Friday, April 27, 2012
An Avondale Estates resident says goodbye in verse to the much-lamented tavern.
The question is not what you look at, but what you see. Henry David Thoreau. I saw little of what had else been seen… Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Rime of the Ancient Mariner The Albatross James Joyce’s namesake died, again, and yet another funeral will be held on the courthouse steps; the pub’s to go to the high bidder; what remains will have to be staked through the heart. It had to happen. There he was, cleaning up after Saint Patty Day. Too lean, hair half tickling his ears. Too eager by half, too, breaking the news of the soon to be again-departed. He’s three for three, shutting down my faves, my darlings, my hangouts that played my songs, and made me feel like the Sixties weren’t buried …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The tavern in Avondale Estates shut down days sooner than expected.
Employees at the Brewhouse Cafe Avondale -- better known as the old James Joyce -- said last week the bar would close down Saturday, April 28. The owners pulled the plug early. Residents say the place shut down several days ago. All the marquee lettering has been removed except for one sign that simply says "Closed." The bar on East College Avenue was long the favorite watering hole in Avondale Estates, but management reportedly suffered financial setbacks. The name changed several times since last fall. When the James Joyce name was dropped, patrons held a mock Irish funeral. This time, the end came without ceremony. Why did this bar inspire such strong feelings? Previous stories garnered many reader comments. Share your thoughts in …
Friday, March 16, 2012
The bar used to be called the James Joyce Irish Pub.
The name Brewhouse Cafe Avondale doesn't sound very Irish, but Patch readers have chosen it the best place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Decatur and Avondale Estates. The tavern may have won because it was known for years as the James Joyce Irish Pub. For you non-literary types, Joyce is one of Ireland's greatest writers. The bar in Avondale Estates went through several name changes recently and ended up with its current moniker, but its heritage carried the day. The Brewhouse Cafe Avondale took 11 of 26 votes, for 42 percent. Other spots getting votes included the Marlay House with six votes, Steinbeck's with four, Mac McGee's with two and the Brick Store Pub, Eddie's Attic and the Universal Joint with one vote each. You can review …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Patch rounds up some recent health inspection scores for establishments in Decatur and Avondale Estates.
Here are some recent restaurant health inspection scores performed by the DeKalb County Board of Health for establishments in our community. To see details, click on the score: China Buffet 2887 N. Decatur Road Date: 2/15/12 Score: 85 Hail Mary Sports Pub/Brewhouse Cafe Avondale 22 N. Avondale Road Date: 1/26/12 Score: 94 Nectar 1365 Clairmont Road Date: 2/21/12 Score: 92
Friday, February 3, 2012
The Avondale Estates bar has changed names four times in four months.
For the fourth time in four months, the sign and the name have changed for a popular bar in Avondale Estates. It's now, officially, the Brewhouse Cafe Avondale. Most people around here remember the place as the James Joyce Irish Pub, which opened in 2002. The name changed last October to the Hail Mary Sports Bar when new management took over. That deal fell through after a few months. Owner Denise Gerard stepped back in, adopted the name Avondale Arms for a brief period and changed the sign again. The new name, Brewhouse Cafe Avondale, is a nod to her other bar, the Brewhouse Cafe at Little Five Points.