The Grape Files For Chapter 11

Andy Peters points us over to his Deal Watch blog (which incidentally was the first to unveil Crescent Moon’s troubles) where he reports that The Grape wine bar has filed for bankruptcy.

As Andy notes “The Grape has four locations in Atlanta—Atlantic Station, Inman Park, Phipps Plaza and Vinings. It also owns or franchises stores and wine bars in Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.”

It almost had a Decatur location once upon a time too. It owned the Dancing Goats space for a time after Sole closed. It even applied for a liquor license, but things never came to fruition.

Decatur Terrific Thursdays Starts Tonight!

Just as Target quickly begins switching out its ghosts and goblins with snowmen and reindeer even before Oct. 31st, downtown Decatur shops have already left ghoulish thoughts of All-Hallows Eve behind and are now gearing up for the really profitable holidays.

Tonight marks the beginning of Decatur’s annual holiday Thursday evening shop-a-thon…also known as Terrific Thursdays!  From now until Christmas, Decatur shops will stay open late on Thursday nights (Thanksgiving being the exception) with special events, discounts and even complementary alcohol (at select locations).

The city has posted a full list of discounts and events HERE.  Shop local this holiday season!

GDOT Finishes Ponce/Scott Cooridor a Month Early

As many have already observed, the DOT really didn’t drag its feet when repaving the Ponce/Scott corridor over the past month or so.

The city’s website announces the project’s completion and thanks us for not complaining too much…

GDOT contractors have completed the resurfacing of a 5.7 mile corridor along Ponce de Leon Ave./Scott Blvd. a month earlier than scheduled. Decatur residents, thank you for your patience and cooperation!

I particularly like the new sidewalk installations at the Scott side-street intersections.  Coventry especially!  That corner was really dangerous for pedestrians before they hedged back those bushes and reinstalled and extended (?) the sidewalk.