Could pickleball be to the 2020s what racquetball was to the 1980s? That’s what Atlanta game bar owners Justin Amick and William Stallworth are banking on when they open Painted Pickle inside an Armour Yards warehouse later this year.
Like the partners’ other Atlanta game bars, boutique bowling alley Painted Pin in Buckhead and duck pin bowling and gaming parlour Painted Duck on Brady Avenue, this latest gaming endeavor will also feature a full bar serving cocktails, beer, and wine and a kitchen offering everything from sushi and charcuterie boards to sandwiches and salads.
Taking shape along a proposed intersection of the future Northeast and Northwest trails of the Beltline, design plans call for Painted Pickle to include eight indoor pickleball courts and two patios, one in front of the building and the other adjacent to the proposed trail.
Just what is pickleball? A cousin of racquetball, the paddleball game combines tennis, table tennis, and badminton and is played as either singles or doubles on a court similar to tennis rather than on a table like ping pong.
Joining Painted Pickle this year along Ottley Drive are a yet-named restaurant from the group behind Victory Sandwich Bar, LLoyd’s, and Little Trouble opening at Indie Studios and Armour Yards cheese shop Capella Cheese, owned by cheesemonger Raymond Hook. The northeast Atlanta neighborhood is currently home to SweetWater Brewing Company, East Pole Coffee Co., ASW Distillery, and the Que-osk from Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.
Later this year, Amick and Stallworth will open Painted Park in the former Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at Parish space on North Highland Avenue in Inman Park. Situated along the Eastside Beltline trail, details are scarce on Painted Park, but expect a large outdoor seating area, lawn games, and food and drinks here.
279 Ottley Drive, Atlanta.
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