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Quick-Service Southern Restaurant Maepole Opens in Summerhill

Athens-based Maepole brings a cross between a Southern meat and three and build-your-own bowl restaurant to Georgia Avenue

Maepole is now open on Georgia Avenue for takeout and patio seating
Maepole

Athens-based Maepole, a quick-service cross between a Southern meat and three and build-your-own bowl restaurant, is now open on Georgia Avenue in Summerhill.

Located in a newly built retail strip across from Wood’s Chapel BBQ, chef Peter Dale (the National, Condor Chocolates, Seabear Oyster Bar), Michael Clancy, and Nathan Goodman say they were drawn to the character of Summerhill and its resemblance to Athens.

“We chose Summerhill because it reminds us of Athens. We love to proximity to lots of residential neighborhoods, universities, and the downtown business community,” Clancy tells Eater. “The more time we spend here, the more we fall in love with Summerhill and Grant Park.”

Like Maepole in Athens, people build their own bowls or plates by choosing a base such as brown rice or super greens, followed by two sides like mac and cheese or roasted vegetables, and finally a meat or vegan protein, before topping with a sauce. The menu also features fully composed seasonal plates created by Dale as well as chocolate bars from Condor.

Chopped salad with slightly roasted green asparagus, quartered radishes, quartered cucumbers, and sliced red onions Maepole
Chopped roasted vegetable medley CAULIFLOWER, CARROT, RED ONION, CELERY, TURNIP, CHERRY TOMATOES Maepole
The Spring Forward with SUPER GREENS, BROCCOLI, CHOPPED SALAD, CHICKEN, 1/2 AVOCADO, BUTTERMILK Maepole
JESSAMINE BROWN RICE, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, MARINATED MUSHROOMS, TEMPEH, KIMCHEE, TURMERIC-GINGER VIN Maepole

Top left: chopped salad; top right: roasted vegetables; bottom left: Spring Forward plate; bottom right: Jessamine plate

For now, Maepole is only open for takeout and outdoor dining on its 38-seat patio out front. Clancy says they hope to open for indoor dining later this summer.

Maepole joins Junior’s Pizza, Woods Chapel BBQ, Halfway Crooks Beer, Little Bear, Hot Dog Pete’s, Hero Doughnuts, and Little Tart Bakeshop and Big Softie on Georgia Avenue.

Sandwich counter How Crispy Express, Concept diner, Redacted cocktail bar, taqueria D Boca N Boca, and gaming bar Press Start are all slated to open over the next year along Summerhill’s burgeoning main street.

Brandon Amato

Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. maepole.com. Masks required. Patio seating. Order online for takeout. Delivery forthcoming.

The National

232 W Hancock Ave., Athens, GA 30601

Little Tart Bakeshop

68 Georgia Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 348-4797 Visit Website

Halfway Crooks Beer

60 Georgia Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (678) 705-5530 Visit Website

Wood’s Chapel BBQ

85 Georgia Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 522-3000 Visit Website

Big Softie

68 Georgia Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 Visit Website

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