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Unlike most kids, who tend to be interested in something for about five minutes after you've paid for it, Beau Shell (aka the Lil' Ice Cream Dude) has spent the past five-and-a-half years building his small business.
He started off with a little cart, out of which he sold popsicles and frozen novelties at events around town, eventually becoming the youngest member of the Athens Chamber of Commerce. More recently, he upgraded to a heavy-duty food-truck-style trailer after a successful crowd-funding campaign. He works nearly every weekend in the hot months and fairly frequently even in the cold ones. He's also only 13 years old.
On Small Business Saturday, he'll open Cool World, a proper brick-and-mortar store, in the Shops of Ansonborough, on Gaines School Road on the Eastside.
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Before the craft beer explosion, Copper Creek Brewing Co., on Washington Street, had a lot less competition. Lately, it's been overshadowed, and now it's shutting its doors, with Saturday, Nov. 18 set as its last day in business. A nice statement posted on its Facebook page reads, in part:
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Back in May, we reported on local coffee roaster 1000 Faces' plans to renovate and move into the building at 510 N. Thomas St. downtown that used to house Good Dirt. Work has moved along fairly quickly, and although 1000 Faces didn't meet its original goal of being open by September, the space is looking good, and it'll begin serving coffee next Monday, Nov. 13, with a soft-open week.
Love The National but don't go there anymore because, as Yogi Berra is alleged to have said, it's too crowded? Well, you're in luck. Local cheftrepreneur-made-good Peter Dale is opening a new restaurant, Maepole, on Chase Street in early 2018.
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As of 7 a.m. this morning, the second location of Mama's Boy (aka Mama's Boy at the Falls) is open for business, at 8851 Macon Hwy., near the intersection with White Oak. The hope, of course, is that having two locations will relieve the brunch wait, and now you can decide if you want your sales tax dollars to go to Clarke or Oconee.
If there's anything that can dry your tears over beloved coffee shop Two Story Coffee (which always made a lovely pour-over cup) being booted out of its Five Points location, it might be the news of what's taking its place.
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The last blog post of food events in Athens wasn't enough for you? You want more? OK. Here goes:
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Akademia Brewing Co. has been hard at work for a while on its beers (which it was making at Southern Brewing Co.) and its building, the former Musician's Warehouse by what is now the Atlanta Highway Goodwill. (Technically, the address is 150 Crane Dr.) The original projected date for opening was "late summer," and these days, mid-October totally counts.
Although Josh Aaron of the Savory Spoon is no longer on board (he's cooking at Chops & Hops, in Watkinsville), Akademia will still have a restaurant as well as its beer. Opening day is Monday, Oct. 16, and more updates should be posted on the Facebook event.
Trying to figure out how to feel less helpless and alone these days? Here is a thing you can do that will also make your belly and your tastebuds happy. home.made, on Baxter Street, will host Comida de los Nuevos Sureños, a dinner benefiting immigrants' rights causes in Athens, on Monday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m.
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If you are not interested in consuming a heretical Alabama barbecue sandwich in Sanford Stadium on Saturday, there are some other options around town.
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One thing Five Points doesn't have at the moment is a Mexican restaurant. (No, Barberitos doesn't count. That's a burrito place. Those things are in different categories.) So the dudes behind The Pine are in the middle of planning for one to open just down the street from them, at the corner of Milledge and Morton, to be called El Barrio Tacos and Tequila.
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Little Italy, in downtown Athens, seems like an ageless wonder, but tomorrow brings its 20th anniversary, with a big ol' celebration from 11 a.m. all the way until 3 a.m. That party includes: prices from 20 years ago ($1 slices, $5 subs, $1 drinks, including beer), a Pepsi sampling (calling attention to the restaurant's only real flaw) and giveaways (T-shirts, Braves tickets, gift certificates, etc.).
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Who doesn't want to be Alabama, amirite?
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If you arrived in Athens after 2012, you probably don't know what I'm talking about, but once upon a time there was a wonderful Southern restaurant called Peaches, on the spot where Saucehouse built its palace of barbecue.
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If you feel like the only thing missing to make Athens just like an international airport was an Au Bon Pain, you're totally in luck. The Business Learning Community that UGA's Terry College of Business has been putting up for a few years now just added one, in its Amos Hall, and it started operations yesterday.
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Have you been walking past the West Washington parking deck/mixed-use building and thinking about the sad, empty space that used to house Brixx? I have. But if everything works out with the lease, it won't be empty for long. The Office Sports Bar and Grill, which operates one other location, in Columbus, is looking to move in. Co-owner Darren Phillips confirmed that negotiations are ongoing.
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The Old Pal will host a pop-up by the Plate Sale (Shyretha and Mike Sheats, of Staplehouse, in Atlanta) on Monday, June 12 from 6–8 p.m., with special cocktails and a la carte food at the bar until it runs out.
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1000 Faces' new location.
After a bit more than 10 years in business, 1000 Faces Coffee seems to be outgrowing its Barber Street space. Rather than move farther from the center of town, seeking more square footage, it's going right into the thick of things, renovating the interior of a historic building at Thomas and Dougherty downtown.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Mother's Day and brunch go together like Halloween and candy corn. I guess. Here are some places offering special things for your moms and meemaws this Sunday. The list will be updated as we see more places.
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Hopefully not buried among the many things Avid Bookshop has going on tomorrow (Saturday, Apr. 29) for Independent Bookstore Day—which include local art for sale, free Ike & Jane doughnuts at the Prince Avenue location, free Independent Baking Co. pastries at the Five Points location, face painting, sidewalk chalk and poetry readings—is a meet-and-greet and book signing with Mary Kay Andrews for her brand-new The Beach House Cookbook. That's at the Prince Avid, starting at 11 a.m. and going until noon. Andrews is better known for her novels, but she also likes to cook—hence, the book.
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