This is not a drill, Atlanta. Nashville hot chicken is finally on its way. Hattie B’s officially opens on Moreland Avenue in Little Five Points next Thursday, July 12. The Nashville-based restaurant is owned by the father-and-son team of Nick Bishop Sr. and Nick Bishop Jr.
Several construction delays, mainly due to the historic nature of the property, kept pushing the opening date out further over the last year. The 2700-square-foot restaurant is located in what was originally a 1950s Phillips 66 gas station. The building’s last occupant was Little Five Points Coin Laundry.
”We gravitate to unique buildings, often with a history, where we can express our brand and create an entertaining dining experience,” Bishop, Jr. says. “We have an appreciation for historic buildings; especially these days as many are torn down. It takes time when you’re renovating a historic structure because you want to honor the history of the building while modernizing it and making it into a restaurant.”
Hattie B’s-Atlanta seats 80 people inside and 56 people on its covered patio. The restaurant includes its own parking lot with 19 (free) spaces—a rare amenity in Little Five Points.
Hattie B’s is one of the most anticipated—and closely watched—restaurant openings in the city since announcing its intention to head south to Atlanta in December 2016. Bishop Jr. told Eater Atlanta at the time the city “was kind of at the top of the list” when the pair considered expanding beyond Nashville.
“The response feels incredible, and we’re excited. I’ve always had a great affection for Atlanta...my dad, grandfather and uncle have all lived here,” says Bishop Jr. “I’m also a big Braves fan and have great memories of going to the games with my dad. For us, opening a restaurant here is a big step and great opportunity. We gotta knock it out of the park.”
The restaurant’s fried chicken comes in six levels of heat: Southern (no heat), mild, medium, hot, damn hot to the daredevil’s dream, and Shut the Cluck Up. The menu offers sides like the oft-ordered pimento mac and cheese and desserts like banana pudding.
The Atlanta menu also features a selection of local beers. Scofflaw, Creature Comfort, Wild Heaven, neighboring Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Gate City, Orpheus, and Arches are on regular rotation as well as Terrapin and SweetWater. Hattie B’s may not have its liquor license by opening day next week but, a representative says they expect it to come through very soon.
Call-in (to-go) orders and online ordering will be ready to launch by August 1.
Hattie B’s has three locations in its hometown of Nashville as well as outposts in Memphis and Birmingham.
Open Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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299 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta. hattieb.com.