The award-winning restaurant and bar is the only business affected by the burst pipe at Krog Street Market, which occurred some time on Sunday before Ticonderoga Club opened for dinner service. The closure is expected to last through the remainder of 2022 and likely into the early weeks of 2023. The restaurant was fully booked for the holidays and all of January.
Ticonderoga Club partner Paul Calvert tells Eater the pipe burst some time overnight on Sunday, completely destroying the kitchen and an upstairs storage space. The Canteen dining area beside the kitchen sustained heavy damage from the water. Much of the major repair work involves electrical and plumbing, and the restaurant needs to be repainted, Calvert says.
“Lincoln Property Group is assisting with all discovery and repairs. We have insurance, of course, but also, insurance pay-outs move pretty slow,” says Calvert. “No other businesses were damaged, outside of some water on the floor.”
People who wish to make a direct donation to help support the staff during the closure can do so on Ticonderoga Club’s website. Ticketed dinners called “Keep The Boat Afloat, Again” benefiting Ticonderoga Club and its employees are being held Thursday, December 22, and Friday, December 23, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park. Tickets are $100 per person and include three drinks and food, with seatings at 6 p.m.and 8 p.m. each night. All sales go toward paying staff wages and health insurance. Options to purchase Ticonderoga Club merch online are also in the works.
Little Tart Bakeshop, owned by baker and Calvert’s partner Sarah O’Brien, is in the process of putting together a bake sale on behalf of Ticonderoga Club, with proceeds from the sale benefiting the restaurant and staff during the closure. Atlanta bakers and restaurants interested in participating in the bake sale should email email@example.com as soon as possible for more information.
Ticonderoga Club is owned by Calvert, Greg Best, chef David Bies, Regan Smith, and Bart Sasso. Best, Calvert, and Smith were early trailblazers on the Atlanta cocktail scene, working behind the bars at critically acclaimed restaurants like Holeman and Finch Public House and the Sound Table. Ticonderoga Club opened in 2015, billed as a New England-style tavern serving some of the city’s best cocktails paired with equally outstanding food from Bies, like the Ipswich clam roll, Poh’s eggplant, and veal sweetbreads. The restaurant was named a finalist for Outstanding Hospitality in 2022 and for Outstanding Bar Program in 2019 by the James Beard Foundation.
Update, 12/19/2022, 3:45 p.m.: This story was updated with new details and comment from Ticonderoga Club partner Paul Calvert.