The new restaurant from retail shop Hop City Craft Beer and Wine has a name — Boxcar. Hop City announced in January it would open a new retail store and yet-named restaurant at the Lee + White complex in West End. Boxcar and Hop City will be located next to Monday Night Garage. Both should could open early next year.
Chef Matty Hutchins is planning a “well-made pub food” menu filled with burgers, sandwiches, and salads as well as larger plates using ingredients from local farms. A rotating list of 80 beers will be on draft at the bar, along with cocktails and wine.
The restaurant’s name is fitting; Lee + White is located just off the Westside Beltline trail, an old railroad corridor. Boxcar’s design draws inspiration from the freight cars often covered in graffiti along urban railways. It includes a mural of author and celebrated railroad drifter, Leon Ray Livingston, created by Atlanta artist Catlanta. Livingston, who often traveled under the name “A-No.1” and was referred to as “the Rambler,” wrote 12 books and is said to have created the secret street code still used today to indicate the locations of free food, jobs, kind people, etc. in cities.
Hop City plans to donate a portion of Boxcar’s sales to the Atlanta Mission and will partner with WorkSource Georgia in community projects.
“Our retail space will be a little more curated on the beer side with closer to 1,000 choices compared to the 1,900 or so at our original Westside store,” owner Kraig Torres says in the press release. “You’ll also see a generous selection of small-production wines hand-picked by our equally-passionate wine team.”
In addition to its Westside shop, Hop City also has a small store with a bar at Krog Street Market.
This will be Hop City’s second restaurant. The shop also owns Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar in Alpharetta. A second location of that restaurant is planned for Pinewood Forest in Fayetteville.
Hop City’s Lee + White neighbors include Monday Night Brewing, fermented market and kombucha taproom Cultured South, the forthcoming Best End Brewpub, and planned second locations of Wild Heaven Beer and ASW Distillery.