The Lawrence is now open in 903 Juniper. Same guys as Top Flr. Had a chance to stop in and meet them, and they are really nice and excited for the new restaurant, and the buildout looks absolutely fabulous! Haven't had a chance to try it yet.
Interior reminds me of a cross between Bistro Niko (white porcelain tiles) and West Egg and some places I've seen in other cities.
I live in 1280 West so I walked by the Arts Center today and noticed what looked like a PR/media firm in one of the spaces and potentially something else going in next door? I'll investigate.
Also over the past week everyone has crawled out of the woodwork. Midtown has been BUSTLING. Really makes me proud to be a resident when I see all the people walking about, all the construction, the new businesses, and all of the progress going on. Every year gets better and better, and I suspect the 3 new developments will do their parts to add even more people to the streets.
The new Mediterranean restaurant next to Arden's Garden is rumored to go 24 hour. (Cafe Agora Midtown). He has made a lot of progress on the suite and will open soon.
Oh AND I think the Beltline was doing construction on its overpass over Ponce, just like it wrapped up Ralph McGill a couple weeks ago. Amazing progress there and the Art on the Beltline series is coming up!
I really think the first place in the south that will resemble a neighborhood like River North/Streeterville in Chicago will be Midtown Atlanta. And I'm just happy to see all the infill absorbing. 1010 has been selling like crazy from what I hear - and that is with prices that are coming back up. The place near Piedmont Park that has remained unfinished for years now is going to finally open as rentals.
While I'm happy for progress in cities like Houston, I laugh when I see their Midtown Houston construction/area pics. It's nice to see infill wherever it goes, but really there is no comparison for urbanity in Houston to intown Atlanta. Midtown Atlanta, second only to Midtown Manhattan and one of the only 2 real Midtowns in the country, is truly shaping up to be something to be proud of. The energy has been incredible now that the sun is out and temps are way up. Restaurants are doing major business and all the outdoor seating has been filled to the brim. Lots of vehicular traffic, lots of typical honking (love honking in the city), of course lots of taxis (I can't think of many cities in the country with more taxis), and now lots of people walking about shopping and exploring! Dogwood Festival is coming up and marks the start of festival season in Atlanta, which will mean a ton of foot traffic for downtown and midtown and all the intown neighbs. Employment numbers are up. The city is currently unstoppable (we'll see).
I saw some photographers out today, too, catching the filming taking place on West Peachtree, Spire condos, etc.