A rendering of The Grove at Ladybird.
A rendering of The Grove at Ladybird.

Old Fourth Ward eatery Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall will soon bring the “grove” part of its name to life along the  Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.

Ladybird, located at mile marker 9.25 on the Eastside Trail or 648 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., will expand to include a more than 4,000-square-foot outdoor “grove” with a bar. Landscape work will begin this month and the grove will open in late January. Keeping with restaurant owner Michael Lennox’s vision, the new dining area will take cues from national parks, camping and westward travels.

Plans for the Grove include flanking its four corners with large teepees, each with seating for four to six people. There will also be patio furniture arranged in clusters with Adirondack chairs and retro metal gliders, as well as a number of communal, beer garden tables. The outdoor bar will be housed in a vintage camper van, while strings of lights will illuminate two ping-pong tables for nighttime games. There will also be regular live music performances on the weekends.

Collin Kelley

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.