One of Atlanta’s most storied, no-frills musical establishments is getting a festive, funky, food-and-beverage neighbor.
That’s according to a Special Administrative Permit application filed with the city last week by an entity called Star Metals Cantina.
According to that paperwork, a concept called Pachengo’s is planned to occupy a vacant, hollowed-out structure on Northside Tavern’s northwestern flank, fronting Brady Avenue.
The proposal calls for "a bar room, stairs to a proposed outdoor mezzanine level above [that bar room], a canopy structure with a sliding door over an outdoor dining area, and a location for a permanent food truck within the establishment,” according to the SAP application.
Applicants are seeking a setback variance for the upgrades in order to fit all changes onto the tight site.
Renderings indicate existing graffiti will be retained, alongside a jungle of new landscaping and planters.
The filings note the existing Northside Tavern and Howell Mill Road frontage of the restaurant property will not be changed. Naturally.
The Northside’s building has stood along Howell Mill since the 1940s, and it’s operated as a blues club for half a century, owned by the same family.
Forty-one parking spaces for the new Pachengo’s concept will be located at 712 11th Street, a lot behind a temporary Fishmonger outpost operating in the former La Fonda Cantina space, according to the SAP application. No timeline for construction is specified.
Here’s a look at what’s cooking beside one of Atlanta’s most legendary dives:
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