The Dog Park at Reynoldstown Atlanta Coffee Shop and Cafe ParkGrounds becomes a beer garden

The off-leash dog park at Reynoldstown Cafe and ParkGrounds Cafe is officially closed, but the covered patio and indoor seating remain open.

Johnny Gianoulidis, who also owns Greek restaurant Kafenio in Avondale Estates and Greek pizzeria and Gyros in Brookhaven, launched renovations last week to convert the small dog park at ParkGrounds into an outdoor seating area and beer garden, with food trucks on weekend evenings. . Leashed dogs are welcome when the new patio opens, with owners expected to clean up after their pets and prevent them from digging or damaging furniture. People not properly supervising their dogs, cleaning up after them, or using the park as a stopover for their dogs without purchasing items from the cafe are recurring issues for ParkGrounds.

“Please don’t expect to use the park as a poop station for your pet,” reads in part on Facebook. “You will be asked to leave and not come back. If dog owners cannot meet these expectations, they will be asked to leave immediately. »

Gianoulidis plans to add more cocktails and draft beers and expand breakfast and sandwich menus to feature wraps and other dishes from its Kafenio and Greek Pizzeria and Gyros restaurants.

“We will be regrading, mulching, laying slate, getting new tables and chairs, installing shade sails and more string lights,” according to the Facebook post. “We look forward to serving the community and becoming a place where the neighborhood can gather for coffee, breakfast, beer, booze and sandwiches in a clean, comfortable setting under this beautiful tree. of the park.”

The beer garden and new outdoor seating area at ParkGrounds is set to debut in May. [FB]

Slutty Vegan opens in May near UGA in Athens

A fifth location of Aisha “Pinky” Cole’s hugely popular vegan burger joint, Slutty Vegan, will finally open in Athens next month. Located at 700 Baxter Street, bordering the UGA campus, expect Athens Restaurant to be open for lunch, dinner, and late nights. Slutty Vegan includes locations in the Westview and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods of Atlanta and the Atlanta metropolitan cities of Jonesboro and Duluth. New locations are also opening in Birmingham and Brooklyn, New York. [Official]

Krispy Kreme drive-in pop-up store closing on Ponce

The Krispy Kreme drive-in pop-up on the original site of the historic donut shop on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown is now closed. Construction begins soon on a new Krispy Kreme location, after two fires caused major structural damage to the original building on the corner of Ponce and Argonne in 2021. [Official]

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival returns in September

Atlanta’s annual Food and Wine Festival returns with its tasting tents, chef demos and dinners, September 15-18. Taking place at the historic Fourth Ward Park, a percentage of the proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the Children of Conservation charity to help support the school meals program for children living in Africa. Tickets will go on sale for the festival later this spring. [Official]