A rum distillery called Atlantica Distilling Company, owned by Ronford Howell, is opening Ateliea House of Rum at the Beacon in Grant Park later this year. The distillery was approved during a recent meeting of the neighborhood planning unit NPU-W, which incorporates several southeast Atlanta neighborhoods, including Grant Park, Ormewood Park, and East Atlanta. The distillery’s website yields little information, other than it’s “bringing sexy back to rum” and it will be located in building B at the Beacon.
Ateliea plans to create an amber rum and a black spiced rum, as well as a yet-categorized “surprise” rum and will offer paid memberships in The Wing Society. Each membership tier of the society grants access to private tours, tastings, and events and provides discounts and special privileges at the distillery.
The distilling company takes its name from one of the original monikers for Atlanta, Atlantica-Pacifica; the terminus point where two railroads met in what was then known as “Marthasville”. The Beacon will eventually be located along the Southside trail of the Beltline, which is part of a former railroad corridor that encircles the city of Atlanta.
Atlantica and Ateliea join Patria Cocina, Buteco, Pin & Proper, Baker Dude, and Eventide Brewing already open at the Beacon — an 110,000-square-foot restaurant and retail redevelopment project of six industrial warehouses on the border of Grant Park and Peoplestown.
Eater Atlanta has reached out again for more details.
Update, January 23, 7:45 p.m.: This story was updated with further information regarding the name, the owner, and details on the distillery.
1039 Grant Street SE, Suite B34, Atlanta. ateliea.com.