a glossy magazine tailored to readers with a passion for “an adventure-bound, art-loving, skeet-shooting lifestyle.” Media company Garden & Gun has fast become an invaluable resource for all things American South. Since its inception in 2007, the influential brand has expanded to include The Whole Hog podcast, multiple New York Times best sellers, Mercantile + Co and Feildshop retail stores and most recently, and notably, the Garden & Gun Club bar and restaurant.
Located a stone’s throw from the Brave’s stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, Garden & Gun’s sophisticated foray into brick and mortar hospitality was envisioned in collaboration with architecture/design studio Workstead. The goal of the project was to extract the sights, tastes and culture so celebrated in the brand’s magazine and bring them to life in true southern style. From the venue’s Charleston Green facade and gingham cement floors to it’s pared back paneling and abstract, antler-inspired chandeliers… the results are equal parts forward looking and nostalgic – redefining southern hospitality in a gallant new light.
Upon entry, a lively bar scene lies at center in the form of a cypress wood and soapstone Club and Oyster Bar. At front, a small outdoor dining space and a series of long glass windows offer a place to see and be seen. A deeper dive reveals the rich restaurant area clad in dark upholstered paneling, earthy leather chairs, and handsome Cypress booths and banquettes. Above, an array of Lodge Chandeliers offer a luminous glow matched only by the coordinating Lodge Sconces made of oak and brass.
The carefully crafted menu is a work of art in its own right – featuring the culinary stylings of award winning chefs Mike Lata and Adam Nemiro of Charleston’s celebrated FIG and The Ordinary restaurants. The cuisine’s inspiration is unmistakably southern with an updated approach to regional classics ranging from white shrimp delicately fried in cornmeal to Banana Pudding with peanut butter whipped cream. From entry to entrée to digestif – the new Garden & Gun Club succeeds in evoking an unmistakable sense of place, leaving this northern native reveling in the southern charm while longing for just one more mint julep.