For those who have been curious about what's happening with the renovation at Manuel's Tavern, which temporarily shuttered in December, here's an update from the Poncey-Highland bar's Facebook page. Owner Brian Maloof posted the photos that show a gutted Manuel's interior. Maloof notes the project has "had a slow start," but it's obviously well underway.
Maloof and Green Street Properties, new owner of the building that houses Manuel's, announced the redevelopment a little more than a year ago. The bar will become the centerpiece of a six-story mixed-use development, but Maloof, along with executives at Green Street and Selig Enterprises, which recently came on as an investor, have continuously tried to assure Atlantans the iconic watering hole will not lose any of its historic charm.
When the plans were announced, Maloof said "key memorabilia will be cleaned and restored" and "we may even preserve some dust." The owner, son of Manuel's founder Manuel Maloof, explained it was simply a move to "get a major and much-needed structure and infrastructure upgrade." The photos below show what that looks like.
It seems Maloof is making good on his promise to preserve some of that "key memorabilia." In addition to the construction photos, he recently revealed a beloved office door will remain intact.
I took a phone call concerned over the office door with the bumper stickers on it. It is still here it will stay here.... It is not not part of the demo and it'll be here when you return...Posted by Manuel's Tavern on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Once the renovation is complete, Manuel's will lose about 2,000 square feet of interior room, which will become a new retail space, and it will add al fresco seating on a patio. The new development will include parking, retail, and 71 apartments.