AJC Summer 2021 Dining Guide: Restaurant Refresh

Banshee in East Atlanta Village has a room-like covered patio with a full bar, plus additional seating on the deck. 
Wendell Brock for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Banshee in East Atlanta Village has a room-like covered patio with a full bar, plus additional seating on the deck. Wendell Brock for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Credit: Wendell Brock

Credit: Wendell Brock

If you’ve only recently ventured from your pandemic pod, you’re probably noticing the many changes that have occurred to the dining landscape over the past 15 months.

Some Atlanta restaurants, unfortunately, have closed forever. But, plenty of new ones have emerged on the scene. While you were at home, restaurants were busy giving a fresh face to their footprints — from patio makeovers to market additions.

During the pandemic, social media leveled the playing field, with Instagram posts beckoning hungry foodies to a plethora of scrappy new pop-ups.

Thanks to a recently passed alcohol law, bars and restaurants can bottle boozy concoctions for carryout sales, while modified open-carry regulations have increased the public spaces where you can amble with a drink in hand.

Here, check out our AJC Restaurant Refresh: Some of our top picks for patios, to-go cocktails, pop-ups, grocery store-restaurant hybrids and new brunch spots.

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