Inside the Kimball House


Eater Atlanta posted a couple photos of the under-renovation interior of the Decatur Depot/Kimball House.  We’re posting one pic here with Dave Blanchard’s permission.

There’s also one other photo taken in the other direction over at the Eater website you may want to check out.

Dave told us last month that the build out would take approximately 4 months.


Kimball House Build Out Estimated to Take 4 Months, Leon’s Bocce Court Remodeling

Since it seemed like there seem to be a couple of outstanding questions surrounding the build out of the Decatur Depot as the Kimball House (reported here) and the construction work being done to the bocce court next to Leon’s Full Service, I asked owner Dave Blanchard for the latest scoop.  Here’s a summary of his reply…

Kimball House: Dave wrote back that the Kimball House just received its building permit on Friday and that they are anticipating that it will take four months to complete the total renovation of the interior and a fresh coat of paint on the exterior.

Leon’s: As for Leon’s, In Bloom was hired to total rebuild the bocce court area, with an “all new properly built court with drainage and the whole bit. New landscaping, benches, lighting and irrigation.”  Additionally, he added “There is one more phase for over there which will include a bit of covering  and new dumpster surround and enclosure.”

Depot photo courtesy of jimmywayne via Flickr,

Kimball House Will Be a Partnership Between Brick Store Owners and Current/Former Employees

BSP’s Dave Blanchard sends in a bit more detail on the coming “Kimball House” in the old Decatur Depot, which we announced last week.   Sounds like this new restaurant and bar is truly a group effort…

The Kimball House project is a partnership between the owners of Brick Store Pub and LEONs Full Service in Decatur along with long time employees and friends: Miles Macquarrie (LEONs Full Service), Matt Christison, Bryan Rackley (Brick Store Pub), and Jesse Smith (Victory Sandwich).

Brick Store Boys Opening “Kimball House” in the Decatur Depot


BREAKING  – Big Monday morning restaurant news here in Decatur!  Dave Blanchard of the Brick Store Pub/Leon’s Full Service fame gives DM the scoop…

The Kimball House Hotel once stood on an entire city block of downtown Atlanta. It played host to famous musicians, athletes, politicians, local heroes and artists as well as scoundrels, vagrants, con men and loose women. As with many of Atlanta’s marvelous old history-laden structures, it was razed in the 1960s. In the spirit of progress and preservation, and as an homage to the barmen who kept the beautiful hotel lounge, we are resurrecting the Kimball House name. The new restaurant and bar, Kimball House, will be located at the historic Railway Depot in Decatur, Georgia. The food will encourage gathering. The drinks will encourage conversation. Kimball House will smell like bacon and taste like seawater.

Much has been done to improve the Atlanta drink scene in the last ten years, especially with beer and cocktails. We hope to contribute to this storyline and offer something new and old along the way. We hope to add to the culinary landscape and cook with the seasons while taking full advantage of our local southern bounty.

At Kimball House the rumble of a nearby train and the constant clatter of the cocktail shaker will barely be distinguishable from the laughter of neighboring tables. It will look like a restaurant but feel like home. No jackets required (except perhaps denim). Dirty jokes lauded. Local heroes, scoundrels, vagrants, con men and loose women all welcome in the Spring of 2013.

Wikipedia’s got some good info on the old first and second Kimball House if you’re interested.

Depot photo courtesy of jimmywayne via Flickr, Kimball House photo via Wikipedia

What’s Happening to the Leon’s Patio Area?

Greg sent in this picture early this afternoon showing some construction on the Leon’s patio.  Part-owner Dave Blanchard fills us in as to what’s goin’ on…

We are putting up a metal and wood beamed pergola over the patio. Should provide more shade in the summer and give us a way to hang fans, heaters, lighting, etc to extend the patio life in the transition months. I’m excited. It should be quite cool and beautiful.

Brick Store Pub Featured on “Here For the Beer” just posted a new episode that features the Brick Store Pub with interviews with co-owner Dave Blanchard and beer manager Lee Dickson.

Caution: Midriffs Ahead.

Apparently, the beer cellar was so cool that it gets it’s own yet-to-be-released episode.  Stay tuned.

Brick Store Pub #2 Beer Bar in U.S.

Though Beer Advocate maddeningly doesn’t put their yearly beer bar rankings online, this comment from “brickstoredave” (aka co-owner Dave Blanchard) leads me to believe that after the remarkable achievement of ranking #3 in the U.S. last year, the Brick Store Pub has climbed a spot to #2 among the country’s best beer bars.

Pretty amazing.  Congrats guys!

Aren’t we lucky?