Omnivore - Here's what the inside of Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall looks like

The new Beltline-adjacent Old Fourth Ward resto should open in a few weeks

Wondering what the inside of Michael Lennox's forthcoming Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall along the Altanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail looks like? Look no further!


Lennox opened the doors to his first restaurant on Thursday night to the Architecture and Design Center and American Institute of Architects’ Atlanta Chapter for the two groups’ inaugural Dining + Design event. The sold-out soiree led by architects and designers, including Beltline visionary Ryan Gravel, aimed at giving a deeper look at "the partnership between food and space" and urban design.

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After starting the evening at Kevin Rathbun Steak to hear firsthand from owner-chef Kevin Rathbun about the Inman Park eatery’s snazzy new porch and why he selected the spot years before the Eastside Trail was even under construction, attendees walked their bikes across the paved path to Ladybird. Image

There they sipped on beer and tasted sample sandwiches while Lennox discussed the décor, which includes a wall-sized mural of a roaring bear by Sam Parker, shuffleboard table, and topographic maps as a backdrop behind the bar, among other touches added by David Kowalski of Brick and Mortar, a local design firm. Some of the touches are reclaimed materials — think old telephone poles from North Carolina and windows from an Alabama school.

The Old Fourth Ward restaurant is one of the newest businesses that is designed to face the trail, which years ago was simply an overgrown, abandoned railroad corridor. Lennox hopes to open the Old Fourth Ward restaurant to the public in the coming weeks.