When the easygoing entrepreneur isn’t tending to his business, he’s carving out time to hit up some of his favorite haunts. Here’s where you’ll likely find the 35-year-old on the weekend.
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Finger-licking good meal
At dinnertime, Carse has three loves: He's either at The Lawrence in Midtown for a burger, Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market for seafood or 97 Estoria in Cabbagetown for cocktails.
What do these restaurants have in common? The businessman always feels like he’s at home when steps in the door.
“I find that I’m drawn to the slightest relational connection,” he explained. “In addition to being at a place I like, if I connect with either a manager or waiter, just the simplest thing of remembering somebody, I do find that really makes a difference.”
His top dining picks:
The Lawrence, 905 Juniper St NE, Atlanta. 404-961-7177, thelawrenceatlanta.com.
Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St. NE W, Atlanta. 404-458-4534, ticonderogaclub.com.
97 Estoria, 727 Wylie St SE, Atlanta. 404-522-0966. 97estoria.com.
“I have a ‘buy it nice or buy it twice’ philosophy,” Carse admitted. In other words, he’s not a big shopper. In fact, the minimalist bragged about recently buying two new pairs of pants, something he hadn’t done in a couple of years.
On an average day, he's rocking his own "King of Pops" apparel whether it's a T-shirt, pin or jacket.
"Pre-Marie Kondo's Netflix show, I've always been into having very few things I like a lot instead of having a lot of stuff," he said.
When it is time to make a new purchase, he goes to Billy Reid, which has locations in the Westside Provisions District and The Shops at Buckhead. The fashion house is known for its luxury clothing, shoes and accessories.
His top shopping picks:
Billy Reid in Westside Provisions District, 1170 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta. 404-994-3144
Billy Reid at The Shops in Buckhead, 3029 Bolling Way NE, Atlanta. 470-881-8532, www.billyreid.com.
King of Pops Steven Carse. Photo: Garry Bowden.
Carse is a huge pingpong fan. When he was kid, he could barely reach the table. But now he stands over 6 feet tall and his height is no longer a barrier.
When he's in the mood for a round of table tennis on a Saturday, Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium is a no-brainer.
“If a friend is coming in to town or if I’m entertaining somebody, we usually go there at least to start the night,” he said.
To end the night, he might head to MJQ Concourse in the Poncey-Highland district. The high-energy club has guest deejays, dance parties and live music.
“It’s still really good. I’m not evolving at all,” he joked. “But when my fiance’s younger family members come to town and we’re trying to show them around, we’ve taken them there.”
His top party spot picks:
Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, 466 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-522-8276, sisterlouisaschurch.com.
MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-870-0575, thedrunkenunicorn.net.
Grant Henry, a former seminary student and church deacon, owns CHURCH, named best themed bar in the world by BuzzFeed. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
The wind down
Watching an Atlanta United game is certainly a lively experience, but it's also a relaxing one for Carse. He has season tickets.
“It’s been awesome,” he said. “I really appreciate the energy behind it. Seeing people get excited about things happening in Atlanta gets me excited about things happening in Atlanta.”
When he's not rooting for the United players at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you might see him practicing yoga at Tough Love Yoga or enjoying a worship service at Atlanta First United Methodist Church.
His top relax destinations:
Atlanta United games, 1 AMB Drive Northwest, Atlanta. 470-341-5000, atlutd.com.
Tough Love Yoga, 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-919-1008, toughloveyoga.com.
Atlanta First United Methodist Church, 360 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta. 404-524-6614, atlantafirstumc.org.
Atlanta United players pose for a team photo as they take the field to play C.S. Herediano in their Concacaf Champions League soccer match on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Kennesaw. Curtis Comptonfirstname.lastname@example.org
If you're looking for a new soul food restaurant to try, Carse recommends Greens & Gravy.
The eatery offers menu items, such as lobster mac and cheese, shrimp and grits, and lemon pepper honey fried chicken.
“It’s a good spot that’s probably a little under the radar,” he said. “But they have really good food.”
Lottafrutta is also on his list. While the colorful, pint-size eatery may be known to most for its fresh fruit bowls, Carse said the grilled sandwiches are just as delicious. He usually loads his pavo del ocho sandwich with pepperocinis, tomatoes, pickles and banana peppers.
“I go there at least once a week, usually twice,” he said. “I love it there.”
If you go:
Greens & Gravy Restaurant, 1540 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta. 404-565-2074, facebook.com/greensandgravy.
Lottafrutta, 590 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-588-0857, lottafrutta.com.
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