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Farewell, Federer Friday

September 16 — Grady Hospital will get $130 million in federal funds to add 200 more beds to offset the closure of Atlanta Medical Center in November. 


☀️ There aren't enough sun emojis to properly convey how perfect the weather will be this weekend. Low-to-mid 60° when you wake up, and highs of 83° today and tomorrow. 

📝 Mayor Andre Dickens' office pushed back against Councilmember Mary Norwood's editorial on a conservative-leaning website that said "Buckhead is not getting what we need or deserve."

⭐️ Star Community Bar in Little Five Points is in lease discussions with the building owner to stay open into 2023. 

🔋 A new study finds that Georgia's electric car charging network is on track to support growth.

🌮 Only 100 brisket tacos will be served on Sunday morning at NFA Burger's first-ever "Breakfast Taco Mashup." 


GLOBAL BUSINESS

⛰️ Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard has donated his $3 billion company to a nonprofit that will ensure the company's profits are used to combat climate change. “Hopefully this will influence a new form of capitalism that doesn’t end up with a few rich people and a bunch of poor people,” Mr. Chouinard told The New York Times.

⏱ Today's newsletter is  stories.

• Zesto closing in Buckhead
• Tabitha Soren exhibition opens
• 'Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul’
• The Sports Section

AND 
• Top stories from the week

🇬🇧 If you're setting your alarm for Monday morning, the Queen's funeral begins at 6 a.m.

Have an amazing weekend!
Collin + Sammie


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*SPONSOR MESSAGE* 🍷 The Dunwoody Wine Stroll is BACK! Dunwoody Parks & Rec and the Atlanta Sport & Social Club present an afternoon of wine tasting at Pernoshal Park, Sept. 17, from 3-7 p.m. Food and drinks from local faves Gilly’s Sports Bar, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Moondog Growlers, and more. 21+ to attend. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
1. Zesto closing on Piedmont Rd.
 

🍦 Atlanta will lose another landmark restaurant when the Zesto on Piedmont Rd. in Buckhead closes on Sunday after more than 50 years in business. The restaurant is well-known for its ice cream, hot dogs, and burgers.

Co-owner Leigh Ann Livaditis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the property at 2469 Piedmont Rd. had been sold to an undisclosed buyer.

Livaditis said labor shortages and continued loitering issues had deterred customers. The family owned, fast-food chain, originally opened in 1949, closed its Little Five Points location last year, and now only two remain: East Atlanta and Forest Park.
  

➡️ Read more about Zesto closing here, and from the Intown archive, read Annie Kinnett Nichols' 70th anniversary tribute.

2. From MTV to reality 

 📷  Photographer Tabitha Soren’s solo exhibition, Relief, opens tonight at Jackson Fine Art in Buckhead.

Unlike any exhibition that has come before, the retrospective spans three collections and a decade of development and evolution in Soren's career.

Her works, which often exist within the gray areas of shared human experience, explore themes of tension and connection. Soren – who became a household name as an on-air reporter for MTV News in the 90s –  spoke to our colleague Isadora Pennington about her path, and shared her artistic motivations in the days leading up to opening night.

“I’m always trying to visualize a psychological state,” Soren said. “The connective tissue to the three bodies of work is a certain amount of anxiety, dread, and discomfort.” 


➡️ Read Isadora's profile of Sopren ahead of the retrospective. 

ALSO OPENING

🖌️ Artist Anderson Smith opens Gallery Anderson Smith tonight in Buckhead Village with a special exhibition, music, and more from 7-10 p.m.

We featured Smith
 on the cover of Atlanta Intown in 2021.
3. Film Review: 'Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.'


⛪ Towards the end of “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown) stands at the pulpit of an empty and echoing Atlanta megachurch. The once overflowing pews have fallen silent following a mass exodus of congregants in the wake of a sexual misconduct scandal involving the pastor.

As Lee-Curtis rehearses the sermon he plans to deliver the day the church reopens, his wife Trinitie (Regina Hall) watches silently from the front row. 

Performativity is the name of the game in “Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul,” a scathing, wickedly funny satire of religion, misogyny, homophobia, and everything in between. Written and directed by Adamma Ebo, the film is not just interested in the tension between performance and truth, but also in what happens when you can’t tell the difference anymore. 


🎥 Read the whole review here. 

*SPONSOR MESSAGE* 🍷 The Dunwoody Wine Stroll is BACK! Dunwoody Parks & Rec and the Atlanta Sport & Social Club present an afternoon of wine tasting at Pernoshal Park, Sept. 17, from 3-7 p.m. Food and drinks from local faves Gilly’s Sports Bar, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Moondog Growlers, and more. 21+ to attend. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
4. The Sports Section

🎾 First it was Serena Wiliams, now it's Roger Federer's turn. The 20-time grand slam winner announced on Instagram (above) he will retire after next week's Laver Cup.

🏈 It will be another packed day of college football tomorrow.

➡ The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks (noon ESPN).

➡ Georgia Tech hosts Ole Miss (3:30 p.m. ABC).

➡ Kennesaw State faces Wofford College (6 p.m. ESPN+).

➡ Georgia Southern hopes to continue its winning streak when they travel to UAB (1:30 p.m.,
stream it here).
 
🐏 After a disappointing season opener to the Saints, the Falcons will be in LA taking on the Rams on Sunday (4:05 p.m. FOX).
 
🍑 In high school football, The Drive for the GHSA State Title continues tonight with a Class 7A matchup between Walton and Marietta, live on Peachtree TV at 8 p.m. Stream it here.
 
⚾️ With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the Braves are battling with the Mets for the top spot in the NL East. They face the Phillies at home tonight (7:20 BSS). Seats are still available.  
 
⚽️ Atlanta also hosts Philadelphia on the soccer pitch as the Five Stripes take on Philadelphia Union tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Tickets.
 

🏀 Game four of the WNBA finals takes place on Sunday. (4 p.m. ESPN) Las Vegas leads Connecticut two games to one.  

🏎 Mark your calendar and start your engines.  Atlanta Motor Speedway will host two NASCAR weekends in 2023.  The Ambetter Health 400 will take place the weekend of March 19, and the Quaker State 400 will be the weekend of July 9.
5. Top stories of the week

Here are this week's top stories from our sister publications Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.  

1️⃣ Concern deepens over 'shocking" Atlanta Medical Center closure announcement (pictured).

2️⃣ Developer holds out lifeline to L5P landmark Star Community Bar.


3️⃣ Atlanta mayor names Jahnee Prince as city plannin commissioner

4️⃣ Emory, Georgia Tech, UGA make U.S. News list of top universities

5️⃣ Sandy Springs keeps fountain, dumps pedestrian bridge for Veterans Park.
🍴 Punk Foodie has your weekend roundup of food trucks and pop-ups both inside and outside the Perimeter, including Texas-style ribs from barbecue royalty Keenan's, at a luau at Pontoon Brewing in Dunwoody on Saturday. 
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