A new Caribbean restaurant and rum bar called Wylie and Rum opens in July along Moreland Avenue on the border between the Reynoldstown and Edgewood neighborhoods. And outdoor seating and tropical vibes are focal points of the design.
Owned by Tony Lewis, David Lewis, and Jose Lopez, Wylie and Rum takes over the corner portion of a 1950s-era commercial building. Design plans call for a breezy, 50-seat covered patio and a dining room seating 60 people flanked by a wall of windows with rough wood accents and muted tropical shades throughout the space. The bar seats an additional 14 people.
“We chose this location at the entrance to Reynoldstown because my partner and son, David, is a long-term resident of the area, having lived in Cabbagetown for the past 11 years,” Tony Lewis tells Eater. “When we first discovered this building, we loved the 50’s era renovation plans that were basically still in the works, and we felt it would be a perfect fit for our long envisioned concept.”
Lewis says “Wylie and Rum is first and foremost a restaurant” offering “affordable” dishes “served quickly,” like Jamaican jerk chicken, guava barbecue ribs, and Cuban sandwiches. Expect classic and original rum cocktails from the bar prepared without blenders or served frozen.
“Like many restaurants in the Caribbean, Wylie and Rum will become part of the community, a gathering place for families and friends,” Lewis says. “It’s a place where people can unwind.”
El Malo, a rum bar backed by one of the restaurateurs behind Supremo Taco and Pollo Primo, opens later this year at the Atlanta Dairies complex on the western edge of Reynoldstown. Situated in the interior of the Memorial Drive complex, El Malo will feature a walk-up window serving frozen cocktails and bottled drinks to go. It’s unclear if the bar plans to offer food.
Breaker Breaker, a mostly outdoor bar and restaurant from the team behind Grindhouse Killer Burgers, is also opening in the neighborhood this year. Part of the redevelopment plans for the Stein Steel and Supply Co. plant, Breaker Breaker will serve a seafood-heavy menu paired with frozen drinks, beer, and wine.
45 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta.