BeltLine Westside Trail Grand Opening

BeltLine Westside Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On a melting hot late-September afternoon, a large crowd of people was present as the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail was officially opened to the public on September 29, 2017. The heat proved to be a popular choice of topic for speakers at the ceremony, which was hosted at Gordon-White Park. Among the guests of honor, which included expected individuals like Major Kasim Reed and council members, the BeltLine’s Brian McGowan and Rob Brawner, and representatives from key public and private partners, but also a surprise appearance by Representative John Lewis; whom, Mayor Reed jokingly noted, “just happened to be in the neighborhood.”

Upon completion of the speeches, the guests of honor crossed White Street to cut the ribbon at the access ramp to the Westside Trail, surrounded by a swarm of media and visitors. After the ribbon cutting frenzy, the crowd disbursed back to the park for a community celebration and strolls along the newly opened trail.

Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street Meeting

Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street Meeting III

The third Ralph David Abernathy Complete Streets meeting took place at KIPP STRIVE Primary on September 28, 2017. Participants were presented with three recommended routes and were encouraged to provide further feedback for their preference in direction. Another meeting is anticipated in November or December 2017.

Neighbors can still provide feedback via the feedback card or email engage@atlbeltline.org.

Project History
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)

Repaving
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) started initial project preparations in the summer, and has started to repave and restripe Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in September 2017. 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.

Sidewalks/Streetscape
The City of Atlanta has hired the Atlanta BeltLine to facilitate the design process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly area along the road.

Monday Night Brewing Garage Grand Opening

Monday Night Brewing Garage Opens in West End

Monday Night Brewing held its grand opening on Saturday, September 23rd, and Sunday, September 24th in the Lee+White development in West End at the corner of White Street and Lee Street, just a skip and a hop over from Westview. It was a bustling Saturday, and a chill, family-friendly Sunday featuring the company’s traditional beers, as well as special barrel-aged and sour beers. Barrel-aged beers will be the focus of the West End facility, while the Westside facility will keep the production of the regular beers.

Starting on Friday, September 29th, coinciding with the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail opening, the Monday Night Brewing Garage will start its normal business hours:

Monday-Thursday: 4pm-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 12pm-10pm
Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Community Night at D Cafe

Westview Restaurants in the Press

Thanks to an influx of new businesses, Westview keeps being put back on the map. Eater Atlanta just released “Where to Eat and Drink in Castleberry Hill, West End, and Westview,” and KarbonStar Vitality, Greens & Gravy, and D Cafe made it on the list of places to go.

It should be noted that Greens & Gravy has been given several nods as of lately, such as being picked as Eater Atlanta’s #9 spot of “Atlanta’s Hottest New Brunches, September 2017,” Creative Loafing’s “First Look: Greens and Gravy,” and the AJC’s “This local spot is serving up some seriously good, honey-dripping fried chicken with biscuits.

Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta 2017 KarbonStar Vitality

Westview in CL’s Best of Atlanta 2017

Westview (and other southwest neighborhoods in close proximity) won big in Creative Loafing’s 2017 “Best of Atlanta!

The Good Hair Shop was picked as Readers Picks “Best natural hair salon.”

Brick + Mortar, owned by Westview-resident David Kowalski, was picked as Critics Picks “Best store for antiques and estate-sale gems.”

KarbonStar Vitality was one of numerous restaurants mentioned in the Critics Picks for “Best ’hood for vegans.”

Bell Street Burritos, owned by Westview-residents Matt and Erica Hinton, was picked as Readers Pick “Best burritos.”

Gangstas to Growers, a program run by Westview’s Abiodun Henderson, was picked as the Critics Picks “Best food revolutionary.”

7th Annual Veggie Taste

7th Annual Veggie Taste

The 7th annual The Veggie Taste was once again held in Westview on the grounds of KIPP STRIVE Academy. An array of vegan cooks offered their delicious meals as a DJ played music and a vendor market offered patrons goodies to purchase.

The Good Hair Shop Grand Re-Opening

The Good Hair Shop Grand Re-Opening

The Good Hair Shop held its Grand Re-Opening after some brief downtime during upgrades.

The re-opened store features a new concept, extending their handmade, all-natural, eco-friendly and chemical free products into a customizable, bespoke experience. You can even have The Good Hair Shop team of ‘Curlologists’ mix custom blended products for you.

Check out photos from the opening soirée.

Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street Meeting

Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street Meeting II

The second Ralph David Abernathy Complete Streets meeting was held on June 22, 2017 at KIPP STRIVE Academy. Attendees were split into three groups to visualize and provide input on the design of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Cascade Avenue.

Project History
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)

Repaving
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.

Sidewalks/Streetscape
The City of Atlanta has hired the Atlanta BeltLine to facilitate the design process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly area along the road.

Lean Draft House Grand Opening

Lean Draft House Opens on the Westside Trail

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.

Greens & Gravy Soft Opening

Greens & Gravy Soft Opening

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.