Midtown bar Establishment at Colony Square is closing temporarily for renovations and to transform its patio into an outdoor bar called “Tight Squeeze”. Both bars expect to reopen sometime in March or early April, and include a complete makeover of the food and drinks.
The redo will see an update to Establishment’s interior as well as expand the patio by nearly 1,200-square-feet to become Tight Squeeze. The new bar will overlook Colony Square’s green space, the Grove, and offer access to Main and Main — a 28,000-square-foot food hall next door. People will eventually enter Establishment and Tight Squeeze via either 14th Street through the Grove or from inside the Colony Square complex.
The name Tight Squeeze is inspired by the area’s post-Civil War history, when Peachtree Street curved in order to avoid a ravine near 10th Street. Peachtree was eventually straightened and the ravine filled. It’s said wary merchants traveling along the much narrower corridor remarked that “it took a mighty tight squeeze to get through with one’s life.”
Establishment also plans to revamp its food menu and completely make over its cocktails with “eccentric drink styles inspired by 1990s mixology” and plays on soda-based high balls using ingredients like Japanese pop rocks.
“Colony Square’s redevelopment has inspired our team to renew our approach toward the drinking and dining experience at Establishment,” owner David Reed says in the press release. “We are thrilled to be part of this iconic transformation and to introduce a new experiential bar and community-driven atmosphere along one of the most vibrant corridors in the Southeast.”
Colony Square, located at the corner of Peachtree and 14th streets, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar overhaul to include the new food hall, office and retail space, residences, a hotel, and an iPic dine-in theatre.