English Avenue’s rollicking music, drink, food hub set to open soon
Echo Street West project’s Westside Motor Lounge wants to be “THE place to be… this summer”
With its motto of “Full Service… Fair Prices,” a unique, adaptive-reuse entertainment concept expects to open in English Avenue in a matter of weeks to take advantage of summertime revelry in Atlanta.
The Westside Motor Lounge is repurposing three former automotive buildings as an indoor-outdoor gathering place along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, just west of Georgia Tech and east of Bankhead.
The concept is coming together along the southern edge of Lincoln Property Group’s 19-acre Echo Street West project, the largest private investment in English Avenue in generations.
Westside Motor Lounge is scheduled to open in June, according to PR reps who predict the “one-of-a-kind culinary experience” will be “THE place to be on Atlanta’s Westside this summer.”
Developers have previously told Urbanize Atlanta they envision the “funky” and “eclectic” concept as a tailgating hotspot for Falcons and Atlanta United games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is located about a mile away via the Westside BeltLine Connector trail.
Plans call for building out the property with an expansive bar, restaurants, lounging and seating spaces, plus a half-acre courtyard with shuffleboard and other yard games. A screen and stage will host small concerts and other events.
Last summer, Lincoln hired three industry veterans—George Banks (consulting firm Revel’s founder, who worked on Krog Street Market); Elizabeth Feichter (cofounder of Atlanta Food & Wine Festival); and Kelly Campbell (an experiential and live entertainment industry veteran for two decades)—to pull together a tenant mix at Westside Motor Lounge. Together they formed a new venture called STHRN Hospitality Co.
Tenants and other details are expected to be announced soon.
STHRN Hospitality Co. plans to introduce a model where employees will have opportunities to earn ownership stakes in the businesses at Westside Motor Lounge. The venue will join the recently opened events space Guardian Works and expanded artist hub Guardian Studios, located at the opposite end of an English Avenue site that had been largely vacant for decades.
Lincoln broke ground in 2020 on the mixed-use village’s $265-million first phase, in hopes of capturing momentum and investment dollars similar to what’s happened along the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.
The Westside Motor Lounge was designed by the ASD/SKY architecture firm, with interiors by Bunker Design.
By Josh Greene
APRIL 05, 2022