Friday, April 12, 2013
The driver of a '67 Camaro tried to flee but was caught.
EAST ATLANTA — A motorist slammed into a group of pedestrians outside the Asylum in the Village in the overnight hours early Friday morning. Robby Manley was driving a red 1967 Camaro south on Flat Shoals Avenue. He was laying drags, lost control of the vehicle and drove up on the sidewalk, Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones said. The Camaro struck three men on the sidewalk and pinned one of them for an instant, against the building which is at the the corner of Flat Shoals and Stokeswood avenues. "Once the vehicle came to a stop, Mr. Manley ran around the corner and threw his keys," Jones said. "He was located and arrested. The keys were located." Two of the victims were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with leg injuries. The third …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Atlanta's own Hermits of Suburbia among the performers.
King Django, former frontman of the Stubborn All-Stars and founder of Stubborn Records, will perform Jan. 16 at the Asylum, with musical support from Philadelphia reggae act The Snails and Matt MacLeod of Bethlehem, Penn.'s Soul-Reggae's troupe The Heavy Beat and Atlanta's own Hermits of Suburbia. The show starts at 9 p.m. — Eric Antell
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
City's wording mistake causes issue.
The city's License Review Board is delaying a hearing regarding live entertainment and hard liquor sales at East Atlanta Village's Asylum because of a wording mistake on the panel's agenda. The LRB was to have heard arguments regarding the issue at its Jan. 8 meeting, but had to delay because of the error. As written on the agenda, the "due cause" hearing concerned: Application of ASHC, LLC d/b/a Asylum Restaurant, Brian Michael Sawyer, agent. Location licensed to operate a restaurant liquor beer and wine consumed on premises, at 543 Flat Shoals Avenue S.E. (due cause/operating a business without a occupation tax registration certificate/allowing live entertainment although the restaurant has not been approved for live entertainment) NPU-W…
Monday, January 7, 2013
East Atlanta bar/restaurant has new majority owner and niche focus, but liquor license issue remains.
EAST ATLANTA — Since opening in July of last year in what had been the former Echo Lounge-turned-Icehouse space, the Asylum has suffered from something of an identity crisis. It's not the go-to place for the young and restless hipster set; that's 529 EAV. Nor is it the neighborhood watering hole for indie music devotées; that's the EARL. It's also not trying out-Mary Mary's. What the Asylum is trying to be is a place for everyone. The bar has undergone several behind-the-scenes transformations in recent months, including bringing in a new majority owner, a new chef and general manager. Meanwhile, it still is entangled in a row with Neighborhood Planning Unit-W over its liquor license. City codes allow an establishment to have live …
Friday, July 27, 2012
East Atlanta's Asylum restaurant has a pizza pie on the menu for $100.
To some folks, you'd have to be nuts to pay $100 for a 12-inch pizza pie. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that the "Crazy Capobianco" pizza is one of the offerings at Asylum, the restaurant and bar that opened July 13 in the old Echo Lounge-turned-Icehouse space in East Atlanta Village. Named for Franky Capobianco, Asylum's chef, the pie is his brainchild, Jonathan Hammond, the restaurant's general manager, told East Atlanta Patch. Capobianco, a New Orleans native, was the chef for Nawlin's, the now-closed eatery that operated in My Sister's Room, the EAV's lesbian bar. " 'It's called the Asylum, so we should do something crazy,' " Hammond recounted Capobianco as saying. So the meal was born with an ingredients list so decadent as to make …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Despite controversy over liquor license, Asylum features full bar and promises live entertainment.
The Asylum Restaurant & Lounge, the East Atlanta bar that hit a bit of controversy over its plans for live entertainment and liquor sales, opened this weekend. And though its license allows it to sell beer, wine and hard liquor, the Asylum plans to have live entertainment, which seems to contradict city rules that regulate such sales. City codes allow an establishment to have live entertainment and sell beer and wine. But if that establishment wants to sell hard liquors like whiskey and vodka and have live entertainment, it can't be within 300 feet of the nearest residential property. Entertainment is defined as a live performance by any person or persons, whether they're musicians, dancers or otherwise on the property of the liquor …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
With building within inches of a house, there's no question about distance.
As far as he's concerned, there's no wiggle room or squabbling about the city's intent when it instituted a rule that any establishment serving hard liquor be at least 300 feet from the nearest residential property. In this Patch Voices editorial, Ed Gilgor, chairman of Neighborhood Planning Unit-W, explains why the group voted last week against approving the liquor license application by the Asylum Restaurant & Lounge.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Residents also express concern regarding noise and parking issues new restaurant will bring.
A straight line, as the saying goes, is the shortest distance between two points. But when it comes to the granting of a liquor license, how one interprets a "straight line," can mean the difference between approval and denial. And in East Atlanta Village, it's the center of a dispute between the owner of the Asylum Restaurant & Lounge, the planned restaurant and bar slated to open next month, and Neighborhood Planning Unit-W. The Asylum's owner, Brian Michael Sawyer, who has leased the former Echo Lounge at 543 Flat Shoals Ave., is seeking a liquor license from the city. As part of the process, establishments seeking liquor licenses make presentations to the specific neighborhood where the business is to be located, as well as …
Friday, April 27, 2012
EAV music venue to reopen as bar featuring live music.
The Echo Lounge-turned-Icehouse is going through its third live music iteration. "Asylum" is the name for the new venue at 543 Flat Shoals Ave. Though the signs are up, the interior is still being put together. When East Atlanta Patch went to inquire about Asylum on Friday we were told the owner would be on the premises April 28 to get more info about the concept. The site is best known as the Echo Lounge, live music venue that featured national indie acts and local- and Athens-based up-and-comers. After the Echo Lounge closed following some entanglements with the city, it reopened as the Icehouse. But the Icehouse's days were short-lived and it shuttered several months later.