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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Argosy to open in March

Argosy to open in the former East Atlanta Art & Antique Bazaar
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After more than two years in the making, the Argosy, a new gastropub from the crew behind MJQ and the Bookhouse Pub, will hold a soft opening Thu., Feb. 28, and open officially on Fri., Mar. 8.

The Argosy will be located at 470 Flat Shoals Ave., in the former East Atlanta Art and Antique Bazaar space, and will be helmed by the Bookhouse Pub's current chef Will Silbernagel.

CL first reported on the project back in 2010, though the Argosy's "Brooklyn-inspired" description has been dropped since then:

"The old Arts and Antiques Bazaar space on Flat Shoals in East Atlanta Village has been bought by MJQ owner Ben Rhoades, as well as managers Armando Celentano and Donald Durant. The trio, who are also behind the Bookhouse Pub, plan to open a "Brooklyn-inspired gastropub." Rumors in the neighborhood have swirled about a nightclub, probably due to the MJQ connection, but the owners are steadfast that the building is to become a restaurant, not a club. The project is in the very early stages, with a demo team working on the interior to clean it up and make it appropriately hip. They do plan to retain most of the original charm of the building (which was first a grocery store), including showcasing the exposed brick walls and heavy wood beams. Though plans for the cavernous 11,000 square foot space haven't been finalized, the new owners say they intend to build and operate on the greenest platform possible. It's a big project and there's a long way to go, so don't plan on grabbing a drink here until at least September 2011.

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