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Two New Openings to Know About in Grant Park and Glenwood Park

Neighborhood bistro Woodward and Park opens September 11 in Grant Park, while James Bond-themed bar Vesper starts slinging cocktails in Glenwood Park

Neighborhood bistro Woodward and Park opens September 11 at the Larkin on Memorial in Grant Park
Woodward and Park
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Despite the ongoing health crisis and permitting delays caused by pandemic shutdowns, new restaurants and bars continue to open across Atlanta. Here’s a look at what to expect from the latest new restaurants and bars opening this week.

Woodward and Park

Mixed Greens, Toasted Pecan, Goat Lady Chèvre, Citrus, Radish Persimmon Vinaigrette  Woodward and Park
Tempura Avocado topped with Sweet Thai Chili, Cilantro, Sesame 
Tempura avocado
Woodward and Park

The long-awaited Grant Park restaurant Woodward and Park finally opens this Friday, September 11, across from Full Commission at the Larkin on Memorial and with a new chef on board. Chef Dan Brown (Torched Hop Brewing Company, 5Church) is taking over for Robert Phalen, who stepped away from Woodward and Park to focus on his Inman Park restaurant, One Eared Stag. As for the menu at the neighborhood bistro, expect a mix of dishes ranging from tempura avocado, pierogis, and okonomiyaki, to entrees such as steak frites, smoked chicken, and a Korean pork Philly sandwich. The bar offers wine, beer, and cocktails. Woodward and Park is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Larkin for dine-in and patio service and takeout.

Vesper Bar

Vesper Bar
Vesper Bar
Vesper Bar

Vesper Bar opened earlier this week next door to Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow in Glenwood Park, the AJC reports. The James Bond-inspired cocktail bar, owned by former Polaris Lounge bartenders Damien McGee and Jon Tilley, promises Bond-inspired cocktails paired with a vibe that captures the “essence of an era when people went out and cocktailed.” The cocktail menu references several well-known James Bond films and characters, like the “Casino Royale” character Vesper Lynd made with gin, vodka, and Lillet blanc or the “Man with the Golden Gun” ode Golden Negroni comprising of gin, Lillet blanc, Licor 43, and Cocchi Americano. Among the original and classic cocktails on the menu, Vesper Bar also offers a selection of zero-proof drinks, along with beer and wine. As for food, expect bites such as a lobster quesadilla, smoked trout deviled eggs, cheese plates, and a waffle monte cristo sandwich made with Iberian ham. Capacity is currently limited to 36 people inside, with an additional 10 to 15 seats outside. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. Masks required.

Full Commission

519 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 941-9102 Visit Website


265 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30303 (404) 460-6425 Visit Website

One Eared Stag

1029 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 525-4479 Visit Website


924 Garrett Street, , GA 30316 (404) 380-1886 Visit Website


1197 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30361

Torched Hop Brewing Company

249 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 835-2040 Visit Website