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Inman Quarter Bar Adds a Walk-Up Counter Serving Boozy Shaved Ice and Hot Dogs

A walk-up counter serving boozy shaved ice and hot dogs to go opens at Inman Quarter cocktail bar Little Spirit on April 29

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

A walk-up counter serving boozy shaved ice and hot dogs to go opens at Inman Quarter cocktail bar Little Spirit Thursday, April 29. Called Sideshow, the counter is located next to the entrance to Little Spirit beside wine shop VinoTeca on North Highland Avenue.

Owner Randy Pechin closed the bar for several weeks at the start of the pandemic in March, before reopening Little Spirit last summer with limited capacity. Despite being allowed by the state to operate at full capacity, Pechin is still running Little Spirit at just under 50-percent capacity inside. The intimate cocktail bar normally seats between 20 to 25 people. Pechin says offering this new takeout service should help decrease wait times for drinks and food, especially on busy evenings and weekends.

“With Sideshow at Little Spirit, we can serve guests that are enjoying the common area spaces at Inman Quarter where there has been a lot of additional seating added since the beginning of the pandemic,” Pechin tells Eater. “We also wanted to focus on supporting other local businesses during the recovery with a large expansion of our local beer offerings and collaborations featuring several local chefs.”

The drinks menu for Sideshow includes to-go cocktails and alcoholic and non-alcoholic shaved ice from bartender Andie Osby (The Grey), like the tequila-based Can’t Elope made with passionfruit liqueur, fresh mango, cantaloupe, and Tajin spice. A shaved ice play off of the bar’s King Peach cocktail called the Cream Peach features bourbon, Aperol, lemon, mint, allspice dram, sugar, and condensed milk.

In addition to serving Fripper’s hot dogs, Pechin plans to also offer specials on the menu in collaboration with local chefs and restaurants, starting with El Tesoro’s barbacoa served as a trio of sliders on toasted Hawaiian rolls topped with jicama slaw, lime crema, and crispy onions.

A bill to officially make to-go cocktails from restaurants legal is currently on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature. Once signed, restaurants and bars serving food would be allowed to sell up to two cocktails per takeout entree ordered in approved, sealed containers.

The tequila-based Can’t Elope comes with a small bottle of Tajin made with passion fruit liqueur, fresh mango, cantaloupe
The tequila-based Can’t Elope comes with a small bottle of Tajin; the Katsu hot dog topped with Napa cabbage, Kewpie mayo, spicy mustard, tonkatsu sauce, and panko crumbs
Little Spirit
The Cream Peach cocktail in a blue glass ice cream dish with a peach ring garnish made with bourbon, Aperol, lemon, mint, allspice dram, sugar, condensed milk. The hot dog pictured with that cocktail is the chili dog - house made chili, sharp cheddar, spicy mustard.
The bourbon and Aperol-based Cream Peach; chili dog topped with cheddar and spicy mustard
Little Spirit

While to-go windows aren’t new in Atlanta, the outdoor, counter-service model saw a rise in popularity last year as a creative solution to safely offering takeout during the health crisis. Many of these to-go windows have now become permanent fixtures, including at Brick Store Pub in Decatur and Varuni Napoli and Whiskey Bird in Morningside.

Sideshow open Thursday - Sunday, 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Hours may shift based on demand.

The Grey

109 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 662-5999 Visit Website

Whiskey Bird

1409 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 600-5797 Visit Website

El Tesoro

1374 Arkwright Place Southeast, , GA 30317 (470) 440-5502 Visit Website

Brick Store Pub

125 East Court Square, , GA 30030 (404) 687-0990 Visit Website

Varuni Napoli

1540 Monroe Drive Northeast, , GA 30324 (404) 709-2690 Visit Website

Little Spirit

299 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 600-5895 Visit Website