BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT:

Argosy hones in on local ingredients, outside dining, and giving back to the community

Argosy has not let the pandemic stop them from innovating. From locally sourced ingredients to the new socially-distanced beer garden, they’re doing everything they can to stay open while supporting their community and focusing on safety.

After the initial shutdown, they broke ground on a beer garden in their empty lot next door. Armando Celentano, one of the owners, said they’re “offering people the safest, most contact-free dining experience we can put together right now and still maintain a safe environment for our staff as well as our guests”. Argosy is making it possible for customers to order takeout with minimal contact and enjoy the beer garden with a sense of normalcy and at the same time keep the kitchen somewhat operational. 

Argosy has also shifted their menu to more locally sourced ingredients amongst the shutdown to support the local farmers. Celentano went on to say, “we’ve always been proud of our relationship with local purveyors and farmers. We get everything from Georgia that we can. Without focusing on local, we’re going to lose our farms, breweries, and bread companies”. 

Almost everything on the menu right now is locally sourced. The charcuterie is sourced from The Spotted Trotter, the hamburger is sourced from Stone Mountain Cattle on a local brioche bun, and every vegetable and side is sourced from a local farm. While they’re making a fraction of sales they normally do, they’re keeping the supply lines open to make sure that these local farms and breweries survive the pandemic. This has also allowed Chef Tyler Haake to flex his talent and creativity. “He’s extremely talented and we’re lucky to have him”, Celentano said.

Almost everything on the menu right now is locally sourced. The charcuterie is sourced from The Spotted Trotter, the hamburger is sourced from Stone Mountain Cattle on a local brioche bun, and every vegetable and side is sourced from a local farm. While they’re making a fraction of sales they normally do, they’re keeping the supply lines open to make sure that these local farms and breweries survive the pandemic. This has also allowed Chef Tyler Haake to flex his talent and creativity. “He’s extremely talented and we’re lucky to have him”, Celentano said.

With a passionate staff, Argosy has also become an organizational drop point of supplies for peaceful protestors looking for social justice. They’ve also supported the Branan Tower donation drive led by Liliana Bakhtiari that provided seniors with games, tablets, food, and artwork from children. The restaurant at one point used 60% of its space to hold donations and supplies.

Argosy is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm. Be on the lookout for their new online ordering system coming soon and check them out at www.argosy-east.com/

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Get Ready for the East Atlanta Strut In Place

Llamas, dragons, roosters, and peacocks – oh my! The 22nd annual East Atlanta Strut is right around the corner but this year’s Strut will look different than previous years. The Strut will still be packed with East Atlanta’s art, culture, and quirkiness but more safely, with three ways to play: socially distanced at a Village business, in your front yard, or from your couch! 

Michelle Rice, President of the East Atlanta Strut, explained, “instead of packing 10,000 people into East Atlanta Village, we’ve come up with a way for the neighborhood to celebrate from their front yards. The Strut organization becomes the matchmaker and promoter, helping neighbors and businesses come up with safe ways to celebrate East Atlanta”. 

Neighbors can strut their stuff by hosting an artist, band, or business such as King of Pops in their yard, or you can run a game, class, or contest. Did someone mention leaf blowers? The Strut is also looking for hosts to stage a leaf blower tournament. 

Businesses can also get in on the action by treating the Strut day like a Small Business Saturday promotion. Rice said, “we’re hoping they offer sales specials and they also can partner with the Strut to have a band, artist, game or other activity at their business”. 

Interested in strutting from the couch? This year you can! Tune in to the live stream on the Strut YouTube channel from around the neighborhood on September 26th. And yes, the leaf blower contest finals will be live-streamed from a secret location. 

This year the neighborhood will also be divided up into four different sections and the neighborhood with the most spirit will have $1,000 donated to a local non-profit. To learn which East Atlanta Village mascot represents your street and how to get involved, head over to eastatlantastrut.com 

DEVELOPMENT NEWS:

Coming to a tap near you… Hippin’ Hops Brewery and Oyster Bar

Hippin’ Hops Brewery and Oyster Bar plan on opening its doors around Halloween right next door to Holy Taco. Owned by EAV residents, Clarence Boston and Donnica Boston, Hippin’ Hops is pulling out all the stops to produce at least fifteen different styles of beer complimented by a full menu. “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Iron Chef International” contender Jamarius “J” Banks will run the kitchen producing menu items such as oyster rockefeller, charbroiled smoke gouda oysters, cajun shrimp, deviled eggs, New Orleans gumbo, alligator po’ boys, lobster & waffles, lobster rolls, blackened salmon, and more.

Clarence and Donnica returned to EAV earlier this year after they spent five years in Charlotte, where they own three restaurants. When Boston found out he was opening Georgia’s first black-owned, brick-and-mortar brewery, he said, “I couldn’t believe it and I’m just so thankful… making history makes me emotional”.

Breweries had been barred from operating in the Village, a commercially zoned area, until April of this year. Jeffery Oparnica of Sabbath Brewery was instrumental in the two-year legal effort that amended a law so microbreweries and distilleries could operate under a special permit. Hippin’ Hops will feature a three-barrel brewhouse with five-barrel unitanks accompanied by a restaurant seating around 60 people. The Bostons plan to offer live music and brewing classes as well.

The Bostons are passionate about the East Atlanta Village neighborhood and enjoy the friendliness of the community. Many years ago, Clarence used to get his haircut in the very same building that Hippin’ Hops is moving into.

EAV REAL ESTATE UPDATE

FEEDING HUNGRY FAMILIES + SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY

Giving back is in our roots! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with the East Atlanta Kids Club to provide food for Atlanta families in need. For each house transaction we close in East Atlanta, we will be donating $500 to the East Atlanta Kids Club to help them extend their reach and feed even more families!

We had the opportunity to chat with Ryan Downey, Executive Director at East Atlanta Kids Club, and he shared with us that each and every week, they are working to build as many food boxes as possible for families in need. The team relies solely on volunteers to help them pack, so if you’re willing and available to get involved in our community, reach out to the team to see how you can help! 404.627.8050

Special thanks go to all of our clients in the area who have helped up contribute! This year we have helped supply an additional 1,900 lbs of food for hungry families… and you can help us reach even more people! Our goal is to donate 10,000 lbs of food by the end of the year! Know anyone looking to buy or sell in East Atlanta? Send them our way so we can give back even more.