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Atkins Park Tavern celebrates 90 years with a Prohibition Dinner Party
Atkins Park Tavern celebrates 90 years with a Prohibition Dinner Party


VA-HI  – (Submitted by Melissa Libby and Associates)  Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia-Highland is turning 90 years old next month and in honor of its anniversary, the restaurant will host a special Prohibition Dinner on Wednesday, February 29 and a Prohibition Party on Thursday, March 8.

“The restaurant industry and the neighborhood have changed so much since I first took ownership of Atkins Park Tavern, and I really just want this to be a fun celebration of how long we’ve been a part of the Atlanta neighborhood scene,” says Atkins Park Tavern Owner Warren Bruno.

The Prohibition Dinner begins at 7 p.m. on February 29 and will feature four cocktails paired with four plates, including the following:

  • Speakeasy snacks such as Devils on Horseback, Welsh rarebit, deviled eggs and salt roasted nuts

Black Velvet

  • Clams Casino

Terrapin cask conditioned rye pale ale (brewed with orange peel by Terrapin Owner/Brewmaster Spike Buckowski)

  • Medallions of lamb, sauce chasseur and asparagus au gratin

Old Fashioned

  • Chocolate Charlotte with burnt almond caramel

Mint Julep

The dinner costs $40 per person and guests can reserve a spot by calling 404-876-7249.

The Prohibition Party on March 8 will begin at 6 p.m. with a limited open bar and complimentary buffet in the dart board area until 7 p.m. For the event, Atkins Park will have two satellite bars, one located in the back of the main dining room and one upstairs in the private dining room, in addition to the main bar.

A special prohibition menu from Chef Andrew Smith will replace the restaurant’s regular list of entrees during dinner service. Specials for the evening will include items such as Scotch eggs, oysters Rockefeller, stuffed broiled lobster and suckling pig porchetta and will range in price from $5 to $24.

Live music will be provided by Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, who will be performing songs that evoke the jazz, ragtime and blues of the 1920s, in the restaurant’s main dining room from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A costume contest will take place at 10:30 p.m., and all guests are encouraged to wear 1920s attire. A prize package including $100 cash, a $25 Atkins Park Tavern gift certificate and a 90th anniversary merchandise gift bag will be awarded to the best dressed male and female. The staff will be dressed in Prohibition-era attire as well. Atkins Park will also show old 1920s movies and Boardwalk Empire on all televisions throughout the restaurant, and a Photobooth will be set up in the upstairs private dining room so guests can get their photos taken with 1920s props.  The Photobooth will be sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), and each $5 photo donation will be donated to the 2012 Georgia Chain Gang and the team’s endurance Race Across America for LLS. 

“The public has become so intrigued by the 1920s with the recent popularity of Prohibition-era cocktails and shows like Boardwalk Empire, so it’s the perfect theme for this party and a way to help our current patrons envision what the tavern was like when it first opened,” says Atkins Park Managing Partner Kyle Taylor. “We hope our party guests will be truly excited to embrace this era and will arrive decked out in roaring twenties costumes,” he adds. 

Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia-Highland is located at 749 N. Highland Avenue.  The restaurant opens daily at 11:30 a.m. and stays open until 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday and until 12 a.m. on Sunday.  For more information, call 404-876-7249 or visit www.atkinspark.com