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The Old Adams Hardware Building in Bolton Is Finally Becoming a Real Restaurant

After false starts with two other restaurateurs, the former hardware store on Marietta Road becomes the Companion bar and restaurant this spring

Old Adams hardware store on Marietta Road in Atlanta
The old Adams hardware store on Marietta Road in the northwest Atlanta neighborhood of Bolton
Ryan Fleisher

The old Adams Hardware building in the northwest Atlanta neighborhood of Bolton is set to become the Companion bar and restaurant later this spring, What Now Atlanta first reported. It’s owned by Andy Gonzales, the longtime chef at Decatur’s Steinbeck’s Ale House.

Gonzales says the Companion is under the “operational umbrella” of Steinbeck’s and Universal Joint, but the ownership group is different. He considers the Companion a “sister bar” to Steinbeck’s. The chef calls the Companion a “convivial bar with restaurant tendencies.”

“Our goal is to be an inclusive neighborhood hub and serve our community the best food and libations we can at a solid value,” he says.

As for the menu, Gonzales tells Eater Atlanta he plans to “lean toward big, delicious sandwiches,” along with a few entrees and burgers, “snacky items,” and soft serve ice cream. The bar includes 16 beers on tap, craft cocktails, a couple of frozen drinks, and wines by the glass.

Gonzales is known for his “global” takes on dishes at Steinbeck’s, like a smoked pork and kimchee sandwich, pan-roasted chorizo migas, and pork cheek terrine and smoked butt banh mi.

Former Adams Hardware store on Marietta Road
Adams Hardware and the old Masonic lodge on the corner of Bolton and Marietta prior to construction
Ryan Fleisher
The kitchen taking shape beside the former hardware store
The Companion

“The neighborhood around the Adams Building has really started taking off with new build-outs, but there are lots of young families that have lived in the area for years and have been historically underserved for bars and restaurants,” Gonzales tells Eater. “We are excited to be a place where our neighborhood can gather and enjoy themselves in a beautiful environment.”

B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue owner Bryan Furman came close to leasing the Adams Hardware building and neighboring Masonic lodge last year, following a fire at his nearby Riverside restaurant. However, the landlord would not allow a smoker on the property.

In 2015, rumors swirled that the Fox brothers had also considered the building for a second location of their popular Candler Park barbecue restaurant. They have since leased space for a second location at the Works, an 80-acre mixed use complex scheduled to open this summer in the northwest Atlanta neighborhood of Underwood Hills. The Works also includes a 30-stall food hall fronted by restaurateur and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern.

Booths with an owl mural on the wall inside the Companion on Marietta Road in Bolton, Atlanta The Companion
A fox mural on the wall and construction of the dining room at the Companion on Marietta Road in Bolton, Atlanta The Companion
The front outside exterior of the Companion on Marietta Road in Bolton, Atlanta with what could be a horseshoe or bocce ball court The Companion
The lawn game area between the Companion and the old Masonic lodge on the corner of Bolton and Marietta road in Atlanta The Companion

The lawn game area between the Companion and the old Masonic lodge

Update, February 7, 10:30 a.m.: This story has been updated with new information and comments from chef Andy Gonzales.

316 Marietta Road NW, Atlanta.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

1238 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 577-4030 Visit Website

Steinbeck's Ale House

659 East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 373-1116 Visit Website

B's Cracklin' Barbeque

2061 Main St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 Visit Website

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