A rendering of the new Souper Jenny on the campus of the Atlanta History Center. (Courtesy Jennifer Levison)
A rendering of the new Souper Jenny on the campus of the Atlanta History Center. (Courtesy Jennifer Levison)

Souper Jenny will close her flagship restaurant on East Andrews Drive in Buckhead and move to a shiny new spot on the campus of the Atlanta History Center next April.

Owner Jennifer Levison posted the announcement and renderings of the new Souper Jenny on Facebook.

Here’s what Levison had to say about the move:

“We’ve had a fantastic 16 year history of our own in our tiny Buckhead store, but I am over the moon about this new partnership and I believe, for us, it’s the next step in my vision of creating community here in Atlanta. I believe it will bring so many wonderful opportunities to both of us.

When Sheffield Hale, President and CEO of The Atlanta History Center, first approached me about the idea, I was skeptical. I always had a preconceived notion about what the History Center was and who they attracted and didn’t think our bohemian cafe was a good fit. Their new mission is to turn these old perceptions upside down and to introduce a new, more approachable museum with something for everyone. THIS is the perfect fit for the culture of Souper Jenny.

The Souper Jenny at The History Center which is being designed by the fabulous, Mandy Culpepper, will be a cross between what a chic, but funky cafe at Anthropologie would look like and the coffee shop from “Friends”.
Guests are encouraged to “come as they are” just as they did at the old location. There will svn be a kids area just like our original location!

The best news… there will be plenty of parking! There will be reserved parking spaces right out front for take out orders as well as a 250 car parking garage less than 100 feet from the front door with an elevator as well for handicapped access.

Entrance to the museum is not necessary to enter the cafe. There will be 50 plus seats inside as well as a gorgeous patio looking out to Veteran’s Park.

The menu will remain true to your Souper Jenny standards. Fresh soups, salads and sandwiches that change daily according to what is fresh in the market, dinners to go, fresh, organic juices and gluten free desserts from Juicy Jenny as well as a full coffee bar.

We also will be open 7 days a week which is fantastic and our incredible space will also be available to host events and parties for up to 100 people.

Another unique experience within the café space is the inclusion of a specialty bookstore, which is emphasized by a tailor-designed mezzanine level to be built over a portion of the café and feature curated book sections. Guests and visitors enjoy a unique mix of specialty sections and topics, including Southern studies, Atlanta history, architecture, gardening, and a wide selection of cookbooks, as well as a dedicated children’s section.

Souper Jenny at the Atlanta History Center plans to open Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 in conjunction with the opening of the History Center’s new 7,700-square-foot permanent exhibition highlighting Atlanta’s history.”

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.