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Dueling Piano Bar Park Bench Abandons Buckhead for Cobb County

After more than 25 years in Buckhead, Park Bench plans to reopen at Battery Atlanta near SunTrust Park next year

A shot of a bar back with bottles of liquor Getty images
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Much like the Braves did in 2017 when they pulled up stakes in Summerhill for a shiny new stadium in Cobb County, dive-y dueling piano bar Park Bench is abandoning Buckhead after more than two decades for those same suburban pastures at Battery Atlanta. The longtime bar’s Buckhead location was sold last week to the owners of neighboring bar, Stagecoach.

Park Bench takes over a space just south of SunTrust Park across from Wahlburgers and Cru Food and Wine Bar at the complex some time during the Braves 2020 season, according to the press release.

This scrubbed up version of Park Bench plans to provide acoustic music throughout the afternoon and its dueling piano act in the early evening, followed by local and national bands at night. The slightly larger location also includes more patio space, VIP bottle service, and a private events area.

As for the piano bar’s humble digs on Irby Avenue, it’s being taken over by country western bar Stagecoach. The owners plan to renovate and expand into the former Park Bench space.

Eater Atlanta reached out for more details.

The former Park Bench bar next to Stagecoach on Irby Avenue in Buckhead
Park Bench on Irby Avenue in Buckhead
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A rendering of the interior of Park Bench dueling piano bar at Battery Atlanta JBB

Ph’east, a street food market hall located across from Aloft Hotel at Battery Atlanta, should open by the end of the year. Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro, Poke Burri, Lifting Noodles Ramen, Kung Fu Tea, and self-serve beer, wine, and cocktail bar the Taps all plan to open stalls inside Ph’east.

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Lifting Noodles Ramen

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