Named after DeKalb County's longtime CEO Manuel Maloof, the tavern opened nearly 63 years ago and has long been a popular spot for nearby residents and politicians. The Maloof family still owns the tavern.
“The price for doing all the necessary renovation work was into the millions and we did not have that kind of money,” the family said in a lengthy Facebook statement posted May 3 addressing the ongoing construction.
That’s when the family decided to sell the property to a developer that would make the necessary changes.
Recent construction plans have also forced the business to dramatically reduce its free parking for patrons. Losing the lot, located on Williams Mill Road, reduced parking by 30%, owners said in the Facebook post, however, a parking study found that 22% of the cars using the lot did not belong to Manuel’s Tavern customers.
“The studies confirmed what we knew all along. All these years, we have been a convenient place for folks going elsewhere in the neighborhood,” the post said. “And while we don’t regret that old practice, we simply cannot afford to continue it. “We have discussed all this with Selig which, given its experience in the parking business, discussed various means to maximize parking for Manuel’s customers,” the owners said.
Read the full Facebook post here:
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