Amalfi Pizza Offers Pay What You Can Meals to Irma Evacuees

Amalfi Pizza welcomes Hurricane Irma evacuees and invites individuals and families to come and have a meal for whatever they feel they can pay on the food portion of their bill (excluding alcoholic beverages). This offer is valid to anyone in town from mandatory evacuation zones. All they need to do is ask for a manager and show a valid ID from one of the areas affected. 

“Our hearts go out to those displaced by Hurricane Irma and understand the struggles they are experiencing,” said Amalfi Pizza founding partner Stephen de Haan. “This is our way of welcoming evacuees to the Amalfi family with a warm meal that could make them feel at home and welcome in our city.” 

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner in downtown Atlanta, Amalfi Pizza is a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria centered around two 6000 pound wood-burning brick ovens imported from Italy that were lifted into the second floor space by cranes. The 170 seat dining room has large semicircular booths, custom wrought iron chandeliers along with Juliet balconies overlooking an Italian-inspired entryway. Co-founder and operating partner Greg Grant developed an authentic Italian menu that will include Neapolitan-style pizzas as well as appetizers, salads, pasta dishes and original desserts. Originating in and the true pizza of Naples in the 1600s, Vera Pizza Napoletana is 12 inches or less in size, made from simple fresh quality ingredients from the Campania region of Italy and cooked at temperatures in excess of 900 degrees in approximately 60 seconds. In addition to traveling to Naples and throughout the entire region to find the best ingredients, both Stephen de Haan and Greg Grant staged with the Italian Pizzaiolo Maestros at Pizzeria Mattozzi, established in 1830, and Pizzeria Da Attilo. This apprenticeship, along with studying in the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, have allowed their passion for food to develop into the skills necessary to bring this historic, simple, and beautifully executed street food to Atlanta. 
 
For more information about Amalfi Pizza, go to www.amalfipizzaatl.com.  For interviews or photos, please contact Lorrie Dixson Griggs of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com.

Moe’s Original Bar B Que Set to Offer Second Atlanta Location

In mid-August Moe’s Original Bar B Que will open a new location outside of the perimeter at 12020 Etris Rd Suite B-140 in the Sweet Apple Village shopping center in the heart of Roswell. Like the Midtown restaurant, Moe’s Original Bar B Que features award-winning pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood served with two unique sauces in addition to Catfish and a Shrimp Moe-Boy sandwich. Additionally, a daily rotation of traditional Southern sides and tasty desserts are prepared fresh from recipes passed down for generations. Large party takeout orders and full service catering with delivery for parties and special events are also available.

 

Meat on PitWith square footage of 2,800 and a seating capacity of approximately 100, the new spot utilizes rustic looking woodwork with antique metal trims to provide a classic down home southern feel. Like most Moe’s Original Bar B Ques across the country, the Roswell eatery has an open kitchen feel, giving customers a full view of the Ole Hickory smoker and the food being prepared. The interior walls are covered with a mixture of music and sports complete with a ski lodge feel and Southern flare. A full size garage door opens up to a large patio area furnished with large picnic tables that are perfect for a great family dining experience or private party.

 

Recognized with many awards, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has been named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints in the U.S. by Relish and Top 10 BBQ Chains in America by USA Today and The Daily Meal. Owning several other locations in Northern Alabama, Chris Clowers and Mike Ellis have partnered on this venture with Roswell natives Kyle McCarter and Andrew Justin. This new BBQ joint will be open daily at 11am offering a full premium bar, plenty of TVs for sports viewing, family-friendly games like bingo and trivia during the weekdays and live music on the weekends. There is also ample parking available.

 

For more information about Moe’s Original Bar B Que, visit www.moesoriginalbbq.com. For interviews, photos, press kit, menus or a complimentary media tasting at one of the restaurants, contact Lorrie Dixson Griggs of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com.

 

Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza Set to Open in Downtown Atlanta

600678_196913670683067_6921313850876875509_nFrom the founder of Andrews Entertainment District that included Prohibition, Improv Comedy Club and East Andrews comes Red Phone Booth opening in August and Amalfi Pizza opening in September in the over 12,000 square foot iconic Dailey’s location located at 17 Andrew Young International Boulevard NE. As the 100 year old building had been closed for many years, a complete renovation has taken place and a new look will greet customers. In the ground floor space, cigar lounge Red Phone Booth is housed in 4,000 square feet. On the second floor, Amalfi Pizza, a traditional Neapolitan trattoria, will occupy the remainder of the building.

“With the booming businesses and tourism in the area, we are excited to bring our inventive concepts to downtown Atlanta,” said CEO Stephen de Haan. According to Central Atlanta Progress, “Downtown has witnessed remarkable growth and investment over the past five years.”

The first of a multi-location franchise rollout, Red Phone Booth is a prohibition experience featuring an extensive classic craft cocktail and cigar program led by spirit specialist and certified tobacconist Tom McGuire. Patrons will notice the finest attention to detail that provides for exceptional cocktails including 100% fresh squeezed juices such as blood orange, mango, and cranberry, hand chipped double-reverse osmosis ice, garnishes cut to order, a collection of some of the rarest liquors available and over a dozen tinctures, bitters and flavoring agents to help breath new depth. Small plates including fresh seafood, carpaccio, Neapolitan pizza and house made desserts including a rotating selection of signature desserts courtesy of former Dailey’s owner and current President of the Georgia Restaurant Association, Karen Bremer. Showcasing the 1920s speakeasy theme, the venue will feature restored original brick floors, have a honey onyx bar, intimate fireplace, custom Italian leather couches, and hand-painted ceiling with back lighting. A private “mob-style” kitchen complete with poker and pool tables will be available to rent for private events. Just like the former Prohibition in Buckhead, guests will enter by securing a secret phone number and dialing it into a restored antique London red phone booth entryway.

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Amalfi Pizza will be a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria centered around two 6000 pound wood-burning brick ovens imported from Italy that will have to be lifted into the second floor space by cranes. The 170 seat dining room will also have large semicircular booths, custom wrought iron chandeliers along with Juliet balconies overlooking an Italian-inspired entryway. Co-founder and operating partner Greg Grant will work hand-in hand with pizzaiolo and executive chef Luis Vargas in the kitchen to develop an authentic Italian menu that will include Neapolitan-style pizzas as well as appetizers, salads, pasta dishes and original desserts from Dailey’s recipes. Originating in and the true pizza of Naples in the 1600s, Vera Pizza Napoletana is 12 inches or less in size, made from simple fresh quality ingredients from the Campania region of Italy and cooked at temperatures in excess of 900 degrees in approximately 60 seconds. In addition to traveling to Naples and throughout the entire region to find the best ingredients, both Stephen de Haan and Greg Grant staged with the Italian Pizzaiolo Maestros at Pizzeria Mattozzi, established in 1830, and Pizzeria Da Attilo. This apprenticeship, along with studying in the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, have allowed their passion for food to develop into the skills necessary to bring this historic, simple, and beautifully executed street food to Atlanta.

For more information about Red Phone Booth, visit www.redphonebooth.com and for Amalfi Pizza, go to www.amalfipizzaatl.com.

Burn Social Club Set to Open in Buckhead

Burn Social ClubOn July 15th, Andrews Entertainment District brings the fire to the ice by introducing Burn Social Club next to Czar Ice Bar, both located at 56 East Andrews Drive NW. Burn is a modern day supper club featuring light fares, flatbreads and signature dishes served Wednesday through Saturday for dinner from 7pm-11pm along with great boutique wines by the glass and craft beers. Led by master bartender Thomas McGuire, a world class craft cocktail program will showcase a flavored ice program including smoked ice featured in the Burn Old Fashioned as well as an extensive martini selection and over 50 rare bourbons, whiskies and scotches from around the world. Patrons will be entertained by live music & dancing beginning at 8pm until midnight and late night DJs from midnight to 2:30am. Wednesday is Latin Elegance Salsa night, Thursday features the sounds from the Atlanta Rat Pack night while Friday and Saturday has Burn’s own high energy house band Cinnamon Groove playing top 10 hits from the 80s until today. With no cover during dinner, Burn Social Club’s admission is $10 after 10pm. Gentlemen are required to wear collared shirts and encouraged to wear jackets.

The 4000 square foot space can seat approximately 150 patrons throughout the venue with three levels of seating. Guests will enter through Czar Ice Bar where a discreetly marked door shows the Burn flaming martini icon. Once inside, there is a large stage with a centerpiece fireplace, and exposed brick walls, LED lighting and state of the art sound. While high top tables surround the dance floor, a large dramatic bar with a hand painted ceiling in oranges, reds and yellows further enhance the fire feeling of Burn. Across the room is a plush seating lounge with black leather sofas, sophisticated crystal chandeliers, fireplace, and library wall.

Burn Tapas“Inspired by the supper clubs of the 30s and 40s, Burn is a true social club where guests gather to socially eat and drink, be entertained and enjoy the company of friends,” said Andrews Entertainment District President Steve de Haan. “Burn was created as a nightlife alternative.  Atlanta doesn’t lack for places to take a date for dinner, but does not have many upscale venues to go to after dinner where the energy is high, yet is still intimate enough to carry on a conversation.  A place to be entertained by true performers, and not just musicians, our goal is to marry the timeless sophistication of Prohibition with premier entertainment and dancing.”

Located in the heart of Buckhead, Andrews Entertainment District is a world class destination with exceptional dining, entertainment, and nightlife. With diverse and distinct venues conveniently located in over 30,000 square feet under one roof, Andrews Entertainment District is the home of The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre, Stout Irish Sports Bar, Cellar 56Czar Ice Bar,  Stillhouse Craft Burgers & Moonshine,  Burn Social ClubProhibition, and Sal’s Pizzeria. Featuring the Nation’s best comedians, live entertainment, DJs, world class cocktails, and a lively bar scene, Andrews Entertainment District is where Atlanta goes out for a night out on the town.

For interviews, photos, or complimentary media experience, contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at  lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For additional information about Burn Social Club, please visit www.burnsocialclub.com.

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Stillhouse Shines with Tons of Awesome Reviews

Black Eye Pea Burger

Black Eye Pea Burger

After hosting a media tasting, the reviews were phenomenal proving Stillhouse is a success for Craft Burgers and Moonshine in Atlanta!

Amateur Gastronomer: Stillhouse: Craft Burgers and Moonshine Now Open in Buckhead  

Atlanta’s destination for moonshine is now open – no lawbreaking required. Stillhouse is the newest restaurant to open in the Andrews Entertainment District. It is a great spot for a night out, offering moonshine on its own or in cocktails, and a menu to rival any of Atlanta’s burger-centric spots. READ MORE

ACVB’s ATL Insider: Stillhouse: Culinary Game Changer

If you think Atlanta has enough hamburger places – well, think again. Stillhouse Craft Burgers & Moonshine has moved into Buckhead, and it’s a culinary game changer. Located in the increasingly exciting and diverse East Andrews Entertainment District, Stillhouse is a charming mix of regionally sourced products with imagination gone wild. READ MORE

ATL Food Snob: Stillhouse – Burgers & Moonshine Make a Formidable Pair

Do you like big juicy burgers with creative toppings and fillings? Do you like moonshine (who doesn’t these days)? Do you like an eating establishment within a stones throw of several specialty drinking establishments? If you answered yes to any or all of these, the recently opened Stillhouse Craft Burgers & Moonshine restaurant might just be for you. I recently attended a media dinner (which I don’t do often) and came away impressed with their selection of moonshine (over 50 different brands, mainly from Georgia) and the flavor combinations of the burgers. The one thing that is painfully obvious from the moment a two patty behemoth, loaded with toppings, hits your plate is that it’s impossible to eat like a normal burger…unless you can unhinge your jaw. This is the Spicy Memphis Pork burger and while it’s damn tasty, it’s a little hard to eat. The only other issue I have is with the reversed bun, which while unique is not functional as it must be removed and inverted. READ MORE

Atlanta Restaurant Blog: Stillhouse: Craft Burgers + Moonshine Opens in East Andrews

It seems every time I turn around, they are opening up a new spot at East Andrews. Is there a secret portal that makes it bigger than it looks that allows them to keep adding new spots? Besides Cellar 56Czar Ice Bar, Prohibition, the Improv Comedy Club, now there’s Stillhouse: Moonshine and Craft Burgers. We attended the media night to sample some of the tasty burgers and expertly crafted cocktails. READ MORE

Daily Candy: Try 50 Types of Bootleg-era Brew at Stillhouse 

If a burger and moonshine is your idea of a happy meal, you’re about to achieve nirvana. Get there thanks to Buckhead’s Stillhouse Craft Burgers & Moonshine, a low-lit, slate-floored den serving more than 50 varieties of the Prohibition-era liquor whipped into margaritas, mojitos, Moscow Mules, and more. READ MORE

Girl on the Go: Get Your Moonshine On at Stillhouse

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THYME TO SHINE

William Faulkner once said, “Well, between Scotch and nothin’, I suppose I’d take Scotch. It’s the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.”  He could find plenty of the good stuff at Stillhouse, the new Buckhead eatery specializing in craft burgers and moonshine. My husband had more discussion with our server, Gabe, over the varieties of moonshine available than he ever did with a sommelier about wine. Moonshine here is made into cocktails, infused with flavors and even smoked with fresh apple, cherry, pecan, and maple wood chips.  READ MORE

Kitchen Casual: Stillhouse — Where the cocktails shine

As you might be able to tell from the title of this post, I am talking about Stillhouse, a new cocktail bar and burger joint in the East Andrews part of Buckhead. My friend Lauren from Pretty Southern invited me to their media event last week so of course I jumped at the chance to go with her. I got there first and sat at the bar and immediately began chatting with the bartender. Part of what Stillhouse is known for is their housemade moonshine. Some people hear “moonshine” and think of people in the country during Prohibition drinking high-proof booze out of mason jars. This is not that kind of moonshine. READ MORE

Marie, Let’s Eat: Stillhouse Craft Burgers & Moonshine

One of the most pleasant surprises that we’ve had in recent months has been our visit to Stillhouse, where we were anticipating some pretty good bar burgers and were given, instead, some downright excellent ones. The restaurant’s PR company invited us to their media launch last month and we left very impressed. The Andrews Entertainment District, where Stillhouse can be found, is a collection of eight venues within one strip mall shell. It’s the building next door to the one where Souper Jenny resides, and is also home to the well-known Cellar 56 and Czar Ice Bar. Marie and I got to speak a little bit with Stephen de Haan, president of the 23 year-old enterprise, about Stillhouse and where he got the incredibly curious idea of smoked moonshine. READ MORE

Out and About Atlanta: Stillhouse: Upside Down Buns and Krispy Kreme ‘Shine

Burgers, burgers everywhere! You’ve got the onslaught of Flip, Yeah Burger, Grind House, and a ton of other smaller joints. It seems the craft burger bandwagon is in full-swing and I love it! In the Andrews Entertainment District, they have a lot of different types of food to offer including tapas, sushi, and pub food, but something I thought that they always did well were their burgers. John and I stop by Stout for a burger about every month so for them to open a burger only place seems like the right thing to do and Stillhouse won’t disappoint. READ MORE

Pretty Southern: Stillhouse Gets Its ‘Shine On!

The management team at East Andrews in the heart of the Buckhead bar scene has taken their massive complex and transformed it into several fabulous creative concepts. In one shared space, y’all have Cellar 56, East Andrews Upstairs, Prohibition, Stout, Czar Ice Bar, the Improv Comedy Club, and now Stillhouse. It’s a welcome addition to the scene serving up custom moonshine cocktails which pack a punch in the most delicious way, followed by a Southern-inspired menu to soak it all up. READ MORE

Points North Magazine: Stillhouse

Burgers are the “old reliable” of the dining-out world; they’re the backup plan when everything else on the menu requires mustering the adventurous foodie spirit that’s too often led you astray. Not so at Stillhouse, where they specialize in gourmet burgers and moonshine-based cocktails. READ MORE

Interior2Soletron: Restaurant Review: Stillhouse Craft Burgers and Moonshine

Yesterday I stopped by this new bar over on East Andrews for a media tasting. First off, if you’re in Atlanta and you’ve never been to East Andrews, it’s like this low-key fancy turn up section in the middle of Buckhead. On a random Friday night, go to East Andrews and see how much fun you have. Anyway, I got invited to this media tasting for a new bar in the East Andrews Entertainment District called Stillhouse. READ MORE

Tastemaker Magazine: Food: Handcrafted Burgers and Moonshine at Stillhouse

Burgers and moonshine? Not necessarily a combination you hear about often, but the folks at Stillhouse have produced a cool experience pairing the two together. Serving all of the moonshine available in Georgia, Stillhouse has created a menu full creative cocktails. Try the Thyme to Shine made with muddled blueberries, fresh thyme, grapefruit juice and Troy & Sons Moonshine or the Full Moon Daiquiris made with either strawberry, cherry or peach moonshine. They also have a rotating list of house-infused moonshine including watermelon mint, mango blueberry and brown sugar roasted apple. Get creative, you can always ask the bartender to make something unique from their list of infused moonshine! READ MORE

The Glitter Life: stillhouse atlanta.

Last week, Jay and J were excited to try a restaurant that opened recently near their house in the Andrews Entertainment DistrictStillhouse Craft Burgers and Moonshine is a gem located downstairs next to Cellar 56 Wine Bar. Jay was particularly excited to give them a try–moonshine really takes him back to his University of Kentucky roots. Let us break it down for you: READ MORE

Thrillist: Upside-down burgers and moonshine cocktails in Buckhead

Joining the illustrious ranks of East Andrews Entertainment District spots like Atlanta Improv Comedy ClubCzar Ice Bar, and Prohibition, Stillhouse is a… um, Prohibition era-inspired barstaurant lacing you with smoked/infused moonshine ‘tails, and a slew of handcrafted burgers, the latter of which are so next-level, it’s safe to assume the chefs have gotten into the former. READ MORE

Urban DaddyStill of the Night. 45 Moonshines and 15 Burgers in Buckhead

Once upon a time, moonshine was outlawed. Forbidden. Completely and utterly banned. Well… thank God for progress. Make a run for Stillhouse, a dark and shadowy new hooch bar with live music, late-night burgers and a very favorable moonshine-to-you ratio (45:1, if you’re keeping score), opening Friday in the old East Andrews front bar space in Buckhead. READ MORE

Urban Lux Magazine: EATS: Stillhouse Craft Burgers and Moonshine

East Andrews Entertainment District is one of the most discreet yet lively food and nightlife spots in the Buckhead area. From the extravagant Czar Bar with 300 different exotic vodkas served on blocks of ice to the secretive Prohibition with top-notch cigars and a 1920s speakeasy atmosphere, East Andrews has a an array of fascinating  food and nightlife options. Their latest addition to the East Andrews family is Stillhouse, a craft burger and moonshine bar. READ MORE

Yeah Let’s Go: Stillhouse in East Andrews

If you’re looking for a new dining experience head to the new Stillhouse in East Andrews. The menu is small but filled with some of the most amazing craft burgers and moonshine cocktails we’ve every seen. Hence the name Stillhouse. It uses all the moonshine in Georgia as well as some of the other surrounding states as the base ingredient in all their drinks. READ MORE

For more information about Stillhouse, menus or to read more of the press, visit www.stillhouseatl.com.

Stillhouse Celebrates National Cheeseburger Day with First 50 Guests to Receive a Free Cheeseburger a Month for a Year

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, September 16, 2013 – Stillhouse: Craft Burgers and Moonshine announces that the first 50 guests over 21 years of age to order a burger on Wednesday, September 18th starting at 5pm will receive a free burger a month for the next year in honor of National Cheeseburger Day. Guests can choose from Stillhouse’s craft burger choices that include premium varieties of grass fed beef, mustard and Memphis pork, Coca-Cola teriyaki moonshine marinated chicken, fried green tomato, fresh ground duck with house made confit, lump crab cakes, Apalachicola fried oysters and remarkable vegetarian options such as the black eyed pea burger. While the classic sandwich is usually featured with American cheese, Stillhouse offers a wide range of other options that include goat, blue, pimento, habanero cheddar, gouda, and jack & dill cheeses baked on a bun served upside down.

Black Eye Pea Burger“The holiday comes at the perfect time to showcase our creative take on the original cheeseburger,” said Andrews Entertainment District’s Steve de Haan. “Additionally, we wanted to do something for our customers to honor the special day and thank them for their great support since we opened Stillhouse earlier this month.”

Using all of the moonshines available in Georgia, Stillhouse derives its name from its in-house cocktail program where moonshine is employed as the base ingredient to create classic cocktails. The carefully crafted cocktail menu is complemented by the ultimate burger experience with locally sourced ingredients and inspired toppings. Stillhouse offers a modern twist on burgers that set the standard and go to the extreme to taste the best. At Stillhouse, the moonshine cocktail program is served in a variety of ways to enjoy the distilled sensation. Stillhouse also features live music nightly with some of the area’s best singer songwriters.  Stillhouse is open Monday-Saturdays from 5pm-1:30am.

Please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com for event coverage information, interviews, photos or a press kit. To find out more about Stillhouse, visit www.stillhouseatl.com.

Stillhouse Set to Open in Atlanta with Craft Burgers and Moonshine

 

Andrews Entertainment District is set to add Stillhouse to its impressive hospitality destination at 56 East Andrews Drive in Buckhead on Friday, August 30th. Using all of the moonshines available in Georgia, Stillhouse derives its name from its in-house cocktail program where moonshine is employed as the base ingredient to create classic cocktails. The carefully crafted cocktail menu is complemented by the ultimate burger experience with locally sourced ingredients and inspired toppings.

4 wayStillhouse offers a modern twist on burgers that set the standard and go to the extreme to taste the best. Applying regionally sourced products, baking cheeses onto buns and using house made condiments make the burgers stand out. Craft burgers selections include premium varieties of grass fed beef, mustard and Memphis pork, Coca-Cola teriyaki moonshine marinated chicken, seared turkey, fresh ground duck with house made confit, lump crab cakes, Apalachicola fried oysters and remarkable vegetarian options such as the Black eyed pea burger. Additional menu items include small plates, salads and shared sides consisting of deviled eggs, moonshine mussels, fried oysters, collard greens, spicy macaroni & cheese, fried green tomatoes, peanut butter hummus and more. Guests can dine inside, on the terrace or takeaway until late Monday through Saturday from 5pm until 1:30am.

At Stillhouse, the moonshine cocktail program is served in a variety of ways to enjoy the distilled sensation. Using six charred oak barrels prominently featured on the back bar, the month aged spirits are second to none. Served straight or in a cocktail, the moonshine infusions combine regional ingredients such as Vidalia onions, Georgia peaches, watermelon, mint and more so flavors are balanced and shine. Guests may also choose to smoke their spirit or cocktail with fresh apple, cherry, pecan, and maple wood chips. Stimulating garnishes including local berries, freshly squeezed juices, bitters and house made syrups ensure smooth, flavorsome cocktails. Additional bar options include a small but carefully selected list that features beer staples and regional microbrews, top wine sellers and an American craft selection of liquors such as the award-winning Boyd & Blair Vodka.

“We love the history and flavor of moonshine. It took finding the right balance of ingredients to get an approachable but complex cocktail that pleases the palate,” said Andrews Entertainment District President Steve de Haan. “Furthermore, we felt moonshine paired nicely with our amazing regionally sourced burgers to create an upscale burger bar.”

As guests enter Stillhouse, they will notice the natural materials, black and white prints of stills, bootleggers, and moonshiners. Adjacent to the back bar are two lit chalk board menus and daily specials. The space is warmed up with custom made Edison pendant lights and includes booths and whiskey barrel tables with custom tops. The ceiling has antiqued copper drop tiles alluding to the stills used to create this storied spirit. Featuring natural stone floors, a large wooden beam back bar and hammered copper accents on the bar, Stillhouse allows Buckhead’s elite an evening out without the pretentiousness.

For more information about Stillhouse, please visit www.andrewsdistrict.com.

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The Improv Opens by Bringing Top Comedians to Atlanta

Owen Benjamin

Sushi from Czar Ice Bar

The Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre hosted a Media and Concierge Showing last Thursday evening at the 4000 square foot venue. Improv Founding Partner Budd Friedman was in town from Los Angeles to meet, greet and catch the hilarious show by comedian Owen Benjamin of TBS’ Sullivan and Sons. Atlanta’s up and comer Jamie Ward served as host for the evening and funnyman Gene Pompa garnered laughs on the Improv’s trademark brick walled stage.  Another highlight of the evening was a surprise closing act by famed comedian George Wallace. While enjoying the show, guests dined on cuisine from the kitchens of surrounding Andrews Entertainment District restaurants that included bistro plates from Cellar 56, pub fare from Stout Irish Sports Pub and scrumptious sushi from Czar Ice Bar. The evening was complete with upscale cocktails with favorites from Prohibition, East Andrews and Czar.

Upcoming acts: 
October 25-27: Henry Cho from Comedy Central’s What’s That Clickin’ Noise

November 1-3: Bobby Slayton (Pitbull of Comedy)
November 8-10:  Lachlan Patterson from Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham
November 23-24: Theo Von from Yahoo!’s popular daily recap show, Primetime in No Time
November 29-December 1: Maryellen Hooper as seen on Jay Leno, Dennis Miller shows
December 6-8: Sean Patton as seen on Conan and Jimmy Fallon shows

George Wallace

The Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre opened in Atlanta on October 4th. Perhaps best known for its A&E network show An Evening at the Improv, the legendary comedy club was founded by Budd Friedman in New York in 1963.  Expanding in 1975, the renowned club debuted its second location on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. For almost a half century, The Improv Comedy Clubs have remained the premiere stages for live comedy. Over the decades, the talent who has played center stage represents the Who’s Who of American comedy, including Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin, Freddie Prinz, Andy Kaufman, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Dane Cook, Ellen DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Jeff Dunham, and Dave Chappelle.

Budd Friedman

“After researching the Atlanta market and geographical areas, we decided Buckhead was a great start to our expansion plans into Georgia. We were thrilled to pick Andrews Entertainment District in the heart of Buckhead as our 24th U.S. location,” said Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow, partners of the Improv. “With eight other well managed nightlife establishments in the same location, Andrews Entertainment District was the perfect fit for us.”

“Our vision started 10 years ago when we opened East Andrews Café & Bar with a goal of creating a place where all ages could enjoy dining, entertainment, and nightlife in one spot,” said Stephen de Haan, President of Andrews Entertainment District. “What an honor, 10 years later to attract such a strong national brand as the Improv into the district.”

Located at 56 East Andrews Drive NW in Buckhead, The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre shows run Thursday-Saturday with doors opening at 7pm and shows starting at 8pm. More information, upcoming acts and tickets can be found at www.theimprovatlanta.com