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Kevin Gillespie's Beer Garden Opens This Friday

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Communion is setting up shop in Revival's backyard

Melissa Libby & Associates

With patio season in full swing, Kevin Gillespie is ready to debut his latest project. Gillespie is opening a beer garden, dubbed Communion, in the backyard of Revival this Friday at 4 p.m. Reps for the restaurant tell Eater Atlanta the beer garden will include games and snacks to go with the suds.

"In the truest sense of the word, Communion means ‘to share,' and that is our guiding inspiration behind the new outdoor space," the James Beard Award-nominated chef said in a prepared statement. "We love to treat our guests like family at Revival, extending that hospitality to cookouts in the front yard and supper on the side porch. Now, the backyard is our final addition. It's a place where friends and neighbors can meet and share a drink, a snack from our food truck, or play a game of horseshoes together."

Communion's eats will come out of a food truck, where Andreas Müller, executive chef at the Decatur restaurant, plans to serve his take on "classic German beer garden snacks." Among the bites, look for grilled rye with Kartoffelkäse (a potato and sour cream spread); Bavarian-style pretzels with hot mustard and Obatzda (cheese spread); and grilled sausages with sauerkraut, mustard, and beef fat-fried potatoes. The beverage list is comprised of European-style draft and bottled session beers, Old World wines, punches, and batched cocktails.

Instead of closing out tabs with cash or credit, Communion patrons will purchase tokens for $5 apiece in advance. The Revival team says most snacks and drinks will cost one to three tokens, and gratuity is already factored into the price. Unused tokens rollover to later visits.

Communion's hours are weather permitting, but it's scheduled to offer regular service Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to Revival's close, Saturday from 11 a.m. to close, and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to close.

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