Eastside Beltline margarita bar Guac y Margys opens a second location this summer just off of Piedmont Park on the edge of the Morningside neighborhood.
Taking over longtime, gay-friendly bar and restaurant Amsterdam Cafe, which closed last fall after 15 years at Amsterdam Walk, co-owners David Barton and Troy Meyers say they hope to be open there in July.
“Two of our three co-owners are gay men and long-term residents of Atlanta. When the space became available, it felt like an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” Barton says in a statement to Eater. “We look forward to opening another gay-owned bar and restaurant there.
Amsterdam Cafe co-owner Joel Bradshaw told Project Q Atlanta in September the closure was due to a combination of factors. The lease was up in November, and with the financial toll the pandemic had taken on the bar, it was too much to overcome. Amsterdam Cafe was known for its popular patio, drag shows and dance parties, and political fundraising and LGBTQ sports league events.
Barton and Meyers plan to take full advantage of the covered patio and the expansive space at the Amsterdam Walk location to install a draft beer system and host larger events, including the bar’s themed trivia nights, fundraising brunches, and private parties.
Guac y Margys opened at SPX Alley along the Eastside trail in 2018 and serves a variety of margaritas and cocktails on the menu, along with tacos and a selection of queso, like drunken fondue with chorizo and tequila.
502 Amsterdam Avenue NE, Atlanta. guacymargys.com.