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Kevin Gillespie’s Cold Beer is Set to Debut July 23

Destiny Thompson
Kevin Gillespie’s Cold Beer is Set to Debut July 23

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Melissa Libby & Associates




Atlanta BeltLine-Adjacent, Sister Restaurant to Gunshow Will Feature Patio Dining, an Ever-Evolving Small Plates Menu and a Drink Selection to Quench any Thirst


ATLANTA (July 19, 2019) – Just in time to squelch the summer heat, Atlantans will finally have a chance to stroll, scoot or jog into Cold Beer, Kevin Gillespie’s latest culinary creation adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine. The much-anticipated, high-energy sister restaurant to Gillespie’s now-iconic Gunshow is set to debut July 23 in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood on the edge of Inman Park.


The name is inspired by a beloved old Georgia roadside bar Gillespie used to see on camping trips as a kid. The Atlanta chef-restaurateur-cookbook author behind Red Beard Restaurants, including Gunshow, Revival, Gamechanger and Ole Reliable, wants to offer the no-holds-barred culinary creativity made famous at Gunshow against the backdrop of the city’s more relaxed BeltLine patio scene.


“Technically speaking, Cold Beer is a bar concept,” says Gillespie. “But because of its location in the middle of Atlanta’s most popular outdoor social hub, we want Cold Beer to be a community gathering place for nonstop celebrating.”


The 7,000-square-foot space in the city’s new Edge mixed-use development (home to Atlanta’s newest Shake Shack location and Hazel Jane’s Wine & Coffee) will feature a BeltLine-facing patio and will soon unveil a rooftop deck with first-come, first-served seating. The restaurant also boasts a more formal, reservations-optional, air-conditioned dining area inside.


Leading Cold Beer’s culinary team is chef de cuisine Brian Baxter (formerly of Husk and Bastion in Nashville and personally recruited by Gillespie) along with Red Beard Restaurants beverage director Mercedes O’Brien. Gavin DeCantillon is service manager, and Wes Gray, a longtime Gunshow waiter and beer aficionado, will serve as assistant manager.


As with Gunshow, Cold Beer will emphasize an ever-evolving lineup of 15 seasonal, sharable, modern plates with no delineation between appetizers, entrées and desserts. “Like Gunshow, we’re not limiting it to Southern or traditional American,” explains Baxter. “It’s about what we feel like cooking and what we feel like eating. It’s about inspiring people to say, ‘That’s the best taste of something I’ve ever had.’ Shared plates that bring them back again and again.”


O’Brien is creating an all-new 15 drink seasonal craft cocktail menu exclusively for the space, and just in time for summer season libations, Baxter and O’Brien are currently preserving bushels of local strawberries. And as the Cold Beer name implies, there will be a dozen different brews available on tap and in cans (“from Belgium to Kennesaw,” promises Gillespie) that will rotate with the seasons and the whims of Cold Beer’s beverage director.


Similar to Gunshow, where the chefs run roughshod over the sound system, blasting metal from the kitchen, at Cold Beer, O’Brien and her bartending team will rule the rock tunes being cranked from the bar.


Entering from a matte black exterior through what resembles a whimsical kid’s drawing of a grey and yellow house, Cold Beer celebrants will encounter a light and airy atmosphere inside highlighted by a 13-foot polar bear painting by artist O.M. Norling, personally commissioned for the space by Gillespie.


The casual dining destination initially will be open for dinner only. Weekend brunch (think artfully reinvented versions of your favorite Saturday and Sunday eggy, savory and sweet dishes) will start in the near future.


“With a lively, airy bar, picnic tables and European café-vibed seating, every day at Cold Beer should feel like a party,” says Gillespie. “We want to capitalize on the energy and the vibrancy of the BeltLine to create a unique culinary communal gathering place, a new favorite hangout for you and your friends.”


Cold Beer is located at 670 DeKalb Avenue NE, Suite 101, Atlanta, Georgia 30312, along the newly opened East Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine next to the Edgewood Bridge. The front door faces the BeltLine. Street parking is available on Airline Street and Edgewood Avenue. Paid parking is available in the Edge's parking deck, with entrances on both DeKalb and Airline. Rideshares (Uber, Lyft, etc.) are encouraged and guests can be dropped off via Airline Street. Opening hours are 4 pm daily, closed on Mondays. For more information, call 404.254.1032or visit



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