Beloved Reynoldstown cocktail bar H. Harper Station closed in April, leaving a significant void in Atlanta’s drinking and dining scene. But, a replacement may be on the way. Two independent tipsters tell Eater Atlanta Michael Lennox, owner of Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, is planning a new venture for the space.
A member of the Reynoldstown Neighbors Facebook group recently spotted a large shipping container in the parking lot behind the building, sparking wild speculation over what might be in store. Some commenters suggested a chain barbecue restaurant, while others mentioned the possibility of a sports bar. The conversation became so outlandish, Guy Fieri’s name was dropped a few times.
However, those Reynoldstown denizens wary of a generic chain moving into the neighborhood may be able to rest easy. Details are scarce, but one person aware of the deal says it will produce "a new concept, with a new name, from the same owners of Ladybird." Another individual in the know says Lennox has already signed a lease.
It isn’t the worst idea in the world for the restaurateur. Lennox opened Ladybird in September 2014, setting up shop at an Old Fourth Ward address adjacent to the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. In the two years since, the restaurant, with its large patio, regularly has been packed by patrons with a love for al fresco boozing and eating. In April, he expanded the concept by adding a bar, ping pong tables, and room for live music in the area of the property that butts right up against the trail. Ladybird has been one of the most successful restaurants to take advantage of close proximity to the project.
It isn’t open yet, but the BeltLine is finally making real progress on the portion of the trail that runs through Reynoldstown. Once it’s complete, the building that previously housed H. Harper Station will sit at the intersection of the BeltLine and Memorial Drive. That would seem to be an ideal location for a Ladybird spinoff.
In an email to Eater Atlanta, Lennox said he’s "not in a position to discuss anything regarding this site at the moment." Stay tuned.