Plans are coming into clearer focus for two gaming concepts that plan to use old buildings near Atlanta BeltLine trails in creative new ways.
Atlanta-based Painted Hospitality says the additions to its roster of “Painted” entertainment, hospitality, and food-and-beverage offerings are on pace to open this winter. The company currently operates the Painted Pin in Buckhead and the Painted Duck in West Midtown.
The first new concept expected to open, the Painted Pickle, is claiming warehouse space at 279 Ottley Drive in Armour Yards, a former industrial district that will soon be connected to paved BeltLine when the Northeast Trail’s Segment 2 opens this fall, linking the Lindbergh area to Piedmont Park.
The facility will also be adjacent to a forthcoming Northeast Trail stretch the BeltLine recently scored $25 million in federal funding to build.
Location of the Painted Pickle’s forthcoming warehouse conversion at 279 Ottley Drive in Armour Yards, just north of Interstate 85. Google Maps
The 32,500-square-foot Painted Pickle is described as a “high end pickleball compeatery™”—in other words, a mix of indoor and outdoor space that melds America’s fastest growing sport with a menu offering everything from sushi to charcuterie, cocktails, local craft beer, artisanal wines, and a stage for live music.
Other spaces will see free competitive pub games and social perks, such as shuffleboard, darts, beach and lawn games, an indoor putting green, ping pong, bucketball, subsoccer tables, and cornhole.
The indoor pickleball component will feature eight courts with permanent nets and a cottage clubhouse. An elevated central seating area will overlook center court, while one signature court will be located outside.
According to project leaders, Painted Pickle is aiming to open in December.
Planned interiors at the Painted Pickle on Ottley Drive. Painted Hospitality/David Heimbuch Architect
Painted Pickle exterior near the BeltLine’s under-construction Northeast Trail. Painted Hospitality/David Heimbuch Architect
Meanwhile, along the Eastside Trail in Inman Park, Painted Hospitality is shedding light on what to expect with the entertainment-focused remake of the longtime Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at Parish space, which recently began construction.
The North Highland Avenue concept, Painted Park, will include a tunnel that provides a link from the Eastside Trail, beneath a parking lot, to the main building.
Plans call for a “park” component behind a fence next to the Eastside Trail, offering fire pits and a gazebo bar alongside classic beach and lawn games.
Elsewhere will be two indoor bars, two patios, a lower-level “vintage gaming room” with games such board, table, dice, and card games, plus a dance floor and “floating suspended DJ booth,” according to Painted Hospitality.
A fresh look at how Painted Park’s under-construction tunnel component will look and function. Painted Hospitality/W. Jay George Design
Plans for the expanded Eastside Trail-fronting side of the Painted Park concept, previously Parish restaurant in Inman Park. Painted Hospitality/W. Jay George Design
Painted Park’s menu will specialize in “classic and nostalgic bar fare” with small plates, salads and bowls, sandwiches, a house-cut frites section, and a category devoted to “baskets,” per project leaders.
Justin Amick, Painted Hospitality president and CEO, called the Painted Park location a “special place” in that he and several employees were part of the Concentrics Restaurants team owned by his family that opened Parish some 15 years ago.
“It’s a real full circle moment,” Amick said in a prepared statement. “We’re so excited to be coming home where it all started and believe we have one of the best spaces on the entire Eastside Trail.”
Site plan for Painted Park’s outdoor components. Painted Hospitality/W. Jay George Design
Painted Park is targeting an opening date in early January, right after New Year’s, according to Amick and company.
Menus for both new concepts are being created by Painted Hospitality’s executive chef Thomas Collins, who also oversees the food program at the Painted Pin and Painted Duck.
Find more project renderings and context in the gallery above.
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