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This Rooftop Restaurant Banks on Being an ‘Oasis’ From Westside’s Gridlock

Ponce City Market’s Skyline Park owners will open The Grove at the Interlock on Howell Mill Road in 2020

Rendering of the Grove on the roof of the Interlock on Howell Mill Road
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Slater Hospitality, the group behind Ponce City Market’s Nine Mile Station, Skyline Park, and tower cocktail bar and gaming room RFD Social, is opening a 12,000-square-foot restaurant and outdoor bar called The Grove on the roof of The Interlock. The complex is the latest mixed-use behemoth set to begin construction in Westside and should open in 2020 at the traffic-choked intersection of 14th Street and Howell Mill Road.

The Grove hopes to be the area’s “rooftop oasis.”

It’s unclear what type of cuisine will be offered at the Grove or if diners will need to pay an entrance fee to gain access to the roof as they do at Ponce City Market. A representative speaking for real estate developer S.J. Collins Enterprises and Slater Hospitality says the restaurant and bar will be open to the public.

Regardless of how people gain access to the roof, once up there, the one acre “oasis” will include unhindered views of a substantial portion of the Atlanta skyline from Buckhead to downtown.

The Interlock is one of three large mixed-used projects offering residences, restaurants, and retail planned for a stretch of Howell Mill from 14th to 8th Streets. The $450 million complex will also include apartments, a 145-room boutique hotel, restaurants, retail, and a members-only pool and lounge on the roof. All of this is being designed to “encourage” walking and biking. A green space is also planned and a path will run throughout the property.

It should be noted, the Howell Mill Road portion of the Renew Atlanta “complete streets” initiative is in jeopardy of being either underfunded or cut completely from the project list. It’s part of a $250 million Renew Atlanta bond program that would make it safer for cyclists, pedestrians, and buses to travel through heavily-trafficked corridors like Howell Mill Road. Instead, Renew Atlanta officials say updating and syncing up the traffic lights along Howell Mill should take top priority.

Eater Atlanta has reached out for more details.

Ponce City Market

675 North Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 900-7900 Visit Website

Skyline Park

675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (770) 999-1530 Visit Website

Nine Mile Station

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 Visit Website