Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur is temporarily closed for some not-so-minor renovations—a new patio and upgrades to the restrooms are in the works. Owner Ethan Wurtzel says Twain’s should reopen sometime in July. It’s been closed since June 18.
Renovations to the 20-plus-year-old space also includes resurfacing the dining tables, replacing all of the restaurant’s windows, and a new bar in the back pool room.
“Our restaurant space is more than 20-years-old, and we wanted to make some improvements that will take us through the next 20 years,” Wurtzel tells Eater Atlanta. “There will be some dramatic changes, including a new patio, storefronts, and renovated bathrooms.”
Wurtzel opened Twain’s in downtown Decatur in 1996 as a bar and pool hall. Twain’s became a brewpub in 2006. This transformation completed Wurtzel’s long-range plan to eventually brew beer on the premises and kept Twain’s competitive in Atlanta’s growing restaurant and craft beer scene. David Stein—co-founder and head brewer of Creature Comfort Brewing in Athens—was one of Twain’s head brewers during its early brewpub days
Twain’s found its food footing under the leadership of chef Savannah Sasser six years ago who brought a fresh, local approach to the menu. Sasser moved on to lead the kitchen at Hampton & Hudson in 2017 where she remained until this past April. She is now at the helm of Jerry and Krista Slater’s (H. Harper Station) latest venture The Expat in Athens. Twain’s kitchen is currently being lead by chef Ryan Burke.