Category: Food & Drink

Lidl grocery store to open in Brookhaven July 8

Brookhaven will have a new grocery store this week. Lidl, a German international food market, will open 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 8 at 2480 Briarcliff Road NE after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The regular store hours will be 8 a.m.-9 p.m. everyday, according to a press release about the new location. The Brookhaven location is the fourth store in the Atlanta area and the eight in Georgia. Lidl stores are in 32 countries across the world. “We are very excited to have this new grocery store to serve this community with the high quality and low prices which people around...

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Atlanta mayor reissues COVID-19 orders on water service, parking regulations and occupation tax

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has reissued three administrative orders to assist residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic until Aug. 30. The first order directs the Department of Watershed Management to refrain from taking any action that would result in the termination of water services to any customer due to non-payment, The second order directs all parking enforcement officers to refrain from taking any action to enforce parking regulations that would result in the towing or immobilization of vehicles in restricted areas of the city’s right of way. The third order directs the chief financial officer to refrain...

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Food That Rocks celebrates Sandy Springs restaurants as pandemic support event

“Food that Rocks” will celebrate restaurants in Sandy Springs a bit differently this year because of COVID-19, asking residents to dine out at their favorite neighborhood spots and vote for favorite dishes. For four years, Food That Rocks was an in-person event in one place, but instead the organizers plan a week-long event during a “Salute to Sandy Springs” promotion July 4-10. Restaurant patrons who participate have a chance to win prizes and gift cards. The restaurants and food shops retain 100% of the revenue from the week-long event, which is designed to support local restaurants, their chefs and...

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Painted picnic tables project to encourage outdoor dining in Dunwoody

Dunwoody’s Economic Development Department hopes to encourage outdoor dining at local restaurants in the pandemic distancing period with a painted picnic table project. To promote outdoor dining, the city is asking community groups to paint picnic tables donated by Home Depot and will give them to local restaurants that need the extra seating. “We see this as a creative way to engage the community and support local businesses,” said Economic Development Director Michael Starling in a press release. “We hope the painted picnic tables will help more restaurants and customers embrace outdoor dining.” Home Depot donated 24 picnic tables...

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Pandemic Roundup: Bars and clubs can reopen; Atlanta mayor urges testing after protests

News updates about the coronavirus pandemic: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and local health officials are concerned that the ongoing protests over the killing of George Floyd could cause a spike in COVID-19 cases. Thousands of people have converged on the city for the past four days in circumstances making social distancing impossible. “If you’re out there protesting, then you need to go get a COVID-19 test this week,” Bottoms said during a weekend press conference. “There’s still a pandemic in America killing black and brown people at a higher rate.” As of 1 p.m. on June 1, there...

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Restaurants seek elbow room in the pandemic’s distanced dining

From picnic tables in parking lots to dining on strips of shopping center landscaping, restaurants returning after pandemic shutdowns are looking for room to spread out for social distancing. And no one knows how long that will last. Or how long it can last. Can restaurants survive with the lower capacity as they spread tables apart until the pandemic is contained or a vaccine is found? How long will neighbors and city inspectors have patience for seating snatched from parking spaces and sidewalks? Experts and local restaurateurs say the pandemic could push the industry to a trend of building...

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Photos: Memorial Day weekend becomes unofficial pandemic reopening, with and without distancing

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, also served as an unofficial reopening of businesses and activities amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With warmer weather and safety restrictions slightly loosened by Gov. Brian Kemp, many people flocked to parks and restaurants, though some facilities, especially in Atlanta, remained closed. At local spots, social distancing and mask-wearing ranged from strict to nonexistent. Some business owners said the weekend provided an uptick, but still nothing near pre-pandemic times. Photos by Phil Mosier. Tubers ride the Chattahoochee River at the National Recreation Area’s Powers Island area in Sandy Springs on May...

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Gov. Kemp extends public health emergency, but bars, nightclubs, summer school can open

Gov. Brian Kemp announced May 28 that, while he was renewing Georgia’s public health state of emergency for a third time to July 12, he would allow bars and nightclubs to reopen, summer school to convene, and restrictions on social gatherings to loosen. Kemp cited “encouraging data” on COVID-19 cases prompted his decision to allow social gatherings of 25 people beginning June 1 if they follow social distancing guidelines. The governor said the decision would, hopefully, allow for small weddings and some sporting events to be held. Also on June 1, bars and nightclubs can reopen if they follow...

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Atlanta mayor extends water bill, parking ticket and beer/wine sales orders through June 30

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has reissued three administrative orders to assist Atlanta residents and businesses with water bills, car-towing and beer and wine sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. The orders will remain in place through June 30. Administrative Order 2020-12 directs the Department of Watershed Management to refrain from taking any action which would result in the termination of water services to any DWM customer due to non-payment. Administrative Order 2020-13 directs all parking enforcement officers to refrain from taking any action to enforce parking regulations which would result in the towing or immobilization of vehicles in restricted areas...

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Brookhaven restaurants expand outdoor seating for pandemic distancing, but none yet use new permit

Brookhaven offered restaurants a free permit to install tents in parking spaces to seat patrons outside as pandemic distancing, but some local spots seem to have their own plans. No restaurant had applied for the temporary outdoor restaurant operations permit, intended to serve as a catalyst for economic activity for Brookhaven, as of May 11, said Mayor John Ernst. The permit was created by Ernst in an April 27 executive order. But several restaurants are moving patrons outside in their own ways. Verde Taqueria did not set up tents, but instead chose to place three picnic tables spaced far...

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Dunwoody allows businesses more room to meet social distancing guidelines

The Dunwoody City Council has made it easier for businesses to expand their spaces to meet social distancing guidelines, allowing for more outdoor seating at restaurants and interior remodeling in Dunwoody Village despite an ongoing development moratorium that will be extended into December. The votes came in a May 11 meeting where the council also heard the first hard number about tax revenue impacts and discussed the reopening of city parks facilities. The temporary outdoor dining permit will be available to restaurants with no application fee and will be good through Dec. 31. They will allow restaurants to move...

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Gov. Kemp: Venues, bars to stay closed through May 31; summer day camps OK

Live music venues, bars and nightclubs must remain closed through May 31, Gov. Brian Kemp announced, but summer day camps have been given a green light to reopen if they follow health and safety regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Kemp said during a May 12 press conference at the State Capitol that keeping performance venues, bars and nightclubs closed  “a little bit longer will help enhance health outcomes.” On the other hand, Kemp issued a new executive order that allows summer day camps to reopen May 14. Overnight summer camps are still banned for now. Restaurants, which...

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