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3 Dining Spots with a History

Rachel Madray | February 20, 2018 | Food & Drink

When you make a reservation at one of these local restaurants, you’re getting more than just a beautiful meal. These restaurants call some of Atlanta’s most historical buildings home, pulling guests into the city’s past while they enjoy a night on the town.


Rose + Rye’s owner, Thaddeus Keefe, continues the building’s connection to the arts by offering post-work and pre-theater drinks

One of the city’s newest residents—Rose + Rye—calls the Ferdinand McMillan Castle home, treating Atlantans to savory eats and a vintage view. Built and designed by McMillan, the Castle made its mark on Atlanta culture by housing artists over the years (they often paid their rent with works of art), and it was deemed a historical landmark in 1989. 87 15th St. NE, Midtown, 404.500.5980

Buckhead Diner is just one of the proud establishments owned and operated by Pano Karatassos, whom Atlantans have to thank for delectable restaurants like Pricci and Bistro Niko. The popular dining spot opened in 1987 and established itself as Atlanta’s first-ever casual-upscale eatery. And its history lives on: The ritzy diner recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. 3073 Piedmont Road NE, Buckhead, 404.262.3336

Paying homage to the previous Kimball House Hotel that is no longer in Atlanta, Decatur’s Kimball House designed its interior to resemble the old hotel bars and ballrooms that were important pieces of the hotel experience during its prime in the 19th and 20th centuries. Nosh on some oysters and sip on specially curated cocktails as the atmosphere and architecture take you back in time. 303 E. Howard Ave., Decatur, 404.378.3502


Photography by: Chris Watkins