It appears the spiffification of Ponce de Leon Avenue will continue with some fast food charm replacing a biker-friendly sports bar. Curbed Atlanta takes note of a real estate listing that indicates Chick-fil-A will take over the Dugan's property at 777 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE.
The LoopNet listing markets the forthcoming Chick-fil-A to a potential buyer as a "trophy location" to attract desired demographics: "The community surrounding this Chick-fil-A location is among the densest and most affluent in the Southeast. More than 369,235 people with an average household income of $81,977 live within a five-mile radius of the property." And there's nothing affluent urban dwellers love more than a mass-market fast food restaurant with a reputation for close-mindedness, right?
The potential location is sandwiched between the famous Clermont Lounge directly to the east and a tattoo parlor and Murder Kroger to the west. Considering the seedy perception of those establishments, it remains to be seen how comfortable the wholesome folks at Chick-fil-A will be at the new Ponce address.
Dugan's, which opened on Ponce in 1982, continues to operate locations in Stone Mountain, Decatur, and South Fulton County.
Update: Reached for comment by phone, a Dugan's employee denied the report: "We're not closing. It's a rumor."