Eggs Benedict with Tasso ham at Folk Art in Inman Park.
Photo: Becky Stein/AJC file photo
Photo: Becky Stein/AJC file photo

Folk Art to take over former Thumbs Up Diner space in Decatur

A popular Inman Park eatery is expanding to Decatur. 

Folk Art Restaurant will take over the space previously occupied by Thumbs Up Diner at 174 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. this fall. 

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. “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 new location will feature a full menu similar to the original Inman Park outpost, with Southern breakfast, lunch , brunch and dinner menus. Other plans for the space include a full bar, local beers on tap and dining room seating for 100 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.


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