Atlanta Beltline Founder Ryan Gravel To Open ‘Aftercar’ Restaurant

Situated along the Eastside Trail, the 'retro-future-Beltline-social-house' will benefit non-profit Generator.

UPDATE (December 20, 2018): Beltline Founder Releases Details, Rendering For His ‘Aftercar’ Restaurant

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Atlanta Beltline Founder Ryan Gravel has plans to open a restaurant called Aftercar, Eater Atlanta Monday first reported.

Situated on the Eastside trail in the basement-level of the Telephone Factory Lofts, at 828 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Aftercar would open late-spring, early-summer 2019.

The 5,000-square-foot space would sit adjacent Generator, Gravel’s non-profit that launched at the end of 2016 informally in the Poncey-Highland space.

Generator, which will get 60 percent of its funding through Aftercar’s profits, “helps people who have ideas cultivate and develop those ideas,” Gravel in a telephone interview told What Now Atlanta.

That mission is shared between the two concepts.

“There will be some co-mingling of activities” in the two spaces, Gravel said.

“When people break bread together and drink together they bring their passion and interest and expertise.”

Gravel envisions Aftercar as a venue and platform for creating a dialogue about the future of cities.

The “retro-future-Beltline-social-house” would double as an event space for Generator.

“An inherent aspect of our humanity is that people love to come together to discuss ideas over food and drinks,” Gravel writes on the Aftercar website.

“In fact, some of the most powerful social and cultural movements in history have started informally as ideas shared over dinner.”

The restaurant’s menu is still under development but foods grown locally will be at the focus including the possibility of a rooftop garden.

“Together, we hope to cultivate ideas about cities that nobody is asking for, but that just might change the world.”

Click here to read Eater Atlanta’s thoughtful report in its entirety.

Aftercar - Telephone Factory Lofts
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