The much anticipated Lean Draft House officially opened for business on Friday, June 16th, 2017. Lean Draft House, located near the White St access point along the BeltLine Westside Trail and adjacent to Gordon White Park, features twenty local craft beers on tap and handcrafted tacos.
The opening of Lean Draft House marks the first new business to open along the BeltLine Westside Trail. The trail is slated for completion at the start of August. Once the trail is open to the public, Lean Draft House will be just a short walk from Westview.
In addition to a spacious interior decked out in natural wood, there is an outside seating area and bocce court. Lean Draft House is also home to Lean Motorsports, so make sure to browse the impressive collection of motorcycles.
Currently, the hours are 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday (subject to change).
The beer selection on the opening weekend featured brews from Sweetwater, Monday Night, Creature Comforts, Orpheus, Jekyll, Scofflaw, Wild Heaven, Terrapin, and others.
Online Instagram celebrity chef Darius Williams already created a media buzz prior to opening his restaurant Greens & Gravy:
Neighborhood groups were equally abuzz as online reservations for the soft opening disappeared within minutes and Williams indicating that the five sold out evenings equated to 814 reservations.
The buzz did not let down. The food was on par. The deviled eggs appeared to be a social media favorite, as did the mac and cheese. The restaurant was well staffed, and the staff was well trained. Perhaps the only thing missing was the ability to pair the delicious dishes with some adult beverages; however, it is our understanding that this will be added at some point.
Greens & Gravy will officially open for brunch on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Over the last few months news story after news story announced exciting new businesses moving into the Lee+White development along White Street in West End. On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 development moved one step closer with the groundbreaking ceremony of Monday Night Brewing’s expanded $5.5 million facility along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail.
A crowd gathered to see guests of honor, Mayor Kasim Reed, Councilmember Cleta Winslow, and NPU-T Chair Terry Ross join Monday Night Brewing co-founders Jeff Heck, Joel Iverson, and Jonathan Baker for the special occasion.
The brewery is slated to open in September with an economic impact of $43.3 million and 34 new jobs.
Related press stories:
Every community needs a “third place,” and with D Cafe’s re-opening at the new location, neighbors were once again able to meet and socialize during the special “Community Night at D Cafe.”
Development in Westview, and southwest Atlanta, is in full swing. Westview residents have been particularly excited about the re-opening of D Cafe a few weeks ago, giving them and visitors alike that “third place” to hang out and enjoy a meal while being able to meet familiar, friendly faces.
Additionally in the works is celebrity chef Darius Williams’ first restaurant, Greens & Gravy, at 1540 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Darius has released a sneak peak of the menu, featuring mouth-watering dishes like “Skillet Butter Pecan Cornbread with Whipped Honey Butter,” “Creamed Corn Bisque with Fried Lobster & Chive Oil” and “Creamy Collard Green Lasagna.” An opening date has not been determined, but is anticipated to happen in the next several weeks.
Meanwhile, Stream Realty and its Atlanta BeltLine-adjacent Lee + White development just down the road in neighboring West End continues to make headlines with its newest tenants. This time, the headlines are about a new distillery being added to the roster – ASW Distillery. Like Monday Night Brewing and Wild Heaven Beer, ASW Distillery will be opening up a second location at the LEE + White development called the “ASW Rickhouse.”
The City of Atlanta has expanded its Relay bike share program. A bicycle station is now located at Gordon-White Park in the adjacent West End neighborhood, allowing residents to rent bike’s for hourly pay-as-you-go plans, or via monthly or annual passes. This is a great way for neighbors who don’t own bike’s to enjoy a different mode of transportation, which will be especially fun once the car-free Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail opens up in the fall.
Additional information about Relay bike’s can be found at: www.relaybikeshare.com
Ms. D. and D Café are not new to Westview, but they have moved to a new location a block over. After a few months’ hiatus due to the relocation, D Café is back! A private ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday, April 21, 2017, with Atlanta City Council President Caesar Mitchell and Councilmember C. T. Martin being present for the occasion. As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony the two councilmembers honored Ms. D. with a letter from Mayor Kasim Reed for her entrepreneurship and willingness to hire community youth and former offenders. (Read a recent article about Ms. D.: Soul on the Westside: D Cafe)
D Café’s official grand opening to the public will be on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
In 2014 Westview residents made a big impact when they came out in large numbers to request improvements in the neighborhood at a series of Infrastructure Bond meetings. The City of Atlanta listened and included a number of Westview projects on the list, including making Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard a “complete street” between Cascade Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
What is a Complete Street?
“Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.” (Renew Atlanta)
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has undergone the design process to repave and restripe Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. This will result in a safer Westview Village due to traffic calming measures through reduced driving lanes, added on-street parking spots, and added bicycle lanes.
The City of Atlanta has hired the Atlanta BeltLine to facilitate the design process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly area along the road. The Atlanta BeltLine is hosting a series of meetings to allow residents to provide input to the look-and-feel of the streetscaped area. The first meeting was to create the “Vision” and was held on April 17, 2017 at KIPP STRIVE Primary School. Attendees were able to provide input on features such as benches, lighting, crosswalks, and more.
The “Concept Development” meeting will be scheduled in the summer and the “Detailed Design” meeting will be scheduled in the fall, while construction is anticipated to begin February/March 2018.
BURNAWAY’s will be hosting its “Spring Studio Soirée” at the Westview Studios on Friday, May 5th. In anticipation of the event Burnaway had a brief chat with Westview Studios artist, and local Westview neighbor, Krista Clark: http://burnaway.org/podcast/krista-clark/
Image courtesy of Burnaway
Alright, perhaps we are getting ahead of ourselves, but two Atlanta-area breweries will soon call the Lee+White development in West End their second home. Two breweries side-by-side? Beer aficionados will be able to rejoice at this news!
Back in September 2016, Monday Night Brewery had announced that it will open up a second location called “the Garage” at the Lee+White development to focus on crafting their barrel-aged and sour beers. Part of the land next to the warehouse will be used to grow fruit trees, whose wild yeast will aid in the beer fermentation. The facility will include a tasting room and a patio for patrons to enjoy. Simultaneously it was announced that Honeysuckle Gelato, Doux South Pickles, Southern Aged cheese maker, and Relay bike-share would join the brewery in the development.
Now it has been announced that Avondale Estates-based brewery Wild Heaven would join Monday Night Brewery and the others at the Lee+White development to open up a second location as well. While Monday Night Brewery aims to open up later on in 2017, Wild Heaven will not open up until 2018. The brewery space will include a 10,000 square foot patio on the Atlanta BeltLine, as well as food made on-site.
And the beauty of it all? Westview neighbors will be but a short stroll down the Atlanta BeltLine from these new food and drink destinations – cheers!
Atlanta Magazine: Monday Night Brewing’s big gamble along the Atlanta BeltLine (March 2017)
AJC: Wild Heaven Beer opening second brewery and taproom on Beltline (March 22, 2017)