Exclusive: Restaurant, dog ‘oasis’ bound for prominent Decatur corner

For the second time this week, eastside construction activity has been revealed on these pages to be the start of new dog-centric hangout concepts coming to town.

Officials have confirmed to Urbanize Atlanta that Off Leash—billed as a “state-of-the-art oasis for canines and dog owners”—is slated to open this year on a prominent downtown Decatur corner across the street from Kimball House restaurant and the city’s popular Dairy Queen.

It will mark the second location for Off Leash, with another expected to open in June on Alpharetta’s South Main Street.

According to Michael Wess, a Bull Realty partner who brokered the deal, Off Leash hopes to begin construction at 240 E. Trinity Place this spring and open sometime in fall 2024.

The 240 East Trinity Place site this week as it was being prepped for demolition and site work. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

A company statement provided to Urbanize describes the concept as a “premium dog park” where “doggie dreams come true.” Expect an indoor restaurant (for humans) offering a “casual, yet elevated, dining experience” with a large patio attached. That patio, naturally, will be dog-friendly.

Next to that will be a private dog park, partially covered, that “will provide space for year-round play so pups and their people can let loose rain or shine,” reads the company statement.

Off Leash will also offer doggie memberships for return visitors. The company promises a team of trained “dogtenders” will be on hand to ensure cleanliness and that pooches are behaving their wild selves. No renderings for the Decatur Off Leash location were available this week.

The .65-acre property, for now, includes an open field that’s long been a blank spot in downtown Decatur’s otherwise walkable and vibrant fabric. Next door is a low-rise building where Joe May Cleaners, a dry-cleaning business, had operated before recently vacating to a new location nearby.

Bull Realty’s marketing materials described the property as being “one-of-a-kind” for downtown Decatur, positioned within a seven-minute walk of the city’s historic square.

Courtesy of Bull Realty; designs, Robert M. Cain, Architect

One potential layout option with an emphasis on patios and greenspace, as shown in Bull Realty marketing materials. These renderings don’t necessarily reflect how the Off Leash concept will look. Courtesy of Bull Realty; designs, Robert M. Cain, Architect

The announcement follows news this week that a 1950s office complex in Edgewood near Pullman Yards is expected to become the first Georgia location of Skiptown, a “Disneyland for dogs” that hopes to open by this summer.

In the gallery above, find more context and marketing materials that vividly illustrate how the Decatur corner site could be brought to life.

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