A rendering of Press Start in Summerhill.
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Video-game inspired restaurant from owner of Char Korean Bar & Grill coming to Summerhill

Yet another food and beverage concept has been announced for Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood.

Press Start, a video game-inspired restaurant, is slated to debut in spring 2020 along in the Summerhill development along Georgia Avenue from developer Carter.

The new concept comes from Richard Tang, who owns Char Korean Bar & Grill in Inman Park and is behind the forthcoming seafood restaurant Girl Diver in Reynoldstown.  

Press Start will feature a variety of Asian small plates, craft cocktails and retro video games, board games and pub games.

The spot is inspired by Tang’s “love for unexpected Asian dishes and his childhood,” according to a press release. “Some of my favorite memories from growing up involve visiting the neighborhood arcade and playing games like Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat and X-Men,” Tang said in a prepared statement. “I’ve always wanted to create a place that brings people back to their childhoods, and as the vision for this restaurant has evolved, Press Start has become a passion project for me.”

Once open, the restaurant and arcade bar will occupy a 3,069 square-foot space, with an additional 1,492 square-foot rooftop patio with shuffleboard and various pub games. The area downstairs will showcase a collection of arcade machines from the past alongside a mix of modern VR gaming consoles.

“We’re delighted to work with Richard to bring such a unique and unexpected culinary and entertainment experience to Georgia Avenue,” said Jack Murphy, senior director at Carter in a statement. “With so many openings expected in the coming year, 2020 is going to be a transformational time for Georgia Avenue and we look forward to delivering several of Atlanta’s most anticipated restaurants to the Southside.”

Press Start will be located at 63 Georgia Avenue and will join several other recently-opened concepts including Junior’s Pizzasoft serve ice cream shop Big Softie and Little Tart Bakeshopbarbecue restaurant Wood’s Chapel BBQ; and brewery Halfway Crooks Beer.

Opening later this year or early next year will be D Boca N Boca from the owner of The Real Mexican Vittles pop-up; Concept, from the founder of Hush Dinner Club; Little Bear from Eat Me Speak Me pop-up founder Jarrett Steiber; Redacted, a conspiracy theory-themed bar; Hodgepodge Coffeehouse; hot dog shop Hot Dog Pete’s and doughnut shop Hero Doughnuts. Another pop-up veteran, Talat Market, will also set up shop as brick-and-mortar nearby on Ormond Street this year.

Summerhill’s first phase of construction includes 37,000 square feet of redeveloped restaurant, retail and loft office space along Georgia Avenue, as well as 676-bed student housing project located adjacent to Georgia State Stadium. Phase two of development will include townhomes, office buildings and additional storefront shops.

Press Start is the latest business to join the 80-acre mixed-use project in Summerhill, which is currently being redeveloped by Carter, in partnership with Oakwood Development and Healey Weatherholtz Properties.

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