Local Stories on Reopening Midtown

We've kept in touch with business owners and arts and cultural leaders in Midtown throughout the pandemic to find out how they're managing and what their reopening plans are, as well as their challenges. Sign up for our monthly general news and business e-newsletters to get the latest.


Bank of America Plaza Has Room For Everyone

Published November 5, 2020 — The owners of Bank of America Plaza, the tallest building in the Southeast, are going to great lengths to ensure their office tenants are staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Colony Square Gears Up for 2021 Grand Reopening

Published October 1, 2020 — There's lots to celebrate at Colony Square, with new restaurants and retail businesses coming online, big new office tenants, the opening of IPIC in December and a food hall with mostly outdoor seating to be unveiled in concert with its spring 2021 grand reopening. 

The Fox Theatre Restoring Its 'Heart and Soul' During Shutdown

Published September 3, 2020 — The historic theatre will likely be among the last to reopen, but it's uing the time away to restore its majestic organ, marquee and more.


MARTA Doubles Down on Strategies to Bring Riders Back When Pandemic Subsides

Published August 6, 2020 — Despite low ridership due to COVID-19, CEO Jeffrey Parker sees the agency playing vital role in city's future.


Construction on Midtown Hotel Continues During Industry-Wide Uncertainty

Published July 15, 2020 — Hotel stays may be down due to COVID-19, but Noble Investment Group’s dual-branded hotel at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue is continuing on schedule and will top out in September.


Olive Bistro Sticks With To-Go Orders, Outdoor Dining… For Now

Published June 10, 2020 — A global pandemic was the last thing Olive Bistro Co-Owner Kay Masri was expecting when she relocated her restaurant to Juniper Street last year. But the Mediterranean bistro is surviving these tough times with curbside pickup, to-go beer and wine and support from neighbors. 


High Museum of Art Welcomes Guests Back in July 

Published July 2, 2020 — The spacious High Museum of Art reopened in mid-July with a timed ticketing system to allow guests to enjoy its thousands of works in small groups. The museum’s reopening lined up with an all-new installation in its Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza, “Murmuration.”


Midtown Restaurants Reopen for Dine-In Service With New Safety Protocols

Published July 2, 2020 — Many restaurants in Midtown have reopened for modified dine-in — and some have been forced to temporarily close again as new cases arise. We spoke to Steve Simon of Fifth Group Restaurants, including South City Kitchen, Ecco and Lure; Craig Richards of Lyla Lila; and Hugh Acheson of Empire State South about their safety protocols and what adjustments they’ve made as the pandemic continues.


Atlanta Botanical Garden Helps Visitors Find Room to Bloom

Published June 4, 2020 — The Atlanta Botanical Garden was one of the city’s first places to reopen, as its sprawling 30 acres allow plenty of room for social distance. The garden’s staff and leadership also introduced plenty of other safety procedures, including a mask policy, timed ticketing and a mask policy for indoor spaces.


Arts and Cultural Organizations Expand Reach by Going Virtual

Published June 4, 2020 — Although they are currently unable to hold in-person performances, Whole World Improv Theater and the Center for Puppetry Arts have found wider audiences than ever by streaming performances and offering online workshops.

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