South City doesn't hang pictures of famous guests on the wall a la the Buckhead Diner, and doesn't have much in the way of private dining space. Entertainers are usually fine with sitting in the dining room. Most of them, anyway. "When Usher comes he wants to be out of the way," Hymel said. "He doesn't really want people to talk to him." NBA player turned commentator Charles Barkley, on the other hand, will be hurt if you don't talk to him. "He likes to hold court," Reese said.
Celebs who visit South City are generally in a casual mood. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner came earlier this year while she was here filming "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." Afterward, "they clasped hands and just walked down the street, like they were going to go explore," Reese said. South City generally relies on referrals and word of mouth but did pursue author and reality show personality Bethenny Frankel when she was in town earlier this year. She tweeted a request for restaurant recommendations and South City Kitchen swooped in with 140 persuasive characters. (Afterward Frankel tweeted, "South City Kitchen in ATL is delicious! A must go!")