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Red’s Beer Garden Celebrates Its Benteen Park Debut This Friday

Hot dogs, cheeseballs, and plenty of beer, wine, and cider

A shot of Red’s Beer Garden at night with a rainbow neon lit awning above the front door in Benteen Park, Atlanta Red’s Beer Garden
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Red’s Beer Garden opens Friday, January 17, on Boulevard in Benteen Park, just south of Grant Park. Owned by Kristen Sumpter and Ed Sumpter, Red’s offers six beers on tap as well as over 250 bottles and cans of beer, wine, cider, mead, hard seltzer, and nonalcoholic beverages.

The beer garden celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, January 25, and plans to donate ten percent of all food and drink sales to Community Farmers Market — a Grant Park-based nonprofit connecting residents to local food purveyors and farmers through weekly markets and events.

Hot dogs, cheeseballs, and free cookies from Just Bakery make up the food menu for the grand opening celebration.

Customers place drink and food orders inside and can choose from six premade beef or vegan hot dogs, with the option to create hot dogs from a selection of toppings. Self-serve snacks such as chips, popcorn, trail mix, and chocolates are also available for purchase.

People grab drinks at the bar or from the self-serve refrigerators, and can help themselves to snacks or order a Pigman Goods beef hot dog or a vegan dog made from Beyond Meat “sausage”.

“Much like visiting a brewery, customers can start a tab or pay as they go,” Kristen Sumpter told Eater Atlanta in July.

Red’s Beer Garden

Red’s includes 50 seats inside and an additional 25 seats outside on the back deck overlooking a wooded area.

In July, Kristen Sumpter told Eater she and her husband spent time discussing the beer garden with Benteen Park residents and discovered their concerns over nearby viable dining options. Sumpter said at the time the neighborhood was “very supportive” of Red’s and ready to claim it as “their own.”

“We are excited to be a fun spot for Benteen Park and the surrounding neighborhoods! We held an open house in December, and neighbors were walking, biking and scooting over,” Sumpter tells Eater.

A directional sign inside Red’s Beer Garden indicating where to go for beer, food, or the cooler Red’s Beer Garden

The Sumpters are no strangers to the restaurant and brewery industries. In addition to her full time job with the University of Georgia, Kristen Sumpter worked in the taproom at Eventide Brewing in Grant Park. Ed Sumpter has worked for the past few years in restaurant management throughout Atlanta.

They received a Beltline Facade pARTnership grant, which allowed them to pair up with a local artist to make improvements to the exterior of the building. Beltline facade grants are given to businesses like Red’s within the Beltline Tax Allocation District (TAD) in hopes of revitalizing commercial areas and attract new businesses along and adjacent to the 22-mile trail looping the city of Atlanta. Red’s resides just off of the forthcoming Southside Beltline trail. The interim trail is open, but currently unpaved.

Take a look at the hot dog menu:

The food menu for Red’s Beer Garden in Benteen Park, Atlanta

Monday - Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

1328 Boulevard SE, Atlanta.