A father-son duo with a connection to the Atlanta University Center (AUC) neighborhood later this year will open The Hill Social in the community famous for its historically black colleges and universities.
Charles S. Hill Jr., a Morehouse College alumnus and Dr. Charles S. Hill Sr., the owner of Decatur’s Hill Eye Clinic, are in permitting for the new restaurant and bar.
The Hill Social, at 140 James P Brawley Drive SW, is slated to open in fall 2019.
“We’re hoping our project will continue to spur development in this corridor,” Hill Jr. in a telephone interview Monday told What Now Atlanta.
Hill, who got his masters from Harvard after graduating Morehouse in 2008, was inspired by two professors—Dr. Abraham Davis, a 1961 Morehouse College graduate and Dr. Christopher K. Bass, a 1992 Clark Atlanta University graduate—to bring economic development to the AUC.
“The AUC doesn’t have the kind of amenities seen at other college campuses around the Atlanta-area. This is our opportunity to give back.”
The Hill Social will occupy nearly 2,500 square feet across two floors including the addition of a deck upstairs.
Its walls will be adorned with artwork featuring key AUC figures and notable civil rights activists.
While the restaurant and bar will feel upscale in its design, the menu will offer college-friendly eats like burgers (with vegan options), wings, salads, and wraps.
A full-service bar will occupy The Hill Social’s second floor and will be accessible to guests 21 and older.
Daiquiris, margaritas, and other “fun” cocktails will be at the beverage program’s focus, in addition to beer and wine.
The Hill Social will be the second AUC business for the Hill Family.
The Hill Family for years have been purchasing and renovating dilapidated houses in the neighborhood and renting rooms to college students through their business Rooms Around Campus.
Hill is also an AUC resident.