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Activist-Driven Coffee Shop Refuge Is Planning a Third Location in Midtown

Plus, a vegan Latin food restaurant heads to Tucker this month, and more restaurant openings news

A Refuge Coffee Co. coffee mug sits on a wall which overlooks Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta, where the shop will be opening its next location
Clarkston-based Refuge Coffee Co. is opening a location in Midtown Atlanta
Refuge Coffee Co.
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.

Refuge Coffee — Midtown

The owners of Clarkston-based coffee shop Refuge Coffee Co. plans to open a third Atlanta-area location in Midtown at the Woodruff Arts Center. The announcement was made on social media stating that the coffee shop should open some time this fall. Refuge will be located just outside the Memorial Arts building on the 1280 Peachtree campus with entry off of Peachtree Street.

Owners Kitti Murray and Bill Murray have helped provide job training and job opportunities for Atlanta’s refugee communities through Rufuge Coffee Co., first at the Clarkston shop, then at the Sweet Auburn location in City of Atlanta. Since opening six years ago, Refuge Coffee has served thousands of customers from over 80 countries at the Clarkston coffee shop location. The small city just east of Atlanta has been deemed by some as “the most diverse square mile in America.” The Murray’s opened a second Refuge Coffee last year inside the historic Atlanta Daily World building on Auburn Avenue, continuing the coffee company’s mission there. [FB/IG]

Papa Ali’s — Tucker

Vegan Latin food restaurant Papa Ali’s opens October 15 on Main Street in Tucker, according to the AJC. Owner Mikail Ali, who worked under executive chef Raul Dominguez at Bar Mercado in Krog Street Market, will serve a “plant-based” menu featuring sandwiches, wraps, grain bowls, and build-your-own tacos paired with juices and smoothies. Ali first opened Papa Ali’s as a food truck just before the start of the pandemic in 2020. Once open later this month, the counter-service restaurant will include 20 seats inside, along with seating on the sidewalk. [AJC]

Sinbad Mediterranean GrillBuckhead

A second location of Sinbad Mediterranean Grill opens this fall in the former Bún Mì Vietnamese Grill space on Peachtree, according to a listing from the Shumacher Group. The latter relocated to food hall Politan Row at Colony Square earlier this summer. As for Sinbad Mediterranean Grill, expect a similar menu to its Smyrna location, which includes soups, salads, kebab platters, falafel, and gyros. [TSG]

Palo Santo — W. Marietta Street/Westside

It appears a restaurant called Palo Santo will likely take over the former Do pizzeria space on West Marietta Street next year, What Now Atlanta reports. Little else is known about the restaurant, other than that permits have been filed with City of Atlanta to begin construction on the space. [WNA]

Ben’s Seafood and Bar — Smyrna

Ben’s Seafood and Bar replaces Wade’s Fine Eatery on Concord Road in Smyrna, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. The restaurant is owned by Ivan Raintung, who also owns Mulan Asian Cuisine off of Fairburn Road in Atlanta and Moto Asian Cuisine in Cumming. No opening ETA has been provided, only that the restaurant should open “soon”. Wade’s, owned by Jason McClure, closed in August after four years in Smyrna. McClure had hoped to sell the restaurant and keep the name and menu intact, but the property’s new owner planned to revamp and rename the restaurant. [ToNT]

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

Refuge Coffee Co.

4170 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, , GA 30021 (470) 518-4614 Visit Website

Bar Mercado

Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 480-4866 Visit Website

Politan Row at Colony Square

1197 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30361 (404) 228-7941 Visit Website