The Varsity reopened its iconic drive-in on Tuesday, after closing entirely in March as part of the statewide dining room shutdown. However, the Midtown restaurant’s dining room on North Avenue (and restrooms) remains closed. Walk-up service is also available.
The 92-year-old Atlanta fast food institution, along with its Kennesaw, Dawsonville, Norcross, and Athens locations, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For now, the Varsity only accepts payment via credit or debit card.
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After FOUR LONG WEEKS... We are open! The Varsity Atlanta is open for drive-in and walk-up service. Our stores in Athens, Kennesaw, Dawsonville, and Norcross are open for drive-thru only. At this time all of our locations are only accepting credit and debit card payments. All locations are open daily from 11am-8pm. Dining rooms and restrooms will remain closed to the public for now. We are diligently following all guidelines from health officials and the Governor's office. We are working hard to keep everyone who comes in contact with our establishments safe! We can't wait to see you again soon.
Frank Gordy opened the Varsity on North Avenue in August 1928, just east of Georgia Tech in Midtown. It’s now the world’s largest fast food drive-in, and has become one of Atlanta’s biggest tourist attractions. The restaurant is known for its car hops uttering the famous catchphrase, “What’ll ya have” when taking orders. The most oft-ordered combo is the chili dog paired with a frosted orange — a vanilla milkshake mixed with the Varsity’s original orange drink.
Over the last 92 years, the Varsity has served several presidents like Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush, and Barack Obama, and movie stars such as Clark Gable.
Eater Atlanta reached out to the Varsity for comment on the reopening, and to ask when the restaurant could resume dine-in service.
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