The Old Fourth Ward Business Association launched a GoFundMe campaign Thursday in hopes of raising $25,000 for upcoming Edgewood Avenue bar and restaurant Edgewood Dynasty, its employee, and owners Greg Johnson and Noelle Taylor.
Johnson and Taylor, who purchased the Sound Table space at the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard earlier this year, planned to open Edgewood Dynasty Thursday. The couple also own dessert and game bar Cake, A Social Bar, located beside Edgewood Dynasty in the building, and were opening a health and wellness center on the second floor.
The portion of the building in which Edgewood Dynasty was to open sustained serious structural damage on Tuesday afternoon, leading to a partial collapse of the western wall just 24 hours later. Excavation work taking place on adjacent lots next door is to blame. According to reporting from the AJC, Johnson sunk his “life savings” into Edgewood Dynasty.
“We are working to get this Go Fund Me throughout the community and will assist the owners in any way they need in finding a new home in the community when they are ready,” Old Fourth Ward Business Association executive director Emma Tinsley tells Eater.
Excavation recently began in the parking lot and the lot behind the Old Fourth Ward building to construct a four-story mixed-use complex, which should include the future flagship location for boutique streetwear and lifestyle brand A Ma Maniére and its restaurant and lounge EATS.
It’s still unclear if the early 20th century structure can be salvaged. Atlanta Fire Rescue evacuated the building Tuesday as a precaution, forcing businesses residing within other spaces, including Cake: A Social Bar, Sister Louisa’s Church Annex and Old 4th Distillery, to close indefinitely.