Communion Cantina To Become a Special Event Space

From Communion Cantina’s Facebook page

Starting this week, Communion Cantina is a special event venue only. An increased demand for private parties coupled with unpredictable weather frequently caused us to closed to the public this summer, unfortunately. By transitioning to private events, we can maximize use of the space and alleviate disappointing our guests who could not depend on a set schedule. Don’t worry, we still plans on hosting Terminus City BBQ pop-ups here!

Photo courtesy of Communion Facebook page

Big Tex Plans to Reopen Next Monday

Decaturish reported this morning that Big Tex is planning to reopen next Monday, July 24th at 5p.  Part owner Sean Dammann confirmed that news to us.

Big Tex Cantina was previously partially owned by the owners of Fox Bros BBQ, but this relaunch of the restaurant now includes many long time Decaturites, like City Commissioner Scott Drake and Sean and Tammy Dammann.  Other owners include Dan and Beau Nolen, who were previous Big Tex partners, and Robin Vaughan, who will serve as general manager.

Photo courtesy of NickWildHeaven on Instagram

The Brick Store Pub Turns 20

OK.  I’m just going to say a couple of things really quick, so I don’t get too emotional.  🙂

  1. The Brick Store Pub is turning 20 this weekend and holding a big party with 20 custom-made beers to celebrate with their closest 100s of fans.  If you have one of the Golden Tickets, I’ll see you there.
  2. The Brick Store is one of the top “Beer Destinations” IN THE WORLD.  According to Rate Beer, it’s #9 in the world and #1 in the U.S.
  3. The Brick Store’s influence on the beer scene in Georgia is hard to understate.  You can read all about it in this great Atlanta Magazine article in celebration of their 20th year.
  4. The Brick Store has been an integral player in Decatur’s growth over the last two decades and many visitors’ introduction to our city.  (I speak from first-hand experience on this one)

Congratulations BSP!  Here’s to the next 20!

Andryannis Greek Bistro Is Closing

Tomorrow’s News Today reports

Marios and Kaliopy Kitas, owners of downtown Decatur’s Andryannis Greek Bistro, have sold their business.  The new owner, Christopher Sheehy, will reportedly convert the restaurant into an American eatery called “SideChick,” serving all three day-parts.  Pending inspections and such, Sheehy tells me he hopes to be open as soon as late June.  The Kitas, who opened Andryannis on Clairemont Avenue, just off E. Ponce de Leon Avenue eight years ago, plan to take a “nice summer vacation.” The family hinted at having plans to open elsewhere in the future saying, “visit our website or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our news and where we will be opening the next Andryannis Greek Bistro.”  Steve Josovitz of The Shumacher Group, Inc. represented the seller and assisted the buyer in the transaction.

You can read Marios and Kaliopy’s letter to the community on their website HERE.

Photo courtesy of Open Table

Double Dragon Planning To Open in 2 Weeks

Double Dragon Oakhurst Chinese – which is taking over the old Saba space in downtown Oakhurst – just posted on Facebook

Good Afternoon Oakhurst!  I have great news. We are just 2 weeks away from opening Double Dragon Oakhurst. The interior is looking good and we’ve tirelessly tested the menu but there is still much to do including building a great staff.

We are actively hiring servers, bartenders, hosts, dishwashers and line cooks right now. If it’s one thing we’ve already learned from our friends and neighbors at Steinbeck’s and U Joint is that successful Oakhurst businesses employ a lot of folks that live in the community and/or care about the community. Employing that “where everyone knows your name” kind of service, I’m asking that if you live in the local community and have any experience waiting tables, tending bar, working in a kitchen or even hosting; email me at [email protected] Full time, part time, weekends only, we need it all. We start training next week.

Photo courtesy of DM

Zagat: Oak Brewpub and Smoke & Duck Sauce Among “Best New Restaurants in Atlanta”

It just opened a few weeks ago – and they aren’t even serving their own beers yet! –  but Oak Brewpub in Oakhurst is already garnering attention.  Zagat recently dubbed it one of the “Best New Restaurants in Atlanta”.  Here’s their blurb…

Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood now has a central brewpub of its own, with a handsome interior decked out in muted grays and neutrals illuminated by large windows, while the kitchen turns out modern American pub fare to complement the variety of traditional beer styles crafted in the onsite brewery.

Smoke & Duck Sauce in Suburban Plaza also made the list.  Zagat says…

With a split focus on both Southern American and East Asian traditions, this local mini-chain of barbecue restaurants finds common culinary ground with slow-smoked meats, savory sides and flavorful sauces, all in a casual counter-serve setting.

Photo courtesy of Oak Brewpub’s Facebook page

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