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Dad’s opens this summer in the building once home to sports bar and restaurant Diesel Filling Station.
Dad’s is a trip down nostalgia lane, opening this week in the former Diesel Filling Station on North Highland.
Diesel Filling Station

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5 Big Atlanta Restaurant Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

ICYMI here’s what went down on the Atlanta dining scene December 12 through December 16

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

With less than a month to go before the start of 2023, December means announcing this year’s winners of the Eater Awards and Eater’s 15 Best New Restaurants in America, covering all of the latest restaurant holiday happenings, and reporting on the continued rush to open restaurants before the end of 2022. Sadly, December also often brings news of many restaurant closures.

It was another busy food news week in Atlanta. Catch up on the latest Atlanta restaurant and dining news from the week below. Cheers to the weekend, y’all!

The five biggest stories of the week

  1. The week kicked off with the opening of Atlanta’s very first zero-proof bottle shop in Poncey-Highland, from the owners of Elemental Spirits Co. The Zero Co. carries over 300 non-alcoholic spirits, wines, beer, and canned beverages and will eventually offer tastings and other drink events, including zero-proof pop-up bars.
  2. A much-anticipated opening took place in Virginia-Highland, when Dad’s bar and restaurant debuted in the former Diesel Filling Space. Dad’s dials up the nostalgia on the food and cocktail menu and in its design.
  3. Sadly, restaurant closures continued to dominate the news, including Adele’s on Edgewood Avenue, which closed there after only nine months.
  4. In more positive news, the owners of Kimball House just completed the purchase of the historic building housing the award-winning restaurant in Decatur.
  5. Bars are finally roaring back to life in Atlanta, as evidenced by all of the new bars opening around town. This includes Ranger Station, a dark and cozy cocktail lounge hidden above Ladybird on the Eastside Beltline trail.

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Tell us what you think

Want to shoutout your favorite Atlanta restaurant this year, best meal, or most exciting dining experience of 2022? Take the survey below. We’ll be sharing responses during our annual Year in Eater review coverage throughout the week of December 26.

Which Atlanta Restaurants Were You Most Excited About in 2022?


674 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (678) 705-9538 Visit Website


870 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 815-1820 Visit Website

Elemental Spirits Co.

602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 990-4310 Visit Website

Top Flr

675 Myrtle Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 685-3110 Visit Website

Bon Ton

674 Myrtle Street Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 996-6177 Visit Website

Kimball House

303 East Howard Avenue, , GA 30030 (404) 378-3502 Visit Website


777 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 331-0909 Visit Website

Ranger Station

684 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue Northeast, , GA 30312 (470) 788-8466 Visit Website

The Lawrence

905 Juniper Street Northeast, , GA 30309 (404) 961-7178 Visit Website
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