Manuel’s Tavern added to National Register of Historic Places

Manuel’s Tavern has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. AJC file photo
Manuel’s Tavern has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. AJC file photo

Manuel’s Tavern in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood is a must-stop spot for politicians, and has been for decades. It will close at the end of the month for a face-lift.

An iconic tavern in Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood in Atlanta is now officially a historic landmark.

Manuel’s Tavern has officially been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of May 29, the tavern said in a news release Monday.

Manuel’s has become one of Atlanta’s political hubs throughout the years, attracting presidents, journalists, clergy and other various politicians.

The tavern opened in 1956 at the same location as Harry’s Delicatessen, a longtime neighborhood deli that served beer following the end of Prohibition. It was owned by Manuel Maloof.

“Over two decades, as Maloof expanded the operation into every storefront of the building, the reputation of the tavern also grew,” a news release said. “Political campaigns were announced at Manuel’s, debate and election results watch parties were hosted in its dining rooms, and the Atlanta Press Club held its monthly meetings here until the 1980s.”

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation, the organization’s website said. The National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

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