Old Fourth Ward restaurants, bars commit to reopening with 64 safety guidelines in place

The exterior of Noni's on Edgewood Avenue. Noni's owner Matt Ruppert is part of a task force to design a strategy for Old Fourth Ward businesses to reopen safely.
The exterior of Noni's on Edgewood Avenue. Noni's owner Matt Ruppert is part of a task force to design a strategy for Old Fourth Ward businesses to reopen safely.

Credit: HANDOUT/ATLANTA STREETCAR

Credit: HANDOUT/ATLANTA STREETCAR

More than 30 neighborhood businesses have taken Pledge to Public Health

More than 20 restaurants in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood are signing a pledge to follow 64 safety guidelines when they reopen, 25 more than the state-issued guidelines for restaurant and retail openings.

The Old Fourth Ward Business Association convened small and medium businesses within the neighborhood to design and commit to a strategy to safely reopen businesses to the public, What Now Atlanta first reported.

A taskforce of business owners from Edgewood Avenue – including Matt Ruppert of Noni’s Deli, Johnny Martinez of Joystick Gamebar, and Sarah Kim of Our Bar ATL – have designed a three-tiered Pledge to Public Health “to provide organization and collaboration for Old Fourth Ward businesses planning to re-open in the coming weeks,” according to a press release provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by the Old  Fourth Ward Business Association.

The O4W Pledge to Public Health includes three tiers and 25 health and safety measures that go beyond the government mandated protocols. Voluntary measures include requiring customers and employees to wear face masks inside all businesses, ventilating businesses regularly, providing PPE for all employees, screening customer temperatures, and having a plan for how to notify employees and clients if someone within the business test positive for COVID-19.

To date, 35 businesses -- including 21 restaurants and bars -- have taken the pledge. Participants have access to a peer learning forum, a supplier/vendor list for PPE and other materials, and template signage for their businesses. All those committing to the pledge will hang a certificate in their establishment.

To date, the following restaurants and bars have taken the pledge: 

Alkaloid Networks

Ameris Bank

Axe Throwing Atlanta

Binders Art Supplies

BlueFletch

Bone Lick Southern Kitchen

BQE Restaurant and Lounge

Caren West PR

City Winery Atlanta

Clues and Cocktails

Condesa Coffee

Dad’s Garage

Dancing Dogs Yoga

Fred Martin Welding Co.

Georgia Beer Garden

Harold’s Chicken and Ice Bar

Havana Cigars

Hilliard Partners LLC

Huskers Café

Joystick Gamebar

Just Add Honey Tea Company

Kea Beverages

The Municipal Market

Mother

Music Room

Noni’s Bar & Deli

O mi ga Vietnamese Kitchen

Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics

Our Bar ATL

Pour Taproom

Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

Spkez

Splatter Studio @ PCM

St. Germain French Bakery

Varuni Napoli

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