Saturday, June 16, 2012
Inman Park brewpub and eatery shares what it takes to be a successful, viable business.
It's been a year since Bob and Kristine Sandage took the old, graffiti-coated mansion at 292 Moreland Ave. and painstakingly restored it to her former glory. The Sandages, of Inman Park, restored the historic house to open the Wrecking Bar Brewpub. In a year's time, the Wrecking Bar has built quite a following of devotées, being named best brewpub in Atlanta in 2011 and it vyed for the title of best brewpub in America. But the beer is just one side of the business. Of course, there's the food. Our personal favorite: the Schweinshaxe (pork shank) and Jemmy American Stout. East Atlanta Patch asked Bob Sandage about what it takes to open a small business and what he and his wife have learned over the past 12 months. Q: It's been a year since …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
But Zone 6's commander says they will be used infrequently.
Following a number of street robberies in East Atlanta Village, Little Five Points and Virginia-Highland, Maj. Keith Meadows, commander of the Atlanta Police Department's Zone 6, instituted a few strategically placed foot patrols in those neighborhoods. Speaking at the East Atlanta Community Association's June 12 meeting, Meadows said the patrols have had the desired effect in stemming some of the street crimes like purse snatchings and smartphone thefts that have seen an uptick in incidents. "We were having robberies where we weren't having them consistently," prompting the foot patrols, he told EACA members. But despite having the desired effect, he cautioned residents shouldn't expect to see them all the time. Much like bike patrols, …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Suspects, who threw bricks through the windows, wore all black and masks.
Atlanta police are looking for a group of vandals who threw bricks through several windows of the Zone 6 mini-precinct in Little Five Points early Thursday. Police were responding to a call about shots being fired near Moreland and Euclid avenues just before 4 a.m. But when they arrived, they discovered the noise stemmed from several windowpanes being shattered at the mini-precinct at 1166 Euclid. The mini-precinct is not staffed 24 hours. There were few people milling about, a handful of witnesses told police they saw a group of white and black suspects — all dressed in black and wearing masks — throw the bricks through the windows. The vandals then fled by crossing Moreland Avenue and heading east on Euclid Avenue and into the Candler …
Monday, May 21, 2012
One city councilman says it's time to nix the parking enforcement contract and 'move on.' How do you think the city should address issues with PARKatlanta?
Any given Friday and Saturday night, Little Five Points is bustling with activity. Throngs folks from Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs come to the area for food, fun and music. What they don't like: The parking or how it's enforced by PARKatlanta, the company the city contracted to collect fees. It explains why some visitors will opt to park blocks away in residential pockets of Inman Park and walk. It's a complaint Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall has heard not only from patrons but businessowners, too. Last year, during a tour of shops along Euclid Avenue, PARKatlanta came up in several conversations with shopkeepers. Now, the city of Atlanta is considering extending parking enforcement hours at meters around the city. Some of …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Little Five Points brewpub on the list of nation's 16-best.
When Bob Sandage and his wife, Kristine, opened the Wrecking Bar last Father's Day, he told his staff that he had a very specific goal: To become the best brewpub in the United States within three years. By one measure, he's almost there. Chow.com, a website devoted to all things food and drink, lists the Wrecking Bar among the top 16 in the country and is asking its readers to vote from among the list to pick the one that is they think is the best brewhouse in the country. Said Chow of the Wrecking Bar: Down in Georgia, Wrecking Bar Brewpub’s a new spot in Atlanta that brews in the basement of a century-old building and serves a different cask beer each week. The menu includes German schwienshaxe and Southern comfort food like pulled pork…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Officer was shot at near Moreland and McLendon avenues.
UPDATE: Atlanta police arrested Cameron Christian Maddox, 19, on Friday and charged him with aggravated assault in the shooting of Officer Dexter Toomer. Police said they would not elaborate on a motive for the shooting or release further details because the investigation is ongoing. Atlanta police are looking for a gunman who shot at an officer Thursday night as he left the Zesto's restaurant in Little Five Points. Officer Dexter Toomer, who had gone to the eatery at 377 Moreland Ave. for a drink, called for aid, saying he had been shot in the lower left leg. He did not see who shot him in the the 10:30 p.m. incident. Toomer, who spent 18 years as an Atlanta Corrections officer before joining APD 1½ years ago, was taken to Grady Memorial …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Christopher Erik Smith, AKA "Vomet," and Douglas Grantham Jones, AKA "BEAV" set to appear in Atlanta Municipal Court on March 7.
Two alleged graffiti artists, whose tags — "Vomet" and "Beav" — are well-known in Little Five Points, Inman Park and Poncey-Highland, among other neighborhoods, are going to court on vandalism charges. Christopher Erik Smith, 29, of northeast Atlanta, who goes by the tag "Vomet," faces several counts of violating the city ordinance on graffiti abatement. Nineteen-year-old Douglas Grantham Jones of northeast Atlanta, also known as "Beav," faces multiple counts of violating the city ordinance on graffiti abatement and destruction of property. Speaking to the Inman Park Neighborhood Association Wednesday night, Ari Bleifeld, a graffiti abatement officer with the Atlanta Police Department, said the two are scheduled to appear in Atlanta …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
New heating and ventilation systems are part of the renovations, too.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Month-long effort to help Little Five Points, Inman Park and Candler Park
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 …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Dynamics of on-line book retailing and electronic reading devices requires change
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
by Frank Reiss For years, our in-store sales have been dropping. We have determined that there are very obvious reasons that this has been happening: on-line retailers like Amazon, e-readers like Amazon's Kindle, the dropping value of used books (brought on by the ease of buying and selling used books online).....We can fight this trend or we can accept it. We are choosing to accept it. No amount of marketing that we would be capable of could counter those forces. From even more years of experience in the book business (nearly 30!) we think we understand how passionate some, relatively few — but still many, people are about books, and no amount of cultural change will alter that. It is for those passionate people that we have always …