Charleston’s Queen Street Grocery (QSG) is headed to Atlanta. Eater Atlanta received a tip that owner/actor Rob Bouton is opening a sister location of his popular Holy City neighborhood cafe and market in Inman Park. After checking out QSG’s Instagram stories on Tuesday, that location is the former Across the Street (ATS) Mexican restaurant and its adjacent market at 668 and 670 Highland Avenue NE on the border of Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward. ATS and its market closed in February.
As for QSG, the corner store and cafe opened in 1922 on Queen Street in the Harleston Village neighborhood of Charleston. And, apparently, it’s lived a very full life over the last 96 years. QSG has been everything from an apothecary to a full-on grocery store. Now owned by Bouton, QSG is a Charleston go-to for chill vibes and affordable eats like crepes and pressed sandwiches. The cafe, which also sells beer and wine, is a perennial on Eater Charleston’s cheap eats and breakfast maps.
Eater Atlanta reached out to Bouton for more details on the Atlanta cafe; including if the name will remain the same as its Charleston sister and when he expects to open. The space is already set up for a restaurant and market from its previous iterations, which could speed up the buildout process. The cafe and market are located off of the Freedom Park trail and across from Highland Bakery at Highland Avenue and Sampson Street. Other nearby neighbors include Queen of Cream, Zuma Sushi, and Jack’s Pizza & Wings.