Parking at Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highland might be a little more dicey now that Selig Enterprises is finally starting work on a 16-unit townhome development in the restaurant’s former main parking lot.
The parking lot, which sits at the corner of North Highland Avenue and Williams Mill Road adjacent to Manuel’s, has already been fenced off, the ATM removed and ground broken by heavy machinery. Parking is still available behind Manuel’s and across the street next door to Java Vino, but is being strictly enforced for restaurant’s customers only, which means car booting if you’re not a Manuel’s customer.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Manuel’s owner Brian Maloof explained the changes. “First, let me make clear that the changes are taking place because of a new residential development is coming to the large parking lot across Williams Mill from Manuel’s. That development is not Manuel’s project. Rather it is a project of the Selig company, which owns all the land that used to belong to Manuel’s. Yes, including the land where Manuel’s sits.”
The building Manuel’s has called home for more than 60 years and its parking lots were sold to Selig back in 2015 and Maloof reached an agreement with the developer for a longterm lease. In exchange, Manuel’s Tavern was saved from closure and received an extensive renovation. The large dining room area behind the bar was turned into two retail spaces that have yet to find tenants.
Maloof admitted that there have already been mistakes made with the booting system, but urged patrons to be patient. “Please be assured that Manuel’s will continue to explore possibilities for maximizing parking availability at the tavern. As we adapt to reduced parking , we appreciate your patience and your understanding.”
Selig and its then development partner Green Street Properties had originally planned a mixed-use development with residential and retail for the parking lot. According to a report in the AJC, Selig worked with local neighborhood associations to arrive at the townhome configuration.
INtown has reached out to Selig for more details on the development.