keep the inside more or less the same, so as not to ruin that atmosphere that’s carefully aged like a fine scotch whiskey over the past 20 years,” Zafrani said.
“We’re constantly evaluating feedback from our customers and will continue to improve the experience.”
The outdoor patio areas will eventually undergo a “modernization.”
New televisions, a pergola, and furniture have already been added to the outdoor spaces and “we’ve got some ideas that we’re playing around with, but nothing that’s ready yet to share, so stay tuned.”
Brewhouse Cafe was owned by wife-and-husband team Denise and Michael Gerard before changing hands.
“They’ve been so kind and influential for me and my life,” Zafrani said.
“I love them like family.”