clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
Victory Coffee and Calamity

Filed under:

Victory Brands Is Gearing Up to Reopen Most of Its Atlanta Restaurants in June

The group behind LLoyd’s and Victory Sandwich Bar rebrands and reopens its Inman Park coffee shop and eyes June to reopen its restaurants

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

Victory Brands, the group behind popular Atlanta restaurants like LLoyd’s and Victory Sandwich Bar, is gearing up to reopen its six establishments over the next month, starting with its freshly rebranded coffee shop in Inman Park.

Dekalb Athletic Club reopens today on Dekalb Avenue as Victory Coffee and Calamity. Victory Brand’s year-old coffee shop, located next door to the group’s throwback restaurant LLoyd’s, now includes a retail pop-up selling Victory merch and local goods from companies such as motorcycle gear shop Brother Moto.

Owner Ian Jones tells Eater Atlanta the rebrand of the coffee shop was planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and better aligns with the group’s bar-oriented restaurant, Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park and Decatur.

“Doing coffee, but more in the Victory family, was a no-brainer. We should have done it a year ago,” Jones says. “This allows you to get all the great Victory feels, but in a more daytime-specific environment. Since it’s not open at night, we also have the ability (once we actually can) to use the space for events, markets, etc. in the evenings.”

Like its short-lived predecessor, the menu at Victory Coffee features coffee and coffee drinks from Avondale Estates-based Radio Roasters, grab-and-go “gas station” biscuits, and beer and wine to-go. The latter is temporarily permitted under a COVID-19-related order, which Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms just extended for restaurants through June 30.

People enter the open garage doors out front and place orders inside, then grab their food and drinks at the pick-up window outside. Orders can also be placed in advanced online.

Victory Brands temporarily closed its five restaurants and Dekalb Athletic Club in March at the start of the city and statewide shutdowns, including Little Trouble at Westside Provisions District and S.O.S Tiki Bar in Decatur. The closures saw the group lay off more than 100 employees.

Jones and his team have spent the last few weeks planning for the reopening of Victory’s restaurants, which he says takes time to do properly and safely.

Restaurants across Georgia are permitted to reopen for dine-in service, but must comply with 39 state-mandated guidelines. Among the COVID-19 safety requirements for restaurants to follow, the most notable limits dining capacity to ten patrons per 300 square feet.

“We expect most of our stores to open some time in June. Obviously, we can’t just open them all on the same day, so we’re going to phase them in over the month,” Jones tells Eater. “There is a considerable expense to reworking things in order to make the customer feel safe and sanitary.”

The group is adding more outdoor seating, remodeling the restrooms to be as contactless as possible, and installing public hand-washing stations at each restaurant.

The bar and lounge
The dining room

LLoyd’s covered patio will be completely reconfigured and include more outdoor seating in front of Victory Coffee. Jones says they’re also developing a drive-in component for LLoyd’s, in addition to reworking the dining room and bar inside to adhere with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

He expects to begin serving a “fast food-style” lunch for takeout from LLoyd’s in the next week or two, leading up to the restaurant’s reopening in June. People place their orders in person at Victory Coffee or order food online prior to pickup.

As for Victory Sandwich Bar, the majority of the dining at the Inman Park location will now be done outdoors. In an effort to hire back the staff of S.O.S Tiki Bar until it can safely reopen, the bar’s cocktails and employees will pop up at Victory’s parking lot container bar. Reconfiguring the “less flexible” seating arrangements at Victory-Decatur includes working around a busy sidewalk and a parking lot shared with neighboring businesses.

The bar at Little Trouble is located to the left and the lounge area to the right of the corridor at Westside Provisions District
The bar at Little Trouble is located to the left and the lounge area to the right of the corridor at Westside Provisions District
Little Trouble
The SOS Tiki Bar S.O.S Tiki Bar

Unlike Victory and S.O.S. Tiki Bar in Decatur, the seating at Little Trouble is proving less challenging to reconfigure. A corridor divides Little Trouble’s bar from its lounge area at Westside Provisions District. Jones says he’s working with Jamestown Properties, which manages the Howell Mill Road mixed-used complex, to provide more outdoor dining space for the bar’s patrons.

“Like everyone else, we’re figuring out how to do all of this on the fly,” Jones says of reopening the restaurants. “It isn’t remotely easy, but it does bring back a little excitement to a game we’ve been playing for the last 10 years. Feels like starting out all over again — for better or worse.”

Stay home if sick. Check the Georgia Department of Public Health website for guidance and updates on the latest number of reported COVID-19 cases. Numbers are now updated three times a day.

Victory Sandwich Bar

340 Church Street, , GA 30030 (404) 377-9300 Visit Website

Westside Provisions District

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

Brother Moto

670 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30312 Visit Website

Dekalb Athletic Club

900 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

Little Trouble

, , TX 78644 (512) 995-6333 Visit Website

Heinz Black Kitchen Initiative’s Pop-Up Brings a Taste of Charleston to Atlanta

Atlanta Restaurant Closings

Michelin-Starred Restaurant Lazy Betty Has Closed, But Will Relocate to Midtown Later This Year

Atlanta Restaurant Closings

D.B.A. Barbecue’s Original Location Will Close After 15 Years