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Tennessee-based Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria at the end of the week will debut its second Atlanta pizzeria, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution Tuesday first reported.
Situated in the Adair Park neighborhood, at 581 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, the new Slim & Husky’s will grand open on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19, the company Monday announced on its Facebook page.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and is “symbolic for the community,” Derrick Moore, a co-owner of Slim & Husky’s, told What Now Atlanta in a telephone interview Tuesday.
“Juneteenth is a special day that needs to be highlighted a lot more than it has been,” Moore said.
“Opening our restaurants on June 19 started in 2018 with our Antioch, Tennessee location, and we plan on keeping the tradition going with future stores.”
Although the restaurant’s opening plans originally came with a block party event, Friday’s debut will be more low-key.
“Our first responsibility is to make sure everybody is safe, so we don’t want to do anything crazy big right now,” Moore said.
“And with the current political climate we want to focus on the opening and Juneteenth, but we don’t want to take away from the momentum of the protests.”
The Metropolitan Parkway restaurant features a “powerful panoramic art tribute to the 1988 film School Daze,” a snapshot of which is shown below.
“[Spike Lee] has always been transparent with the world about the struggles and triumphs of the African-American community,” the restaurant wrote in a Facebook post.
“This inspiring scene involving actors Laurence Fishburne and Samuel L. Jackson was filmed years ago right around the corner from our new location in the Historic West End. Our intent as always is to educate and empower the communities we serve.”
Slim & Husky’s entered the Atlanta market with a location in West Midtown, at 1016 Howell Mill Road, in May 2019.
Additional Atlanta-area locations could be in the works in as early as 2021 in Decatur and Lawrenceville, according to Moore.
The company in August will open an outpost in Sacramento, CA, and in Nashville alongside the National Museum of African American Music in March 2021.