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Rap group Nappy Roots is planning on opening Atlantucky Brewing next year in Castleberry Hill, the Atlanta Business Chronicle (ABC) Friday first reported (paywall). Ben Hautt of Stream Realty, the firm that represented Landlord H. J. Russell & Co. in the transaction, confirmed the news in an email to What Now Atlanta (WNA).
Atlantucky Brewing will replace performance and event venue The Loft in the Intown Lofts Apartments building, at 170 Northside Drive SW, near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Hautt said. The 6,000-square-foot space became available earlier this year when The Loft permanently closed its doors amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
H. J. Russell & Co. owns several buildings in the Castleberry Hill area including the recently-renovated 131 Walker Street commercial building nearby. Black Coffee, a new Black-owned coffee house, is one of the first-known tenants for the property.
“This is a very historic community,” Nappy Roots member Melvin Adams Jr. — who goes by “Fish Scales” (pictured above) — told the ABC. “We have an opportunity to add to it.” Fish Scales on Friday did not immediately respond to WNA’s request for comment when reached by email.
Atlantucky Brewing is aiming for an early-2021 debut. Post renovations, the microbrewery will feature several bars and space for private events and perhaps its most prominent fixture — the Nappy Roots members themselves, sitting at the ready to grab a cold one with Atlantans and tourists alike.