After years of planning, The Painted Duck has an opening date in sight. The forthcoming gaming parlor is set to debut in “early December,” a representative tells Eater Atlanta. It’s taking up residence in Westside’s Stockyards Atlanta development at 976 Brady Avenue NW.
The new business comes from Justin Amick and William Stallworth, who opened The Painted Pin in Buckhead in June 2014. With a similar operation, The Painted Duck will offer a variety of games in addition to the food and beverage. Instead of traditional bowling, there will be 16 lanes for duckpin bowling, which is played with smaller balls and pins and slightly different rules.
There will also be two lanes for Belgian feather bowling, a game that has been played at Cadieux Cafe in Detroit since 1933 and was introduced to America at large by Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations in 2009. The Painted Duck claims to be the second venue in the United States to offer the game.
Chef Thomas Collins, who also oversees the kitchen at The Painted Pin, is in charge of food operations. The menu hasn’t been finalized, but hungry gamers can expect small plates, dips, sliders, sandwiches, salads, and roasted meats on sticks. The Painted Pin’s Trip Sandifer is bar manager. He’s putting together a list of traditional and and updated cocktails, beers, and wines. Sandifer has a signature beverage for the Duck’s bar up his sleeve. He isn’t ready to reveal details, but it will apparently be “a riff on a drink from one of Atlanta’s most iconic institutions.” Intrigue.
The Painted Duck was first announced in June 2015 with hopes of a 2016 debut, but multiple construction delays at Stockyards Atlanta knocked that goal off course. The development is also home to Donetto, an Italian restaurant that opened in September.