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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

5 seasons: The brewhouse and Goliath


Not long after the 5 Seasons brewhouse opened at the Prado in 2001, one of the customers came up with the perfect review: This is fine dining, in denim.

The pub not only features the celebrated beers of brew master Glen Sprouse, it has a menu unlike any other bar in Atlanta, with its emphasis on local produce and natural-fed meats.

But 5 Seasons owner Dennis Lange says he has lost more than $600,000 since the Sembler Company purchased the Prado two years ago and began a big-box redevelopment of the property that will bring in a Home Depot, Target and other retail businesses.

The issue? Parking and public access. "A representative from Sembler assured us they would take care of us," Lange says. "They started gobbling up spaces during construction. And, suddenly, there was no parking."

Read the rest of this article here.

(Photo by James Camp)

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