Ask anyone who has opened up a business in Atlanta and they will tell you it's not an easy process.
There's a host of bureaucratic hoops to go through with various city boards and agencies before the business owner can get the final approvals to open.
Key to all of those efforts is getting local community support.
It's with that in mind that Inman Park's Wrecking Bar is launching its "Neighborhood Appreciation Month,” beginning Jan. 9.
"It wasn't an easy project and we got a lot of support from the neighborhoods so we wanted to see if we could give something back to them," Bob, Sandage, who, along with wife, Kristine, owns the Wrecking Bar.
The Sandages, who live in Inman Park, opened the restaurant last Father's Day, taking the old graffiti-coated mansion at 292 Moreland Ave. and restoring it showcase perfection.
The process — permitting and liquor licensing — took time.
So as a thank you to the neighborhoods that supported the project, the Sandages are donating a portion of food and alcohol sales to several neighborhood groups:
- Week of Jan. 9: Little Five Points Police Mini Precinct
- Week of Jan. 16: Candler Park Neighborhood Association
- Week of Jan. 23: Inman Park Neighborhood Association
The effort is designed to not just raise funds for the different community groups but also awareness of what they do for quality of life, Bob Sandage, who was the IPNA's vice president of public safety, said.