Communion Cantina, the backyard beer garden behind Revival in Decatur, is transforming into a private-events space. Owner Kevin Gillespie is making the change to accommodate increased demand for parties and to move away from an unpredictable schedule that is dependent on nice weather.
“By transitioning to private events, Communion can maximize use of the space and alleviate disappointing guests who could not depend on a set schedule,” a spokesperson tells Eater Atlanta. “Gillespie also plans to host Terminus City BBQ pop-ups there.”
Gillespie debuted Communion as a seasonal business last spring, and he brought the operation back with a Mexican theme this year. But, with Communion only opening during dry weather, changing conditions often caused the beer garden to shut down on short notice.
Gillespie opened Revival in the former Harbour House Pub space at 129 Church Street in July 2015. Executive chef Andreas Müller helms the kitchen as executive chef. Gillespie and Müller attempt to give diners the experience of eating at an old Southern grandmother’s house, serving traditional regional dishes.
It’s possible Communion could reopen to the public next year, according to the spokesperson. That decision is still to be made.