Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, from owner Michael Lennox and executive chef Robert Lupo, should be opening on the BeltLine's Eastside Trail in the next few weeks, and Creative Loafing's Thomas Wheatley has an early look inside. Among the restaurant's features are a large patio and shuffleboard area, plenty of reclaimed materials, and an impressive portrait of a roaring bear.
Lennox hopes to open Ladybird in the first two weeks of August, and Lupo will be coming up with "modern campfire cuisine" in the kitchen. Look for dishes such as Navajo Fry Bread, fried smelt, and cheeseburgers ground in house. The bar will offer simple cocktails and a large number of domestic beers, focusing on Georgia and Southeastern brews. Hate dressing up? That's no problem; Lennox encourages diners to stop by in casual, BeltLine-friendly wear.
[Photo: Thomas Wheatley/Creative Loafing]