Cocktail lounge and nightclub the Sound Table closes after a decade on the corner of Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue, according to a Facebook post late last week. Considered one of Atlanta’s original cocktail bars, the Sound Table has seen some of the city’s best bartenders behind the stick over the years, including Navarro Carr and Ticonderoga Club’s Paul Calvert.
The closure has been in the works for months prior to the pandemic.
“For the past few years, we’ve been considering making some big changes as we reached our 10th anniversary (which fell on the 30th of April this year),” the Facebook post reads, in part. “Fortunately, we found the ideal couple in our buyers, Greg and Noelle, who were ready to take on the challenge of carrying forward the legacy of 483 Edgewood Ave, under a new identity but with a faithful reverence to the ethos of ST.”
Longtime Sound Table patrons Greg Johnson and Noelle Taylor purchased the space and will open Edgewood Dynasty later this fall, according to the AJC. Edgewood Dynasty will apparently be similar to the Sound Table, serving both food and drinks. “We’ll make minor improvements, but the sound system, décor, layout, menu will stay the same,” Johnson told the AJC.
Johnson and Taylor also own dessert and game bar Cake, A Social Bar next door to Edgewood Dynasty, and plan to open a health and wellness center on the second floor of the building.
While the Edgewood Avenue bar space may no longer house the Sound Table, founded by Darren Carr, Jeff Myers, and partners DJ Karl Injex and Muona Essa, the brand will continue to produce its seminal food, drink, and music events and experiences under the ST name.
Beyond its innovative cocktails and DJs spinning house and techno music nightly, the Sound Table became known for its creative food menu and hosting an array of Atlanta pop-ups, supper clubs, and chefs, like David Sweeney, Asha Gomez, Hector Santiago (El Super Pan, El Burro Pollo,) Mihoko Obunai, and Jarrett Stieber of Little Bear. Last winter, the Sound Table played host to Nakamura.ke mobile kitchen — a 30-minute edible art and music installation featuring glow-in-the-dark ramen and luminous shochu and sake cocktails.
Plans for a four-story mixed-use building are already underway for the Sound Table parking lot. According to an Instagram post, the property is slated to become the flagship location for boutique streetwear and lifestyle brand A Ma Maniére and its restaurant and lounge EATS. A Ma Maniére Eats in Atlanta could be similar to the Houston location. The 16-seat restaurant there serves dishes such as shrimp and grits, vegan burgers, sweet tea-brined smoked chicken wings, braised short ribs, and pan-seared scallops.
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A Ma Maniere Atlanta Flag Ship coming 2021...⠀ ⠀ Retail + HWC Community Space + A Ma Maniere Living + A Ma Maniere EAT/Lounge + Roof top vibes⠀ ⠀ Located in the Edgewood Corridor one block from Martin Luther King’s Home, the building is designed to be historic in nature on the Edgewood Ave side and more modern on the Boulevard Ave side, to connect to a future project.⠀ ⠀
Update, October 13, 5:30 p.m.: This story has been updated with new information regarding the new owners of the Sound Table.