Stephen Talley 

Co-owner of CJ's Landing

Brookhaven native Stephen Talley reunited with two of his childhood friends, Jack and Stephen Hudnall, when they bought CJ's Landing together. The Buckhead club has been around for 18 years and is known for its live music, beer pong and Journey sing-alongs on the front porch.

When the three buddies were growing up, the Hudnall brothers' mother would attempt to reprimand the kids by screaming the name, "Stephen!" But which Stephen she was yelling for -- Hudnall or Talley -- got confusing. Eventually, Stephen Talley became known as Talley, which is still what everyone calls him.

Three years ago Talley was working construction and decided Buckhead needed a less pretentious club. Talley called up Jack (who was bartending in L.A.) and Stephen to realize the dream job of owning and running their own bar.

CJ's has turned into a hotbed for local college kids and Atlanta singles. Talley attributes its broad appeal to the wide range of music and attractions. On weekends, there is an acoustic cover band in the front porch, an average of four local acts on the back stage and, as Talley puts it, "beer pong and booty shaking" at the upstairs Tango Bar.

No sort of warning can be given for the scene you can walk into at CJ's. Recent theme parties have included The White Trash Social, Oyster Fest and a Naked Santa Party.



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