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Chef Kevin Gillespie Gets in on the Pop-Up Game With Ole Reliable

It opens at the 52-story Georgia-Pacific Center downtown for breakfast and lunch, and Cold Beer opens July 4 on the Beltline

Kevin Gillespie
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Gunshow chef Kevin Gillespie opens his pop-up breakfast and lunch counter Ole Reliable early next month inside the Georgia-Pacific building on Peachtree Street downtown.

Despite its office tower location, the take-away restaurant replacing Aramark cafe is open to the public at the 52-story building. Coffee served at Ole Reliable comes from Edgewood Avenue coffee roastery and shop Docent in the Old Fourth Ward.

“I’m really excited about setting up shop downtown and providing the hard-working folks at Georgia-Pacific Center with a morning pick-me-up or a midday meal,” Gillespie says in the press release. “This is our first foray into coffee which I love and have been obsessed with for years. It’s also fun to have a chance to serve our guests during the day, as currently we only serve dinner at our restaurants.”

Ole Reliable, Kevin Gillespie

It’s been a busy few months for Gillespie and his mini-restaurant empire. The chef opens beer garden and restaurant Cold Beer on July 4 along the Eastside Beltline later this summer. It’s his first full-service restaurant since the opening of Revival in Decatur four years ago. Gillespie nabbed chef Brian Baxter, previously of Husk-Nashville, to lead the kitchen at Cold Beer.

He also said goodbye to Gunshow’s longtime executive chef Joey Ward in January, who opens his first restaurant, Georgia Boy, and an adjacent cocktail lounge, Southern Belle, in Poncey-Highland later this year. Gillespie tapped Chris McCord as Ward’s replacement at Gunshow.

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