A new restaurant and bar recently replaced Joy Cafe in Midtown, and caviar “bumps”, smash burgers, and a venison Benedict are all on the menu.
Located at 1100 Peachtree, Cafe 1933 is owned by restaurant industry consultant and barman Caleb Giles, who sees his restaurant and bar as a nod to an era when the country was just emerging from 13 years of Prohibition. The design is meant to evoke a moody vibe with dim lighting, vintage-style chandeliers, dark walls, and an intimate bar area. A large mural by Atlanta artist Pash Lima covers one of the walls in the main dining room and a dog-friendly patio out front overlooks Peachtree Street.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, expect dishes like the BFRD Hwy Smash Burger made with two ground brisket and sirloin patties topped with bok choy, Korean cheese ramen, gochujang sauce, and cheese, a lobster roll, oysters, and entrees of lamb, ribeye, and chicken and waffles on the menu. People can order caviar bumps to kick off dinner (the over-the-top summer dining trend in which a dollop of caviar is licked off the back of one’s hand, like salt before downing a shot of tequila.) Dinner on Monday evenings features food from local chefs unaffiliated with Cafe 1933, a continuation of the work Giles has done in the past with the city’s pop-up scene and chefs.
Look for French toast bites, mini cornbread pancakes, a spicy chicken sandwich, and a venison Benedict during weekend brunch, along with caviar service.
In addition to beer and wine, the bar at Cafe 1933 serves of mix of both classic and original drinks, including an Old Fashioned with bourbon, bitters, and a root beer reduction and the Rambo made with tequila and Carpano Botanic Bitter. Cafe 1933 is also open for late-night food and drinks every day but Sunday.
Originally located in Buckhead, Joy Cafe moved to 1100 Peachtree in 2016 where it remained until earlier this year. Joy Cafe closed suddenly over the summer following news of the arrest of co-owner Jon Beber who faces three charges of sexual assault on minors while he was coaching the Club Boulder Swim Team between 1997 and 2002. According to reports, Beber also coached swimming in Albany, New York, Florida and Atlanta and is currently temporarily suspended from coaching by the U.S. Center for SafeSport pending the outcome of the trial.
Cafe 1933, 1100 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. cafe1933.com
Open Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday evenings also feature food from local chefs unaffiliated with the restaurant.