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Listen: The Varsity celebrates 90 years of ‘What’ll Ya Have?’

This week’s accessAtlanta podcast explores the history and traditions of an Atlanta dining institution 

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In 1928, Frank Gordy opened the Varsity at the corner of North Avenue and Spring Street in Atlanta. 

Chili dogs and the Frosted Orange drink are still in style as the Varsity celebrates its 90th birthday this month.

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There are four other Varsities now, along with two kiosks at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but there’s nothing like the original on North Avenue. The Midtown Varsity boasts the largest drive-in restaurant in the country. The space covers more than 5 acres, and can accommodate 600 cars and 800 people inside. 

AJC food and dining editor Ligaya Figueras recently visited the Midtown Varsity location. Listen as she talks with Gordon Muir, Varsity president and Gordy’s grandson, as well as longtime employees and loyal diners about the memories created at this Atlanta landmark.

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