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City Winery Faces More Construction Delays, Pushes Opening Again

The latest delay was announced Friday morning

A rendering of City Winery.
A rendering of City Winery.
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City Winery, the forthcoming restaurant/wine bar/music venue, is already facing a delayed opening. Originally planning to launch this month, owner Michael Dorf announced in March construction delays were forcing the debut to be pushed back to June 4. Now, the opening is delayed once again.

"Due to further unavoidable construction delays, we've been told the Certificate of Occupancy will be delayed at least one week," Dorf said in a statement issued Friday. "We're monitoring the construction site daily, so we can open as soon as it's ready. Also, we'd like to give a special thanks to the City of Atlanta for their help and assistance. All shows and events before June 12 will be rescheduled at City Winery for a later date or relocated in Atlanta."

Dorf is facing the unfortunate reality that so many local restauranteurs have come to know: It seems to be nearly impossible to hit a targeted opening date in Atlanta. It's a bigger problem for City Winery because the delays are forcing booked concerts to be postponed, moved, or canceled.

"Updates for subsequent shows will be announced on Facebook and Twitter as well as directly communicated to ticketholders via email," Dorf said. "All current ticketholders for shows affected by the delay will receive two house seats to a non-sold out City Winery Atlanta show of their choosing and a $50 City Winery gift card.

"We're very sorry for the delay and can't wait to show Atlanta our finished space soon."

When City Winery does open at 650 North Ave., right next to Ponce City Market, Jeffrey McGar will run the kitchen as executive chef. The Atlanta outpost is the fourth for the concept, following New York, Chicago, and Nashville. A Napa Valley location recently closed.