Blog Topic: Bummertown

  • Grub Notes: Rashe's Cuisine Is Closed But Still Delivering


    Photo Credit: Rashe's Cuisine/Facebook

    Rashe's Cuisine, at 211 Tallassee Road, is unfortunately closed at that location. Last week, pipes froze and burst, resulting in a flooded restaurant. Then the owner of the building sold it to another restaurant. It's a bit of a bummer, as Rashe's has been perhaps the most successful tenant in the space since it housed Cali N Tito's, years ago.


  • Grub Notes: Copper Creek Is Closing, and Heirloom Has a New Chef


    Photo Credit: Copper Creek via Facebook

    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:


  • In the Loop: Two Story Coffee Loses Its Lease



    Photo Credit: Nicole Adamson

    After years at its location on South Lumpkin Street near the Five Points intersection, Two Story Coffee is moving.

    When renewing their lease, the property manager, Parker and Associates, reportedly decided to go with another bid.

    "It caught us off-guard," said Daniel Luft, Two Story's general manager. The popular studying spot for UGA students now has until the end of the month to pack up and move out.


  • In the Loop: Photo Gallery: Hurricane Irma Damage


    Although her street was blocked by fallen trees, Flagpole photo intern Nicole Adamson ventured out Tuesday to snap some photos of damage along West Lake Drive.

    Athens-Clarke County crews have removed many trees from roadways, but those that remain are entangled in power lines that must be removed by utility workers first. (Only about 1,000 Georgia Power customers in Athens remain without electricity.)

    Apparently we have some local finalists for the Darwin Awards, because ACC felt the need to issue a press release warning people not to try to cut or remove those trees, or allow children to play around them.


  • Homedrone: Dead Neighbors Had Their Gear Stolen at SXSW


    Photo Credit: Dead Neighbors

    Touring is a risky endeavor. Aside from the possibility of facing shady promoters, ungracious audiences or vehicular failure, a cargo van packed with thousands of dollars in music gear is a prime target for would-be thieves.


  • In the Loop: The Georgia Square Mall Macy's Is Closing


    The Georgia Square Mall Macy’s is one of 68 that will close this year as the company—like most brick-and-mortar department stores—continues to face declining revenue.

    The Athens location, one of 880 nationwide, will close Mar. 1, potentially putting 69 employees out of work. Overall, the department-store chain is shedding more than 6,000 jobs.

    According to a press release:


  • Grub Notes: Buffalo's to Close at End of Year


    Buffalo's Southwest Café, in the Beechwood Shopping Center, may technically be a chain, but the folks who own it locally (Rick and Sharon Roberts) have always run it more like a small business than like a franchise. Come Jan. 1, it (and the location of Fatburger just inside the door) will close permanently.


  • Grub Notes: Pulaski Heights BBQ's Smokehouse Destroyed By Fire

    Pulaski Heights BBQ experienced a pretty major fire over the Thanksgiving holidays, but the Flagpole Athens Favorites winner has a plan to be back up and running ASAP.

    Owner Chuck Ramsey says they put out all of their Thanksgiving food Thursday morning, "shut the smoker down, and left around 1 [p.m.]. I got a call at 2:40 from a neighbor saying the smoke coming out didn't look right. It totally gutted the smokehouse and destroyed the smoker. The fire inspector hasn't been able to determine a cause yet, but said it didn't look like arson."


  • In the Loop: Gov. Deal Declares Drought Restrictions in Athens

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    Gov. Nathan Deal declared Athens-Clarke and other North Georgia counties to be in a "Level 2" drought today, tightening outdoor water use restrictions for more than 50 counties.

    “Today’s declaration is driven by an extended period of little or no rain and increasing dryness in the impacted areas,” Richard Dunn, director of the state Environmental Protection Division, said in a news release. “What’s more, there is little hope for relief as weather forecasters expect an unusually warm, dry winter across most of the state.”


  • In the Loop: Athens Did Its Part to Help Elect Hillary Clinton (and More Local Election Results)

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    Most of us can empathize with this guy watching the results come in at Hi-Lo.

    Most Flagpole readers probably are still processing Donald Trump’s stunning upset, the biggest since at least Harry Truman in 1948. If it’s any small comfort for local Democrats, you did just about everything you could to elect Hillary Clinton.

    Turnout was higher in Clarke County this year than in 2012, with 4,000 more votes cast, and Clinton won 65 percent of the Athens vote, outpacing Obama by two percentage points. Trump won just 28 percent of the vote locally, six points less than Mitt Romney. Libertarian Gary Johnson won 4 percent—a bit higher than usual—and 1,137 people cast write-in votes, but looks as if third-party candidates drew more from Trump than Clinton, at least locally.

    Still, Trump won Georgia handily, 51-46, which is about the usual margin we’ve come to expect here. I have thoughts on the national race—though I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t care, given the pundits’ record—and we’ll get to those, but first, some more local results:


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