Curbed Atlanta | Rehabbed Summerhill buildings turned over to future tenants; openings in sight

Now that the bones of several old buildings on Georgia Avenue have been restored, developer Carter has turned the keys over to retail tenants that can move in, build out, and gear up for grand openings.

The four businesses—Wood’s Chapel BBQ, Halfway Crooks Beer, Little Tart Bake Shop, and Big Softie Ice Cream—are part of Carter’s first phase of redevelopment of the Summerhill corridor, which will include 37,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

These eateries and the brewery are slated to open intermittently though spring 2019. Openings were originally expected to begin this past summer, with the brewery leading the way, pending permits.

At 66 and 68 Georgia Avenue, Big Softie and Little Tart are primed to open up for business in December and sometime in spring 2019, respectively.

At 60 Georgia Avenue, Halfway Crooks, which has been rehabbed in a way that maintains the building’s “original texture,” is expected to debut with a 10-barrel draft beer system and a 1,500-square-foot rooftop, according to a Carter press release.

“We focused on details—from a custom cement tile to the cracks of the original plaster walls—that cultivate the brewery’s character and tell a story about the building’s past,” said Square Feet Studio’s Holden Spaht, who worked with Halfway Crooks on the design, per the release.

The biggest of the bunch, Wood’s Chapel, is claiming 10,000 square feet at 85 Georgia Avenue and will include outdoor seating and “an experimental component of seeing the meat smoked on-site.”

Carter will also soon launch the second phase of its Summerhill redevelopment, which is expected to deliver an additional 53,000 square feet of commercial space to the neighborhood, officials said.


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By Sean Keenan for Curbed Atlanta

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