The interior of Folk Art Decatur.
Photo: Marco A. Alarcon
Photo: Marco A. Alarcon

Folk Art now open in the former Thumbs Up Diner space in Decatur

A popular Inman Park eatery has expanded to Decatur. 

Folk Art Restaurant opened Nov. 11 in the space previously occupied by Thumbs Up Diner at 174 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported and an employee of the restaurant confirmed to the AJC. 

The first Folk Art location opened in 2012 at 465 North Highland Ave. NE.  

The restaurant offers Southern dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch.   

“It’s the perfect place, with the perfect vibe, for Folk Art’s new location,” said co-owner Randy Parks, a longtime Decatur resident, in a press release earlier this year. “I’ve raised my family here, my first restaurant job was here. It’s just good to be back where it all started. It definitely feels full circle. I’m excited to share our great food and welcoming atmosphere with my neighbors and the wonderful community of Decatur.” 

The bar at Folk Art Decatur.
Photo: Marco A. Alarcon

The new location will feature a full menu similar to the original Inman Park outpost, with Southern breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus. The space features a full bar, local beers on tap and dining room seating for 138 with an additional 17 spots at the bar and 10 on the patio. 

The new space will share a similar visual aesthetic with the original Folk Art with murals from local artists R. Land and a rotating gallery of original pieces by a variety of Atlanta artists.

 The space will be designed by architect Leslie Ellsworth of Studio SOGO, who also designed the Inman Park location. 

Thumbs Up Diner closed in October 2018 after 10 years in the space, citing rising rents as a major reason for the closure.

For its first week, Folk Art Decatur will be open from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Nov. 18, the restaurant will be open for its regular hours from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. 

174 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. restaurantatlantaga.com/

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