The Nest Kennesaw opening today

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Fans of beer and barbecue will have a new spot in Kennesaw to check out starting today.

"We love what The Porter (in Little Five Points) and Brick Store (in Decatur) do intown, and we wanted to offer something of that quality OTP," said partner Brandon King.

The Nest Kennesaw is located in two historic downtown Kennesaw houses from the 1880s, updated but with their "old character" still intact, according to King. The houses are joined by a 2,000-square-foot patio with a fireplace.

The Nest will serve a traditional barbecue menu featuring items including ribs, pulled pork, chicken and brisket sandwiches and fried chicken. Appetizers, salads, soups, sides, specialty sandwiches, tacos and dessert are also on the menu.

But what to wash it all down with? Choose from a craft brew, nitro beer, soda, cask ale, wines or nitro coffee from The Nest's 59 (!) rotating taps.

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

The Nest is a year-in-the-making project from partners Dale Hughes; Chef Victor Amato, who previously worked for Ebony & Ivory's Chicken, Catfish & BBQ in Smyrna; Monroe Schiestel; King, who owns The Stout Brothers beer shops in Smyrna and Inman Park; and Adam & Melissa Silverberg.

The group also has its eyes set on opening five or six more restaurants in downtown Kennesaw in the future, King said. In the meantime, The Nest is set to participate in The Depot Park Beer Festival on April 2 in Kennesaw.

The Nest, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. 2921 Cherokee St. NW, Kennesaw, 678-903-6921,


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