The Wrecking Bar Brewpub, open for just three months, is stepping up to support its Inman Park neighborhood.
For no charge, the Wrecking Bar’s new upstairs special-event space (called The Marianna) is the new location for the monthly meetings of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. The next meeting is 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday (meetings are the third Wednesday of each month).
And for three upcoming nights — Monday through Wednesday — a portion of the proceeds from the downstairs pub and restaurant will go to the Inman Park Security Patrol fund.
“Based on our typical busy-night sales and our planned donation percentage, our goal is to contribute $1,500 to $2,000,” said Bob Sandage, who lives in the neighborhood and owns the Wrecking Bar along with his wife, Kristine.
Two other Inman Park restaurants will follow suit next month and also donate a portion of profits to the neighborhood’s private security patrol fund. “DineOut for Security Patrol” is planned for Oct. 4 at Parish (240 N. Highland Ave.), and on Oct. 17 at The Albert (918 Austin Ave.)
Andre de Winter’s schedule doesn’t allow him to order a burger or other tavern specialties (or a special such as beet and fennel salad with goat cheese and orange gastrique), at the brewpub on one of the three nights to support security surveillance. But he was so impressed by the Wrecking Bar’s offer that he quickly pledged $500 — which gives the Sandages a nice head start.
“Anyone who takes an initiative like this to make the neighborhood a better place to live for all of us should be supported,” de Winter said.
It costs between $125,000 and $150,000 per year to cover the neighborhood’s security measures, said Greg Scott, a vice president of the IPNA and chair of its public safety committee. The fund covers the costs of off-duty Atlanta Police Department officers taking four-hour (freelance) shifts to cruise Inman Park.
It’s always a challenge to raise enough funds. About 45 percent of residents of the neighborhood’s 700-plus single-family households donate to this pot each year, with most contributing between $200 and $300. If you contribute $250 or more, then you have the go-ahead to alert the private patrol whenever you are going to be on vacation.
Management companies for apartments and condo units (there are close to 1,500 such dwellings in the neighborhood), also contribute to the fund. The Inman Park Village Master Association, which oversees the multi-use Inman Park Village, is a significant contributor, Scott said.
Bob Sandage, who previously chaired the security committee, said the cruising officers regularly thwart crimes such as car thefts.
“We have noticed that when patrol is on, there are less crimes, less break-ins, less robberies,” Sandage said.
It’s also advantageous that APD officers handle the job, Sandage pointed out, because they have a direct pipeline into the “911 channels system." For instance, they can get backup pretty quickly if they need it.
“We’re excited about Bob and Kristine contributing to the patrol,” Scott said. “We hope that this inspires even more businesses and restaurants in the immediate neighborhood to contribute. Security measures benefit everyone, both residents and businesses.”
If you go: “DineOut for Security Patrol,” 4-11pm Monday through Wednesday (Sept. 19-21), at Wrecking Bar Brewpub, 292 Moreland Ave. NE. A portion of proceeds go to Inman Park’s private security patrol. 404-221-2600; www.wreckingbarbrewpub.com