Destiny Thompson

Atlanta Restaurants Work Hard for Labor Day Diners

Destiny Thompson
Atlanta Restaurants Work Hard for Labor Day Diners

Destiny Thompson

 Melissa Libby & Associates









ATLANTA (Aug. 22, 2019) – Escape the heat of the kitchen and savor the labors of Atlanta’s culinary stars this Labor Day weekend. From weekend brunches and football kickoffs to DragonCon discounts and a variety of food and drink specials, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate summer’s last hurrah.


Wookies, superheros and more, 5Church Atlanta has a deal for you. DragonCon attendees dining at the restaurant in costume over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) can slash 10 percent off their bill by sharing a photo taken at 5Church and tagging #5ChurchAtlanta. Guests with private accounts must show the server or bartender the post to receive the discount. On Friday and Saturday, guests also can kick off the long weekend at 5Church’s Sunset City rooftop party with a DJ and light bites and cocktails starting at 8 p.m. The restaurant will be closed for lunch on Monday, opening for dinner at 5 p.m.


Visitors in town for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game or just spending the long weekend in the ATL, should add a visit to Agency Restaurant & Bar to the itinerary. The trendy dining destination in Phipps Plaza is open and serving its dinner and weekend brunch over the long weekend. 


Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar is extending the weekend by staying open late on Sunday. The Virginia-Highland tavern will close at 3 a.m. Monday and reopen at 11:30 a.m. for lunch with special brunch features.


With the influx of visitors downtown, Beni’s Cubano at 231 Peachtree Street is extending its hours. Cruise in for a taste of Cuba from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.


Bring the family – and the pups – to Chido & Padre’s for a taste of Baja Mexico. The festive Buckhead eatery offers happy hour food and drink specials every day from 3-7 p.m. and is open all day on Monday serving Labor Day brunch and dinner.


Basque in the Sun at Gypsy Kitchen on Sunday, Sept. 1. The weekly patio party features a live flamenco guitarist, half off select bottles of wine, $6 glasses of rosé and sangria and paella. Festivities start at 4 p.m. Gypsy Kitchen also will be open for brunch on Monday from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. with an expansive bloody mary bar and Spanish brunch dishes.


Feeling brunchy? HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Brookhaven is extending its weekend brunch to Monday, Sept. 2. Settle in from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. for menu favorites including the Wake & Bake pizza, chicken and waffle sliders, salmon cake Benedict and $17.50 bottomless mimosas.


Labor Day weekend marks the kickoff to football season, and Irby’s Tavern scores as the “most affordable place to drink in Buckhead.” TVs will be tuned to all the big games including UGA vs. Vandy at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Game-day drink specials include beer pitchers ($12.50-$15); domestic, Mexican and seltzer buckets ($15- $17.50); and spirits and cocktails including frozen margaritas ($8.50) and Bacardi cocktails on tap ($7.50).


Get in the groove at Johnny’s Hideaway. The iconic dance club will have live music by The Classics starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 and is staying open until 3 a.m. to keep the party going.


Elegant Livingston Restaurant + Bar and casual hideaway Edgar’s P&P are prime locations for out-of-town visitors – especially those staying at the Historic Georgian Terrace Hotel. Both will be open regular hours Labor Day weekend. 


Loyal Q and Brew kicks off football season with a tailgate party on Saturday, Aug. 31. From 11 a.m.-6 p.m., football fans score a brunch buffet, mimosa and bloody mary bars, face painting and chalk for kids, raffles, contests, games and live music. Prizes include Loyal Q merchandise, brewery and distributor swag and three Yeti coolers. To cap the day, Loyal Q is roasting whole hogs that will be available for dinner.


Sports fans win with sports viewing and elevated tavern-style food at Loyal Tavern in Roswell. The welcoming sports bar scores extra points with its impressive craft beer program and extensive bourbon and whiskey selection.


Marlow’s Tavern invites guests in for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch over Labor Day weekend. Stop by a neighborhood location near you and enjoy classic American tavern fare in a fun, friendly setting.


Murphy’s in Virginia-Highland is stretching its famous brunch to Monday. Service begins at 10 a.m. with menu favorites including Eggs T. Murphy, crabcake Benedict, hazelnut-crusted French toast, chilaquiles and more.


For fun on Atlanta’s Westside, Ormsby’s is open and welcoming regulars as well as visitors attending DragonCon, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and other events. The neighborly tavern is staying open late on Sunday and will be open for lunch on Monday.


Contemporary Southern cuisine awaits at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. The historic Crabapple restaurant will be open for dinner as usual on Labor Day. For dinner at home, select among Milton Gourmet’s menu of meals to-go including roasted spring chicken and prime beef Bolognese with fresh pappardelle and all the fixings.  

Ray’s in the City is celebrating with extended hours by opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and will keep the bar lounge rocking until midnight on Friday and Saturday.


All locations of Taco Mac will be open regular hours on Labor Day with multiple big screens tuned to football viewing and a menu brimming with award-winning chicken wings, sandwiches, burgers, plenty of cold beer and more.


The Southern Gentleman in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta sets forth a Labor Day brunch of Southern-inspired fare. Highlights include a seasonal vegetable frittata, pimento cheese omelet, brunch gumbo and a selection of festive brunch cocktails. The restaurant also will be open for dinner Monday evening.


If a real beach getaway wasn’t in the cards for Labor Day, escape to The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill. Both the Buckhead and Roswell locations will be open all weekend serving its signature coastal cuisine. Deal alert:  A BOGO lobster roll special is planned for Monday.


Football and all-day Monday happy hour take center stage at Tin Lizzy’s Labor Day weekend. Screens will be tuned to all the football action on Saturday. Stop in Monday for an all-day happy hour with $4 select drafts, $5 Cinco Ritas, Cinco mojitos and Bare Bone vodka cocktails and food specials. Tin Lizzy’s downtown location will have extended hours (11 a.m.-2 a.m.) Thursday through Sunday.


For South African-inspired fare, Zunzi’s is open its regular hours Labor Day weekend. Stop in and enjoy the eatery’s signature Conquistador sandwich—crusty French bread topped with baked chicken, Romaine lettuce, tomato and Zunzi’s sauce and dressing—that was recently named the best sandwich in Georgia by People magazine and the online restaurant guide The Infatuation.     




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