Downtown Decatur’s roster of social hangouts is about to grow.

Competitive Social Ventures announced today a second location of its Roaring Social concept is bound for a 7,500-square-foot space across the street from Decatur’s Historic Square. Expect a restaurant and bar on the first level and a full-service speakeasy in the basement, with boutique bowling lanes, an entertainment stage, a dance floor, bar seating, and a VIP section.  

The two separate concepts will be called Sophia’s Café and Cocktails (upstairs) and RoSo Treasury (positioned behind a banker’s vault downstairs). The latter offering, a nod to 1920s vintage glam, will require a “secret password” for entry, and the motif calls for dim lighting, live music, and plush velvet seating, according to CSV reps.  

The location is described as a Class-A building at the corner of Clairmont Avenue at W. Ponce de Leon Avenue. The only building fitting that description is the renovated 101 W. Ponce complex fronting both streets. (We’ve asked project reps for clarification on exactly what portion of those buildings Roaring Social will occupy, and we’ll update this story with any additional details that come.) [UPDATE: 3:55 p.m., June 12: We're informed that Sophia's will be located in the detached part of the 101 W. Ponce complex and Roaring Social will be in the basement of the taller building next door. "You will have to go through Sophia's to enter Roaring Social," according to a project rep.]

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The six-story building's revised street frontage at 101 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue. Courtesy of Colliers; photography by Nick Shiovitz

Plans call for opening Roaring Social late in the fourth quarter of this year. It will follow a concept of the same name that opened in downtown Alpharetta in 2021 as part of the Hamilton boutique hotel project.

Elsewhere, CSV owns and operates four entertainment venues in Georgia under several brands, including Fairway Social, Roaring Social, and Pickle and Social. 

Previously occupied by Emory Healthcare, the 109,000-square-foot property at 101 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. was redeveloped by asset management firm The RMR Group in 2022.

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The six-story building and an outbuilding beside it—originally constructed in 1992—are located immediately north of Decatur’s Historic Square, among a West Ponce de Leon Avenue strip with some of the city’s most prized restaurant and retail destinations. It’s been described by marketers as a “creative and amenity rich office building,” with features that include a communal conference facility, fitness center, modernized lobby, and a large courtyard off Ponce, for eateries or shops to operate.  

Swing up to the gallery for Roaring Social Decatur preview images.


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