The 8th annual Great Atlanta Beerfest will be held Oct. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive. There will be more than 150 beers and a selection of 25-plus wines and ciders to choose from. There will also be live music, DJs, games and food for purchase. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the gate. For more, visit

Docent Coffee

Docent Coffee is expected to open this month in the same space as Café + Velo at 381 Edgewood Ave. in the Old Fourth Ward. The shop will serve coffee, tea, baked goods and light fare. For more, visit

Estrella, a Yucatecan-inspired cocktail club and restaurant overlooking the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, has opened at Common Ground in Poncey-Highland. Housed atop Bazati—an all-day destination for shopping, dining and imbibing—Estrella features an open-air bar, umbrella seating and a list of bubbly and classic Latin cocktails, such as Hemingway daiquiris and pisco sours. Guests can expect both shareable small plates and main dishes rooted in Mexican specialties, such as ceviche and adobo chicken and regional Yucatecan specialties, including cochinita spring rolls and chayitas. For more information, visit

Eater Atlanta reports that Atlanta BeltLine founder Ryan Gravel will open a restaurant in the Telephone Factory Lofts along the Eastside Trail. Aftercar is expected to open next spring The “philanthropub” will help fund Gravel’s nonprofit organization, Generator – a civic-based, public think tank for improving cities and communities through workshops and programming.

The owners of Le Bilboquet will open Le Colonial at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta next Spring. The Vietnamese-French restaurant already has locations in Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago.

Colony Square is teaming up with local breweries to launch Brews in the Sky every Thursday in October from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to listen to live music, enjoy barbecue from Williamson Bros., and sip on a selection of craft beers served by brewery experts while soaking up breathtaking views of the city from the Colony Square helipad. Visit for more information and tickets.

Chef Craig Richards has been named as the new executive chef at Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park. Richards will work with restaurateur Billy Streck on forthcoming projects to be announced at a later date. He most recently served as executive chef at St. Cecilia and as vice president of culinary operations at Ford Fry Restaurants.

Atlas, located inside the St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead, is renovating its terrace space to serve as a stand-alone bar and dining destination with chef-driven small plates, cuisine from the dining room, cocktails and live music.  The renovated terrace will debut in Spring 2019.

Chef Matt Weinstein has been named executive chef of Biltong Bar – Buckhead, which is slated to open this fall in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. For updates, visit

Georgia’s original craft brewery is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a big announcement – it is rebranding from Red Brick Brewing Co back to its original name, Atlanta Brewing Co. “The craft beer market has changed significantly over the last several years and we felt it was important to highlight the changes and improvements that we’ve made here at the brewery” said President Garett Lockhart “As a 25-year-old craft brewery, it is important for us to be innovative and stay relevant in an increasingly competitive market. These changes set the table for us to truly reintroduce ourselves to a growing craft consumer base.” For more, visit

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.