Old World Watering Hole
Hampton & Hudson brings a nouveau pub experience to Inman Park.
Hampton & Hudson is the newest restaurant addition to Inman Quarter, one of Atlanta’s fastest growing mixed-use developments.
It’s the first solo effort for owner Billy Streck, who also has a hand in Midtown hangouts Cypress Street Pint & Plate and GRAIN. He and his wife, Jenn, created the space to resemble the character of the bars and restaurants from New York City’s East Village.
“While we did not move into a historic building, we did move into an historic part of Atlanta, which is very important to us. We wanted to bring a little bit of that same feeling to Hampton & Hudson,” says Jenn. “I’m fascinated by the early 1900s time period, and love finding small details that are similar and work for us at a neighborhood bar. We used 1800s barn wood and raw elements like steel to portray that time period and give it a cozy atmosphere, have every room feel a little different and have it be welcoming to everyone.”
Grand floor-to-ceiling windows welcome guests into the 3,500-square-foot restaurant. The cozy interior is a nod to the past, with tufted-leather booths, rustic wood paneling, an open kitchen and a garage-style door that opens to a covered patio are reminiscent of one of the couple’s favorite places to travel—New York City.
The menu offers elevated pub fare with an emphasis on sharing to give patrons the same cozy feeling that comes with entertaining friends at home. In coming up with the cuisine, chef Jason Hall found inspiration in menus from places he’s previously worked, including Saltyard in South Buckhead and Livingston Restaurant and Bar in Midtown, where shared plates are common offerings. Starters run the gamut, from steak tartare tacos to Hampton hot chicken biscuit sliders. Not up for sharing? Don’t be shy. Try the “best veggie sandwich,” smeared with baba ghanoush, smoked pepper and herbs and piled between slices of housemade focaccia, or the half rotisserie chicken, cooked for 24 hours.
The restaurant’s centerpiece is an Old World-style bar illuminated by custom overhead lighting by Atlanta designer Tobin Hagler. Sidle up and order one of the more than 20 draft beers available.
STORY: Alexa Lampasona
Photo: Tomas Espinoza