Kevin Gillespie’s “Communion” Becoming “Communion Cantina”

According to a blurb in Creative Loafing…

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Kevin Gillespie is opening a Mexican-inspired cantina. Communion Cantina opens on Fri., May 5 behind Decatur’s Revival (129 Church St.), serving tacos, margaritas and West Coast and Mexican beer options.

A blurb on the Communition Cantina website reads…

Communion Cantina is an outdoor gathering spot for imbibing and socializing in the backyard of chef Kevin Gillespie’s Decatur restaurant, Revival. Perfect for enjoying laid-back afternoon revelry, Communion Cantina serves beer and cocktails as well as a small menu of Mexican food truck snacks.

Casual entertainment such as cornhole and other games is also provided free of charge, and reservations are not needed.

Photo courtesy of Communion Cantina website

Check Out Kevin Gillespie’s New Beer Garden at Revival, Which Opens This Friday

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Kevin Gillespie’s new Decatur Beer Garden, “Communion”, in Revival’s side/backyard will dust off the picnic table benches and open this Friday at 4pm, according to a release from Gillespie’s PR team.

Here’s the food situation according to the release…

This latest creative culinary brainstorm includes a food truck where guests can sample executive chef Andreas Müller’s inspired takes on classic German beer garden snacks, including grilled rye with Kartoffelkäse, Bavarian-style pretzels with hot mustard and Obatzda and grilled sausages with sauerkraut, mustard and beef fat-fried potatoes.

And the drinks?

The drink list offers a selection of European-style draft and bottled session beers, Old World-style wines, punches and batched cocktails.

Also, interestingly, you will pay for food and beverage with tokens, instead of cash, which you will purchase at entry.  From the release…

Backyard revelers won’t have to worry about keeping track of a tab, either. Upon arrival, guests purchase tokens – $5 each – from the Communion cashier and spend them on drinks and food truck purchases. Any unused tokens can be used on future visits. Most food truck snacks and drinks are 1-3 tokens, with server and bartender gratuities already factored into the price of each.

The release also notes that there will plenty of cornhole and horseshoes goin’ on as well.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Libby & Associates via Eater

Kevin Gillespie Opening Beer Garden Behind Revival

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In his recent interview with Atlanta Magazine, Kevin Gillespie reminded everyone about something he briefly mentioned a while back in a Decaturish interview

…I’m about to open a beer garden [in Revival’s backyard] because I really love European-style beers. And as a self-professed redneck by birth, I do love moonshine.

So I followed up with Gillespie’s PR team, and they provided this additional detail in a recent release…

Guests will soon have another reason to flock to Revival—a new outdoor beer garden called Communion! This extension of Revival will offer the ideal spot to socialize pre- or post-dinner at Revival or for laid-back afternoon revelry on the weekends. Session beers, wine and cocktails will be served along with a menu of traditional beer garden favorites including Bavarian-style pretzels with hot mustard and grilled sausages with sauerkraut. While you’re there, how about a game of horseshoes or cornhole?

The lawn/drinking area behind the Revival space (formally Harbour Bar/House, Jakes, etc) has long been one of the great, laid back hideaways in Decatur.  Having Gillespie’s team trick it out as a full on German biergarten may prove to be one of the coolest Atlanta restaurant “extensions” of the year.

Photo courtesy of Red Bread Restaurants