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Buckhead Italian Restaurant Storico Fresco to Offer On-Street Seating This Winter

Construction is underway on six covered and heated outdoor dining compartments in three parking spaces along Grandview Avenue

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

Plans to offer on-street seating are underway at Buckhead Italian restaurant and market Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante. The Atlanta City Council earlier this month unanimously approved an ordinance permitting restaurants and bars to offer seating on city streets in order to “provide safe, socially distant outdoor dining spaces” during the pandemic.

Pietro Gianni tells Eater he and his partners, Stephen Peterson and chef Michael Patrick, recently began construction on six covered and heated outdoor dining compartments in three parking spaces along Grandview Avenue. Construction should be completed by mid-January, adding an additional 32 to 40 seats in front of the restaurant. The covered patio at Storico Fresco currently seats around 20 people.

“We decided to expand outdoor dining for the obvious Covid reasons and because we think outdoor dining will be preferred for a very long time,” says Gianni. “We got organized and invested heavily in good quality materials, heaters, fans, misters, etc. for the foreseeable future.”

Storico Fresco

This summer, Gianni, Stephens, and Patrick added additional outdoor seating at their Westside Provisions District Italian restaurant Forza Storico. The partners expanded outdoor seating there into the grassy common area in front of the restaurant and along the side of the restaurant above the railroad tracks. Gianni says dine-in service at Forza Storico is up nearly 35 percent since adding more outdoor seating options.

The city’s new outdoor dining permit requires street seating to be located directly in front of or adjacent to a restaurant or bar. On-street seating cannot exceed more than 50 percent of the total capacity for the establishment. The permit, obtained from the Atlanta Department of Transportation, is good through the end of 2021. For now, ATLDOT plans to waive the permit fee.

Gianni, Stephens, and Patrick open their Italian wine bar Storico Vino at Buckhead Village next month. The wine bar takes over the former Corso Coffee space at the luxury retail complex.

Westside Provisions District

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (678) 974-1940 Visit Website

Forza Storico

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 464-8096 Visit Website

Corso Coffee

, Atlanta, GA 30305

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

3167 Peachtree Road Northeast, , GA 30305 (404) 500-2181 Visit Website