EAT YOUR ART OUT
AT THESE ATL EATERIES, FOOD AND DRINK ARE SERVED WITH A SIDE OF ART
1. Torched Hop Brewing Company (above)
The former Old Spaghetti Factory sat vacant for six years before co-owners and brothers Stephen and Chris Bivins transformed it into a shiny, art-filled brewery. Hop sculptures hang from the original tin ceilings, and original millwork frames the space. Check out the piece they created—a giant string-art map of Georgia that reads “Good Vibes”—while you sip their Hops-De-Leon IPA or munch on a mound of Wu-Fries.
249 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E.
The interiors of Bacchanalia’s new Westside location are sexy and chic, with textile designs sectioning off seating areas. Be sure to take a closer look at them, though, because they’re also individual pieces of art created by Sonya Yong James with intricately woven yarn and sustainable rope fiber. Although they’re decidedly functional, your eyes will enjoy the visual feast.
1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. N.W.
3. Better Half
Chef/owner Zach Meloy said his wall-to-wall mural goes along with his restaurant’s theme. It depicts “goofy, seemingly pointless robots and machines, inspired by the cooking process,” Meloy says. “It’s definitely a conversation starter, with a chicken riding a snake, and a robot with a speech bubble that’s filled with a citrus fruit.” Act fast to see this version, because it might, like Meloy’s ever-changing menu, not last long. “I’m kind of addicted to constant change,” he says.
349 14th St. N.W., C-100
At this Inman Quarter hot spot, artist Brandon Sadler’s succubus mural serves as a dramatic backdrop for the dining area’s sleek, grill-top tables. The wall is straight out of Korean folklore, depicting Kumiho, a nine-tailed fox, freely transforming into a beautiful, enticing woman who eats the hearts of those she seduces.
299 N. Highland Ave. N.E.
When Staplehouse shutters at the end of the workday, a garage door rolls down over the restaurant’s facade. There, framed in concrete and ivy, appears an image of John Candy’s “National Lampoon’s Vacation” character, his right hand raised in a stop-right-there position. Hand lettering by artist and sign maker William Mitchell reads, “Sorry folks, park’s closed. The moose out front shoulda told ya.”
541 Edgewood Ave. N.E.