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Supporters of Henry’s Are Rallying Tonight in Midtown Over the Restaurant’s Impending Closure

Rally in Red, organized by the Atlanta Socializers Club, takes place Monday, November 20, at 5 p.m., and the public is welcome to join

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

Henry’s, a popular restaurant and bar along 10th Street in the heart of Midtown, is closing November 30 after its owner failed to reach an agreement with the landlord on a lease renewal. However, Rough Draft reports that a social club with 3,500 members representing the LGBTQ community and their allies is planning a rally for Monday evening to protest the Midtown restaurant’s closure.

Rally in Red, organized by the Atlanta Socializers Club, takes place at Henry’s Monday, November 20, at 5 p.m., and the public is welcome to join. People attending Monday’s rally at Henry’s are asked to wear red or pride colors.

Owner Maureen Kalmanson posted a statement to Henry’s website last week indicating the lease had expired and she was unable to reach an agreement with the landlord, which is apparently Atlanta-based real estate developer Dewberry Capital. In addition to Henry’s, Kalmanson owns Campagnolo Italian restaurant nearby on Piedmont Avenue.

Henry’s has long been a popular hangout for visitors and residents to Midtown since opening in 2013 and serves as a year-round gathering spot for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community. Organizers behind the rally point to the recent closures of other restaurants seen as safe spaces in Atlanta for the LGBTQ community to gather for prompting the need to protest Henry’s closure. The group also hopes to raise more awareness around the growing crisis of rising rents and real estate costs in Atlanta.

Earlier this fall, Dewberry Capital filed permits with the city to demolish a partially constructed building just west of Henry’s on the corner of 10th Street and Peachtree. The building was to include a rooftop restaurant. According to Urbanize Atlanta, Dewberry Capital owns an entire block spanning four acres in Midtown that includes the property on which Henry’s currently resides. And, this isn’t the first time Dewberry Capital has abandoned projects and dubious development plans in Atlanta. A 2017 story on the company’s owner, John Dewberry, described him as the “emperor of empty lots”. It’s unclear what Dewberry Capital has in store next for the Midtown properties the company owns.

Rally in Red, November 20, 5 p.m., Henry’s on 10th Street in Midtown. Public welcome.

132 10th Street, Atlanta.