PERC Coffee taking over Southern Belle space through January

Savannah-based PERC Coffee, which opened its first Atlanta location last year, will take over the Southern Belle space in Poncey-Highland through the end of the month.

The coffee shop debuted in the 2nd + Hosea development in East Lake over the summer, offering a variety of coffee drinks, baked goods and sandwiches.

PERC will offer a similar menu at Southern Belle. Chef Joey Ward, who owns Southern Belle and the adjoining concept Georgia Boy at 1043 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, said the owners of PERC are testing the waters for an additional location nearby.

Ward announced last month that Southern Belle and Georgia Boy would temporarily close beginning Jan. 1.

“As a native Atlantan, and 20-year veteran of the hospitality scene here, I know that January is typically one of the slowest business months of the year,” Ward wrote in a letter to supporters. “Consequently, we have decided to close beginning January 1 for an undetermined length of time – dependent on (potential) Government aid, Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness and population response, as well as Georgia’s notoriously unpredictable winter weather.”

Established in Savannah in 2010, PERC has served the Atlanta market on a wholesale level for years.

The temporary PERC location will operate 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Seating will be available on the Southern Belle outdoor patio.

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