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Midtown Businesses Opening and Closing

A glance at what's new and what's yesterday's news in the world of Midtown small business.

The new year has arrived and with it an opportunity to take a quick peek at Midtown businesses coming and going. Got a tip on recent business opening or closing in Midtown or on the westside, let us know at midtown@patch.com.

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In 2013, Midtown will add another school as building renovations are currently underway for The Goddard School to open at 1080 Spring Street. The Goddard School has locations throughout the metro area but this will be its first in Midtown. It offers a child care programs for ages six weeks to 6-years-old provided by dedicated teachers in a private preschool setting.

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Not far away, Zipcar is building out a space located at 1157 West Peachtree Street near 14th Street and will soon relocate from its current Atlanta offices at 191 Peachtree Street. Zipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with more than 767,000 members and over 10,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. 

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As first reported by What Now Atlanta, the White Provisions District will be adding the men’s clothing and accessories retailer Jack Spade this year. Read more about it here.

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Looking at the restaurant scene, the anticipated relocation of Café Intermezzo from south Buckhead to Midtown has been pushed back a few weeks from its anticipated January opening. In now looks as if the longtime Atlanta favorite will bring its European flair to the 12th & Midtown development on Feb. 18.

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As reported here in the Fall of 2011, a new restaurant is planned for 900 Monroe Drive in Midtown, as La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant plans to replace the shuttered Silver Grill near Grady High School. A building permit was recently filed with City of Atlanta as the 1,339-square-foot Silver Grill building, which has been used as a restaurant since 1945, will be demolished. It looks as if this long-planned restaurant might come to fruition in 2013.

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The owners of ‘Ten’ officially opened their new Midtown restaurant and bar on Dec. 29, 2012. Located in the former Five Napkin Burger space at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street, the gay-friendly establishment will feature an all-American menu and serve dinner seven nights a week. Weekends will feature a brunch, and each night after 10 p.m., the space will be transformed into its bar layout.

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And with the comings, there’s also the goings with regards to local eateries. Slice Westside, located at 1133 Huff Road, recently shuttered its doors, only a few months after the former Westside Pie had announced it was joining the Slice family of restaurants.

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And as What Now Atlanta first reported, Engine 11 Firehouse Tavern, located at 30 North Avenue in a firehouse orginally constructed in 1906, closed after its New Year’s Eve celebration after failing to renew its lease. Read more about the closing here.

Marc Acampora January 02, 2013 at 02:42 PM
What, exactly, does "gay-friendly" mean? Can anyone cite an example of a restaurant in Midtown that is not "gay-friendly"? Is this a euphemism for "gay-only", with the understanding that straight folks obviously will not be turned away, but that they will really be outsiders. I wonder what the reaction would be to "straight-friendly" or "white-friendly". Midtown is a diverse community that welcomes all groups. I really wish certain groups would stop promoting self-segregation.
Patrick January 02, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I think it probably means a gay owned and operated restaurant with a predomitantly gay clientele where everyone is welcome if they are open-minded and would feel comfortable in such an atmosphere. There are lots of businesses like this in Midtown (as well as all of Atlanta) and I hardly think this classifies as "self segregation". I'd suggest you drop by for dinner or a drink and see what you think. If you feel like an "outsider" then maybe YOU are guilty of "self-segregation".
sw January 02, 2013 at 03:46 PM
OMG don't be so defensive. Don't over analyze every single word in someones writing. I'm sure the author makes minimum wage and you don't pay for patch so what are you wining about?
sw January 02, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Marc sounds like a homophobe. Besides, 10th and Piedmont is probably the gayest part of town so Marc might feel not welcomed although nothing could be further from the truth. Many straight people go to burkharts and they are made to feel very welcomed.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 04:13 PM
SW, have you been looking at my tax returns ;) Actually in light of today's job market for journalists, I am compensated fairly by my employer for services rendered.
JM Hurricane January 02, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Marc's right. Enough with the labels. It's a new business for everyone. End of story.
Peter Johnson January 02, 2013 at 10:43 PM
'Gay friendly' is just another code for 'open-minded'. My wife and I visit 'gay friendly' restaurants all the time and we don't feel ostracized nor offended. The typical person that gets worked up over 'gay friendly' labels is probably the opposite of the clientele that would enjoy the restaurant. Marc and JM, consider this is a service for you guys to go elsewhere. I'm sure you get as angry over 'Christian-based' restaurants and their dreaded label.
Foodism Forever January 02, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Marc, I look forward to the day when "gay friendly" is considered by the mainstream to be an unnecessary term. Today the phrase can come with costs, though, including public ridicule and even sometimes worse. The fact that the owners are eager to market directly to gays means that they understand the economic power of this group to be considerable in Midtown. BTW - and most people reading this post probably already know this - but it's interesting that most of the "gay friendly" businesses in Atlanta are straight owned.
CL January 03, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Marc - you consistently seem so negative about Midtown. Maybe you should consider moving.
Peter Johnson January 03, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Because there's nothing to complain about in Fayetteville.
sw January 03, 2013 at 03:29 PM
PJ I would not have a problem with "Christian Friendly". That just means Christians are welcome along with everybody else. "Christian Based" sounds exclusive, not welcoming.
Mike_Midtown January 05, 2013 at 04:36 PM
I went to "Ten" on the 2nd and they were not opened. The 29th may have been just a "quick opening" for New Years but they definitely were not open for business when I went there earlier this week.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) January 05, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Hi Mike, not sure about the 2nd, but they were open on the 3rd when I went by. And apparently from some neighbors who have contacted me about the music they heard coming from the establishment, they were open last night, too.

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