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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Where have all the hipsters gone?

Another classic Atlanta restaurant, Vickery's on Crescent Avenue in Midtown, is closing after 27 years. It will shut down January 1, according to a news release from the restaurant.

In all honesty, I haven't been to Vickery's in a few years, but I was certainly a regular back in the '80s and '90s. It was the first restaurant to open on Crescent Avenue. and it was hipster heaven back then. Late dining or drinking usually meant rubbing elbows with some great characters. The patio was everyone's favorite spot, but the deftly remodeled bungalow's interior always seemed to glow invitingly.

Says the news release from the restaurant:

Opened in 1983 by three guys and a dog (Sam, Chip, Jerry & Dave), Vickery’s Midtown was the first place on Crescent Ave to grab a drink or a bite to eat. Serving a simple menu and strong drinks, Vickery’s quickly became a favorite among Atlantans young and old, gay and straight, blue blooded and blue collared. Starving artists rubbed elbows with Atlanta’s powerful elite while the party set and theatergoers streamed in from nearby Weekends and Theatrical Outfit.

That's not an exaggeration of the clientele's diversity, which was definitely part of the restaurant's appeal.

My favorite dish there for years was the black bean cakes. They were the first I ever really enjoyed, because they did not have the mushy texture that characterized the dish everywhere else in town.

You can still go to the Vickery's in Glenwood Park. It's not closing. The owners also operate other local restaurants, including Highland Tap, Fontaine’s Oyster House and Steamhouse Lounge.

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