First Slice 5-25-16: You get a Super Bowl! And you get a Super Bowl! And you get a Super Bowl!

See ya later ParkAtlanta!

Photo credit:
Super Bowl 2019 is ours Atlanta. And it better be after the at least $200 million in public funds we put toward a new football field. "Falcons president Rich McKay said there are no lingering concerns about the possibility of a winter storm affecting the city's ability to host the Super Bowl." The big game heads to Miami in 2020 and L.A. in 2021. Here's Atlanta's official bid video, which praises the important role sports play in Atlanta but doesn't mention the Braves or the Hawks ....

It's a tough week to be employed by the city. After firing the airport GM and watershed commissioner this weekend, the mayor announced this week that ParkAtlanta is also out. He said he wouldn't be renewing the parking enforcer's contract, which will expire at the end of September. Think you can do it better? The city will start accepting bids in the next 30 days for new contractors.  

Turns out Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel has been secretly funding Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea's lawsuit against Gawker. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and backs Facebook, really, really hates Gawker: "Thiel, who is gay, has made no secret of his distaste for Gawker, which attempted to out him in late 2007 before he was open about his sexuality. In 2009, Thiel told PEHub that now-defunct Silicon Valley-focused publication Valleywag, which was owned by Gawker, had the 'psychology of a terrorist.' ... 'Valleywag is the Silicon Valley equivalent of Al Qaeda,' Thiel said at the time."

Staplehouse deservedly makes GQ's list of 2016's Best New Restaurants: "As I traveled the country in search of what was new and wonderful in American dining, Staplehouse acted as a kind of template. It was my first intimation that the best of what's out there are small, idiosyncratic, and intelligent restaurants, homey but not patronizing, borrowing from the evolution of fine dining but making it deeply personal—the kinds of places that make you want to move to their neighborhoods."

Happy summer. Don't get eaten by sharks.

The Blotter
COVID Updates
Latest News
Current Issue