What Should Go Here?: Boulevard and Edgewood

In a corridor undergoing rapid change, a storefront remains vacant.

The Edgewood Avenue corridor of the Old Fourth Ward has seen quite a resurgence in the last few years.

On any given weeknight and on the weekends, college kids, hipsters and old-timers are out and about, sampling the food, drink and ambiance of the many restaurants that have opened up and built a good following of fans.

There's the Thumbs Up Diner, Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, Cafe Circa, Edgewater Corner Tavern, Miso Izakaya and Space 2 at Sound Table, just to name a few.

There's also some new ones slated to open like which is making its home in the old Geyer & Taylor building.

So with all the attention the corridor has seen of late, it seems strange, then, that the building at 476 Edgewood, on the northeast corner of Edgewood and Boulevard, remains empty.

The building has been home to a few business ideas. A recent effort had a vegetarian restaurant operating there, but that didn't last long.

What kind of business would work there? What's needed for that area of Old Fourth Ward? What would you like to see there?

Don Edwards July 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM
A Pro-Capitalism meeting hall.
RD July 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM
A Barcade.
Lena Woods July 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM
How about a cofee shop? Since Jav-ology went out of business, there's no coffee shop in the neighborhood. I would love to have a spot where I can pick up a quick cofee and donut in the morning.
Kate July 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM
What's the parking situation for that space?
Sheep Dog July 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Condessa Coffee fills that void I would say.
Péralte Paul (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
That would be a few miles down the road, Don: The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and of course, the Gold Dome. :-)
Péralte Paul (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Folks would have to park on the street or the pay lot across from the building, Kate.
Eugene July 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Its within the Atlanta streetcar redevelopment plans/site so perhaps something retail related that would appear to tourists and residents. Or maybe an ice cream shop.
Alexander Derr Williams July 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Danneman's coffee used to be where Church is now. Irwin Street Market just down the street has coffee and ice cream... I think it's odd that that whole stretch is more or less dead on the school nights, something different altogether on Friday Saturday.
Kate July 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
If that's the case, it seems the parking limitations are a challenge for that space. Street parking is hard to come by, and pay-parking-only is a deterrent to going somewhere.
G Vaughn July 26, 2012 at 06:01 PM
A new coffee and ice cream shop just opened this week at Dynamic Metals Lofts, corner of Edgewood and Randolph: Mr. & Mrs. Einstein's Coffee and Ice Cream, Suite 118, I think on the Randolph side of the building. I sampled their home made ice cream on Tuesday, delicious.
Chris H July 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
@RD, I totally agree! A Barcade like the one in Williamsburg Brooklyn would be perfect. That place is so much fun! http://barcadebrooklyn.com/
Tammy July 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Chef Anthony's catering?
Fourth ward July 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM
parking is a problem and not enough foot traffic.
Gareth O'Bryan July 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I used to live above this space from 1996 to 2001. I'm now one block away since 2001. I've seen a lot come and go. I think about the space every time I walk by and what would be nice to have. I like the ice cream idea, but parking will always be the problem if any retail shop goes in there. And, a barcade called "Joystick" is opening on Edgewood right before Jackson St (one block west from Blvd). Should be opening very soon!
o4w long timer July 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM
We already have coffee shops, ice cream shops), a barcade (coming this summer) we need to think outside of the box and come up with something that will help attract foot traffic during the day. Parking will be come less of a problem considering this location is right between the BeltLine and the Streetcar, and the O4W is a pretty good pedestrian/biking neighborhood.
Sam July 27, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Who cares what the parking situation is. There is so much wasted space in atlanta for huge parking lots; it does not encourage the foot traffic that this great strip of businesses need. If you are going to drive, people should really learn how to parallel park on the streets and walk a block or two to your destination. Or how about ride your bike? Or dare I saw use public transportation?
Sam July 27, 2012 at 02:17 PM
100% agree with you
Fourth ward August 03, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Those are the type of things people go to. Any type of retail store(clothes,books,vitamins) will be designed to fail from day one. What would be interesting would be a gourmet type market.
Mister & Miss Einstein August 30, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Hey G Vaughn! Thanks for the mention... Glad you enjoyed the ice cream! :)
morgifer October 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
*Sounds* great in theory, Lena, but there's a reason Javaology is no longer there, and it ain't because the owners got tired of being there. Tons of car traffic through that intersection, but little *convenient* parking for those on the go...and coffee must be convenient if anything. Not to mention, Condesa's doing fine right up the street. This location is probably more appropriate for an architect or digital design house. A skate shop might also make sense given the proximity to the O4W sk8pk...but, then again, you'd sorta be in Stratosphere's (www.stratosphereskateboards.com) back yard. Not sure ATL's got enough sk8 biz to support two shops. Former Propietor of Javaology (R.I.P.)
morgifer October 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Again?!? Surely you jest.
Randevyn Piérre November 17, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Something that attracts the gay community is probably a great idea too.
Randevyn Piérre November 17, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Ive thought about this for some years as a 9yr O4W resident. I think we have to look past the parking problem (even though that's hard to do) as it has always been a factor, and will possibly continue to be an issue for at least another year. By that logic model, NOTHING should have been placed on the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard, which is now a rock star spot for intown night life. I think we need to look at what is already working WELL for this corner - classy, young adult partying. Here are some of my thoughts: 24 hour Internet cafe Late night restaurant (breakfast, Chinese takeout or some other kind of cheap, cafe) Intimate Night Club Late night specialty dessert spot
Randevyn Piérre November 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Ahhhh! Good old fashioned burger joint open til about 2am. Burgers, milkshakes, fries - they'll do KILLER business especially on weekends.
Randevyn Piérre November 17, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Think about it this way - there aren't not enough places where you can grab some food cheap, quick and fairly easy on Edgewood; especially late at night. You've gotta travel further north on Boulevard if you want a quick burger. If you're out partying late, why not walk a few steps up the block instead of having to journey to Majesty on Ponce or Landmark on Broad?


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