Certainly, the General Muir remains the group’s flagship restaurant — celebrated for its mix of deli staples enhanced by Ginsberg’s fine-dining background and inventive entrees. It has been tough to see it struggle during the pandemic, he said, since its success “led us to have our other restaurants.”
Interestingly, some of the neighbors from across the street were among the first to step in and help.
The General Muir’s pastrami sandwich with mustard on double-baked rye comes with a whole half-sour pickle. CONTRIBUTED BY BOB TOWNSEND
“The CDC has brought us great business,” Ginsberg said. “They’ve been very loyal customers. They’ve done fundraising for us over the past two months. And, they’ve even had some fundraisers with their employees for our employees, so that’s been great. Between the CDC and Emory, those are the driving forces of our breakfast and lunch service, and we’re very grateful.”
Since opening, the General Muir has been a fixture for the area’s Jewish community, too, and that has continued during the pandemic, with heat-and-eat Friday night Shabbat dinners available for takeout weekly.
“The Friday night Shabbat meal is probably something we should have been doing for a long time,” Ginsberg said. “But, we’ve been so busy that we didn’t really entertain the idea until things slowed down, like so many things in life, now. It’s been kind of fantastic. It’s just another example of the community rallying around us.”
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THE GENERAL MUIR
Menu: heat-and-eat family-style meals for three to six, appetizing and deli packages for eight, smoked salmon and bagels, noshes, salads, sandwiches, soup, sides, desserts, fresh baked bread from TGM Bread (next door), special Friday night Shabbat dinner available weekly
What's new: expanded menu, with more options for pastries and items from TGM Bread; coffee drinks; weekend dinner specials, with fried chicken on Saturdays and Chinese on Sundays coming in late May
Alcohol: beer, wine and other beverages available for takeout
What I ordered: family-style brisket dinner with potatoes and carrots ($39); pastrami with mustard sandwich on double-baked rye ($12); smoked salmon with cream cheese, tomato, onion and capers on a plain bagel ($11). The brisket dinner came in a large aluminum tray with directions for reheating. It easily could serve four, with thick, juicy beef slices, and fresh, chunky veggies. The hefty, nicely fatty pastrami sandwich was perfect on aromatic rye, and came with a huge half sour pickle. Refrigerated, then brought to room temperature the next day, the salmon and bagel set made for a delicious, deconstructed breakfast treat.
Service options: takeout ordering through the website, on-site at the restaurant, online for pickup or for delivery through DoorDash, by phone or email; option for curbside pickup with no-touch credit card processing
Safety protocols: workers following CDC guidelines and wearing masks and gloves; continuous sanitizing of surfaces; hand sanitizer available for customers and staff
Address, phone: 1540 Avenue Place, Atlanta, 678-927-9131
Hours: The General Muir, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; TGM Bread, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; DoorDash delivery 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
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