JCT. Kitchen and Bar on Howell Mill road was the scene of a violent attempted robbery last month.
Police have released these videos of the vehicles believed to be involved in the robbery. The vehicles are described as a black SUV and a silver sedan.
According to Atlanta Police, a 25-year-old man came to the restaurant with his wife. When he got out of his vehicle “a slim black male with a grey hoodie pulled over his head approached him with a gun and demanded the victim’s watch.”
The victim refused and fought with the suspect, who fired several times at the victim. The victim then ran into the restaurant which had 30 customers at the time. The suspect followed him inside and fired at least two more times. The victim fell over a cooler behind the bar and the suspect tried to shoot him again, but it looks like his gun jammed according to Atlanta Police.
“The suspect then exited the restaurant and jumped into the back seat of the black SUV,” Atlanta Police said. “The driver of the suspect SUV was described as possible a Hispanic male or black male with a light complexion with longer wavy hair. The victim was transported to Grady hospital in critical but stable condition and was taken to surgery. The investigation continues.”
The Atlanta Police Department says that nyone with information on this case should call Crime Stoppers Atlanta. Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or at www.facebook.com/ CrimeStoppersAtlanta.
“Individuals do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspects,” APD said.
On Sept. 8 and 9, the Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest is back for its third year.
The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Rival Entertainment are partnering “to present this free, two-day festival that embraces the spirit and culture of the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade.”
The Lantern Parade was started in 2010, and last year, over 70,000 people went.
Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest will be held at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark Field, located in Atlanta at 830 Willoughby Way, NE.
The festival is located on the Eastside Trail of the BeltLine, an “ideal place to view the Lantern Parade, which steps off at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 from the southern end of the Eastside Trail at Irwin Street.”
The festival will start on Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. and last through 11 p.m. Live music will kickoff that night at 5:30 with local musician Sydney Rhame. The music lineup following Rhame will go as follows:
7 p.m. Trash Panda
8:45 p.m. Family and Friends
On Saturday, the live music continues as follows:
1 pm Breeze Kings
2:30 p.m. The Pussywillows
4 p.m. Electric Darling
5:30 p.m. I.R.E.
7:15 p.m. Walden
In addition to live local music, the festival features food trucks, a DIY lantern making area, a kids’ play area, Whole Paws Pet Zone, a covered sports bar and more.
The food and drink selection will feature “Atlanta’s favorite food trucks, free samples of Bai’s newest enhanced water flavors, free Fontis water hydration stations and a full bar featuring Strongbow Cider, Old Fourth Distillery cocktails, beer and soft drinks.”
A new addition to the beer selection is a ticket-based craft beer event on Sept. 8, which will consist of 75+ locally brewed beers. You can purchase a ticket by clicking here.
As for the DIY lantern making area, all attendees are invited to participate in making a lantern for the parade. A recent press release recommends buying a DIY Lantern Kit prior to the festival by clicking here.
These kits are $20 and “include 16″ round lantern with support stick, LED lantern light with batteries and access to the festival’s DIY decorating tent with all the arts and crafts supplies needed to create a glowing parade lantern.”
Pets are encouraged to come with festival-goers, but dogs are required to be on a leash and cannot participate in the parade. There will be a station for pets to play and drink water brought to the festival by Whole Foods Market called the Whole Paws Pet Zone.
Parking will not be allowed on Willoughby Way or Ashley Avenue, so festival-goers are invited to walk, run, ride bikes or take public transportation instead. For any drivers, refer to the festival website at www.oldfourthwardfallfest.com for parking directions and other information.
By Jonathan Phillips, contributor
Dragon Con has invaded Atlanta yet again which means tens of thousands of people came out to Peachtree Street to watch the annual parade on Saturday. The best franchises in science fiction, comic books, fantasy and more were represented well for an hour and a half as cos players marched their way through the route. This year, the man, the myth, the legend, Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame was named the Grand Marshall.
It’s Labor Day weekend and that means Atlanta is about to become a very crowded city.
The anchor event is Dragon Con, which summons tens of thousands of nerds to the ATL every year. But there’s a lot more to see and do this weekend.
According to Atlanta Police, Dragon Con will bring 78,000 people to Atlanta’s downtown area on Saturday for the parade and other convention festivities.
This evening, Aug. 31, there’s a game between the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars at the new stadium with an expected attendance of 70,000.
Black Gay Pride is also happening this weekend, which will draw another 30,000 people. Alabama (full disclosure: Roll Tide) will be playing Florida State University on Saturday. That will have an estimated attendance of 72,000 people. Georgia Tech will also play defending Champions of Life Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 4. That will draw an estimated 50,000 people.
The Decatur Book Festival is also going on this weekend, which will draw thousands of people to the city of Decatur.
“The Department urges event-goers to plan for any travel, and consider taking MARTA or carpooling,” the Atlanta Police Department said. “Event- goers should be mindful of their surroundings and call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity. Please help prevent theft from vehicles by removing all valuables in plain sight. Officers routinely respond to reports of laptops, smartphones, cash, tablet computers, purses, firearms and other valuables stolen from unattended vehicles. Leave these items at home or take them with you to avoid becoming a victim of this preventable crime.”
The Georgia Department of Transportation also recommends people avoid driving in Atlanta this weekend.
“To ease traffic congestion statewide during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended interstate highway construction-related lane closures,”” GDOT said. “With the convergence of events happening in the downtown area beginning Friday and continuing throughout the holiday weekend; motorists are advised to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic and seek alternate routes.”
MARTA says it is increasing train frequency during the weekend and increasing security at all rail stations.
“During Labor Day weekend, MARTA’s northbound and southbound line will run at approximately seven minute intervals and the eastbound and southbound lines will run in 12 minute intervals,” the Transit Agency said. “Last year, MARTA registered more than 283,000 rail riders during Labor Day Weekend.”
A new app designed to help convention goers connect with other attendees is ready just in time for Dragon Con.
Convexion was conceived by Jared van Aalten, who also is responsible for the design of Atlanta Loop’s sibling website, Decaturish.
“Convexion is the first dating app for conventions, such as Dragon Con,” he said. “With Convexion, you can match exclusively with other con-goers. Dating at conventions can be fun and easy: Shop the dealer’s room, dance at a party, play in the game room, or just wait in line together for the next panel. Convexion also increases your dating safety. When you check-in to a convention on the app, you have to take a photo of your convention badge. When you see a matches’ badge photo, you know they can meet within the secured convention area. And if anything unfortunate does happen, the badge photo can help convention security quickly identify a person.”
He added, “I originally thought an app like this had to exist. If it did, it would be worth trying out. But when my searches for a convention dating app turned up no results, I figured I might as well build one. If it helps people enjoy their conventions, or even find true love, than Convexion is a success.”
The app is available on Android and iOS will be available soon.
Van Aalten will be one of the guests at the Sex Geeks Live panel on Friday at 10 p.m.
If you believe in reincarnation, pray you are reincarnated as a dog living in a home on the Atlanta Beltline. Dogs have it made here.
Last month, Ponce City Market announced that doggie daycare company Barking Hound Village would offer a dog valet service to PCM customers.
Now another company, Fetch, is upping the ante, offering a ride sharing service for dogs and their owners. Fetch Park and Ice House is partnering with Atlanta-based ride share company Lymousine to offer “dog friendly rides” to and from the Fetch Ice House restaurant.
“Located at 520 Daniel St. in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, Fetch Park and Ice House is Atlanta’s first dog park bar and restaurant concept,” a press release from the company says.
The company is located near the Beltline’s Eastside Trail extension.
Fetch will open this fall and be completed in two phases.
“The first phase, Fetch Park, is scheduled to open late October and consists of a large, off-leash dog park with a full-service converted Airstream bar,” the company said. “The second phase, Fetch Ice House and Shipping Yard, will be made up of an indoor restaurant, a dog-friendly patio and a rooftop bar atop a converted shipping container. Phase 2 is expected to be completed in January 2018.”
Lymousine customers can use the PET button on their app to summon a pet-friendly driver.
“Lymousine is excited to partner with Atlanta’s first dog park bar restaurant to offer a convenient, safe, and pet friendly travel option to customers and their furry family members. Customers, can eat, drink and enjoy the Fetch experience without worrying about parking or driving after the fun,” TJ Tamrat, co-founder and COO of Lymousine, said in the press release.
The dog park offers wi-fi, and TVs – so dogs (or their owners) don’t miss an email and can watch football games – dog washing stations, “Bark Ranger” attendants and heating and cooling stations.
The company uses a membership model. In May, Fetch offered 200 “Founding Fetch” annual memberships, which cost $20 a month.
“Fetch Park’s membership model ensures that dog owners have a fun and well-maintained environment for themselves and their four-legged friends,” the company’s press release says. “Dogs must be spayed or neutered with a current vaccination record to enter the off-leash park and owners must sign a waiver stating their dog is not aggressive. Fetch Ice House is open to the public and welcomes all leashed dogs in its outdoor dining space.”
The company provided these renderings of their dog park and restaurant concepts:
Art on the Atlanta Beltline is around the corner and the performance schedule has been released by Atlanta BeltLine Inc., the organization that oversees the multi-use trail.
The event begins with a lantern parade on Sept. 9 and lasts through November. The lantern parade begins at 8 p.m. on the Eastside Trail at Irwin Street, 650 Irwin St NE, Atlanta, GA, 30312.
“The exhibition boasts more art than ever, with hundreds of participating visual and performance artists,” a press release from ABI says. “For the first time since 2014, the Westside Trail will reopen with brand new art, reclaiming the three-mile corridor as a cultural space and connection between the southwest Atlanta communities.”
Here is the full performance schedule, provided by ABI:
The Beltline’s annual celebration of the arts returns for its eighth year on Sept. 9
As always, the Art on the Atlanta Beltline event starts with a lantern parade on Sept. 9 at 8:15 p.m. It begins at the Irwin Street entrance of the Eastside Trail.
Atlanta BeltLine Inc. says Art on the Beltline is, “The largest outdoor temporary public art project in the South.”
“The 2017 lineup will feature both exciting new talent and returning favorites,” a press release from Atlanta BeltLine Inc. says. “Tray Dahl and the Jugtime Ragband are returning, representing the veteran musicians of Art on the Atlanta Beltline. From France, Moz Drums returns with their visual and audio spectacle of percussion and light. Muralist Chris Veal joins us for the first time, bringing his sharp wit and unique style to the Atlanta Beltline corridor. Ray Katz, Richard Herzog, and Mary Ruden have each proposed monumental sculptures to add to the landscape of the Atlanta Beltline trail.”
According to ABI, performing arts will take place on Sept. 23, Sept. 24, Oct. 7 and Oct. 8.
To see a map of exhibits and access points, click here.