When we opened Kevin Rathbun Steak seven years ago in Inman Park, we never could have predicted the transformation of the abandoned rail corridor next door. We knew something good would happen. But the thousands of people who walk and cycle past the restaurant on a daily basis are proof that the Beltline is working for residents, visitors and businesses like mine.
We believe the BeltLine is just in its infancy in terms of opportunity for business, the community and the city. We can’t wait for the trail to extend south next to Rathbun’s, another of our restaurants, and beyond. Restaurateurs, small business owners and large companies are quickly figuring out what we believed from the beginning: that the Atlanta BeltLine will change the city and bring economic, social and public health benefits for generations to come.
Kevin Rathbun is an Atlanta chef and owner of four restaurants.