Atlanta loves strip malls. The seemingly limitless boundaries of the metro area and relatively cheap land encourages this and developers are eager to capitalize on it. It’s hard to imagine now, but Atlanta almost lost the Fox Theatre to demolition to build a skyscraper for Southern Bell. In recent memory, the funky & contemporary Buckhead library was almost to the Streets of Buckhead project that has recently been reduced in size (now called Buckhead Atlanta.

Why on Earth would a developer want to take on an enormous, two million square foot development, with multiple buildings built at different times over the years. Dollars, yes — but there are certainly easier ways to make a buck in the commercial real estate business. As a fan of historic preservation, I’m certainly glad that Jamestown is taking the plunge. I’m a huge fan of White Provision on the Westside, and I’m excited to see what they have planned for 2014 at Ponce City Market.

Ponce City Market has big plans for the space, including retail, office space, apartment / condo living and more. Scoutmob yesterday invited Revel members to take a tours of the site with Jamestown representatives. The photos I’ve taken with my iPhone certainly don’t do the incredible panoramic views of Downtown, Midtown, the Old Fourth Ward and Buckhead justice, so if you have the chance to take a tour, it’d be worth your while.

Fortunately for us, we don’t have to wait until 2014 to get a taste of what the market has to offer. Today’s the grand opening of Batdorf & Bronson’s new Dancing Goats coffeehouse on site. B&B has had a location in Decatur for years, but now Atlantans have a location of their own, complete with a grand patio.

Jason Dominy was on hand to brew Batdorf & Bronson’s Collabrewation, their coffee created in concert with St. Louis roaster Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company. It’s the first of its kind collaboration between two specialty coffee roasters featuring a blend of Guatemalan coffee beans.

At the party I also had a chance to finally try Monday Night Brewing’s new Fu Manbrew, a delicious Belgian style beer with a hint of ginger – they’ve recently announced big location plans of their own. Atlanta company Frozen Pints was also on hand with tastes of their beer infused ice cream. Vanilla Bock & Malted Milk Chocolate Stout were my favorites, and hop heads will love the Honey IPA.

In addition to coffee, Dancing Goats serves pastries from Duck’s Cosmic Kitchen and sandwiches from neighbor 4th & Swift restaurant.

Brewing B&B’s iced Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere

I’ll be anxiously watching the progress of Ponce City Market and I’m happy to have the Batdorf & Bronson folks closer to town. If you’re interested in checking out the roaster itself which has its base on the Westside, sign up for Atlanta Culinary Tours‘ e-mail list for future Coffee 101 tour dates.

DANCING GOATS  650 North Ave Atlanta, GA 30308 404-874-0370
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