LITTLE FIVE POINTS — Iconic dive bar Euclid Avenue Yacht Club reopened earlier in June after closing for more than a year due to the pandemic. Former owner Donald “Hippie” Hinamon sold the business to Manuel “Manny” Maloof last fall, who owns Grant Park bar Manny’s. Prior to the health crisis, Hinamon and Maloof had been discussing a possible deal with Maloof becoming a major investor in the bar.
It appears not much has changed in terms of the Yacht Club’s layout or decor. Maloof made a few necessary updates to the bar’s plumbing, grease traps, and toilets in the restrooms to make those Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant. Some new dishes may also be added to the menu. Hinamon opened the Yacht Club in 1987 inside a former jewelry store along Euclid Avenue. Over the years, the bar has built up a very loyal band of regulars who come to shoot the breeze over cheap canned beer or dive bar classics like $5 hurricanes. [Instagram/EATL]
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND — A location of Atlanta-based Morelli’s Ice Cream opened next to Taco Mac on North Highland Avenue. Morelli’s first opened its Ormewood Park shop in 2008, and has since opened locations around Atlanta and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. There’s now an ice cream stall at the new northwest Atlanta food hall Chattahoochee Food Works. [Official]
ALPHARETTA — A third location of Malaysian street food restaurant Food Terminal, owned by the family behind Sweet Hut Bakery, opens early next year in the former Fuddruckers space on North Point Parkway, What Now Atlanta reports. First opened in 2017 on Buford Highway in Chamblee, a second location opened in 2019 along the Marietta Street Artery in Atlanta. [WNA]
PONCEY-HIGHLAND — Illuminarium, the walk-through, virtual reality experience exploring the African continent, opens July 1 on Somerset Terrace off of the Eastside Beltline trail. In addition to the exhibits, Illuminarium also features a bar serving cocktails, beer, and wine and tapas and an all-day, full-service cafe offering salads, flatbreads, rice bowls, paninis, and burgers. [Official]
MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM — A location of PITA Mediterranean Street Food is now open on the 100 level near section 120 of the stadium. The restaurant includes multiple locations throughout metro Atlanta. [Official]