North Nashville’s hip-hop-inspired Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria is opening two Atlanta locations in 2019. In addition to 581 Metropolitan Parkway in Adair Park — announced in January — owners Clinton Gray, Derrick Moore, and Emanuel Reed will also open a Slim & Husky’s in the former One Rooster space (née Real Chow Baby) at the corner of Howell Mill Road and 11th Street in Westside. That location should open in late February or early March.
The partners had hoped to open on Metropolitan Parkway this year. The plan was to build several commercial units there, in addition to Slim & Husky’s. However, those plans have been restructured to only include the restaurant. Metropolitan Parkway should open next summer.
“We wanted to open something in Atlanta in early 2019 so, when the Howell Mill space became available in our search, we liked it,” Gray tells Eater Atlanta. “It’s a turnkey project and gives us the opportunity to be in a busy area like Howell Mll, as well as in a more underserved community, like Metropolitan Parkway and Adair Park.”
Demolition has already begun on the Howell Mill outpost. Gray is actively looking for Atlanta artists to produce pieces for the restaurant. The partners see the potential foot traffic from residents of the future mixed-use apartment complexes under construction between 14th and Marietta Streets and from visitors to existing area attractions, like Westside Provisions District and the Northside Tavern, as a big plus.
The menu for both Atlanta locations will be the same as their three restaurants in Nashville. Most pizzas are named for songs by various hip-hop and R&B artists — the Rony, Roni, Rone!, for instance, is named for the group Tony! Toni! Toné! and includes three types of pepperoni.
Slim & Husky’s just introduced a new meat lovers pizza to the menu, the Cee No Green. Gray and his partners fed Atlanta’s Goodie Mob and the pizza’s eponym, CeeLo Green — the crooner from the group — before they performed in Nashville last month. Apparently, the members of Goodie Mob and CeeLo loved the pizza.
Gray says Slim & Husky’s ATL vibe will be felt most in the artwork throughout the restaurants and the beers offered from local Atlanta and Georgia breweries. Dine-in and take-out are planned for both locations. A take-out window is being installed at the Metropolitan restaurant, which is staying open later in the evening to better serve students attending Morehouse, Clark-Atlanta University, and Spelman.
And, this won’t be the last Atlanta locations. There are plans to expand Slim & Husky’s to other areas around the city.
“We really feel like Atlanta will be a great city for Slim & Husky’s. Opening here is big for us. I know our friends from Hattie B’s are finding success in Atlanta,” says Gray. “We hope to be the next Nashville restaurant to find success in Atlanta. We’re excited to be in the ATL.”
1016 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta; 581 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta. slimandhuskys.com.