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A Charleston Fried Chicken Joint Becomes the First Restaurant to Open at Westside Paper

Boxcar Betty’s opens April 12 across from King Plow Arts Center on West Marietta Street

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

Opening Wednesday, April 12, fried chicken sandwich joint Boxcar Betty’s becomes the first restaurant to debut at the emerging Westside Paper complex taking shape along West Marietta Street.

Founded by Roth Scott and Ian MacBryde in Charleston, South Carolina, nearly a decade ago, Boxcar Betty’s is known for its fried chicken sandwiches like the Boxcar topped with pimento cheese and peach slaw and the Buffalo with blue cheese sauce. In addition to fried chicken, sandwiches can be made with pimento cheese-stuffed portobello mushrooms or grilled chicken. The menu also includes a double smash burger topped with American cheese.

Upon completion, the Westside Paper complex will feature a mix of renovated 1950s warehouses and new buildings spread out over 15 acres with offices, retail shops, and restaurants. New locations of Glide Pizza, Elsewhere Brewing, Ponce City Market restaurant Pancake Social, and chef Richard Tang’s Girl Diver are all expected to open at Westside Paper over the next few months. A walk-up bar from King of Pops opens this year at Westside Paper, and chef Santiago Gomez of neighboring restaurant Palo Santo will open El Santo Gallo taqueria at the development. Ancestral Bottle Shop and Market, owned by restaurateur Roxana Aguirre, brings an agave-focused bottle shop showcasing Mexican spirits to Westside Paper.

Situated across from the King Plow Arts Center and adjacent to Puritan Mill, the property is located just off of a future Beltline spur near the Westside Beltline Connector and Westside Quarry Park. The site was once part of the old Mead Westvaco paper plant.

Westside Paper is one of a handful of former industrial and warehouse property renovations taking place on Atlanta’s west side, including the ongoing redevelopment of the Works and Chattahoochee Food Works in Underwood Hills, Echo Street West at Northside and Donald Lee Hollowell, and Star Metals on Howell Mill Road, a site once home to Star Iron and Metal scrap yard.

King Plow and Westside Provisions District were two of the first large-scale, adaptive-reuse projects to emerge in the northwest neighborhoods of Atlanta.

950 West Marietta Street, Atlanta.