More news from the Atlanta Braves about SunTrust Park, opening in 2017: the adjacent mixed-use development will be branded as The Battery Atlanta, featuring a slew of restaurants, a brewpub and a high-end steakhouse.
The Braves unveiled a first wave of featured restaurants at The Battery Atlanta: Antico Pizza, Cru Food and Wine Bar, Tomahawk Taproom featuring Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Superica and a steakhouse concept with chef Linton Hopkins.
“We believe that The Battery Atlanta will be the preeminent sports, lifestyle and entertainment destination in America,” said Terry McGuirk, chairman and CEO of the Braves. “This development will bring an energy to the area that will provide our guests with top-notch shopping, dining and living options.”
The Battery moniker has obvious roots in baseball, as the pitcher/catcher combo was first deemed a battery by baseball pioneer Henry Chadwick, working off a military analogy.
“The Battery Atlanta will become one of those places in Atlanta that has its own heartbeat and vibe,” said Derek Schiller, Braves executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Adding the talent of people like Ford Fry, Linton Hopkins and Giovanni DiPalma as well as Fox Bros. and Cru Food and Wine Bar to the list of partners we’ve already brought to this project will help us create a place that is distinct to this market.”
Hopkins’ celebrated Holeman & Finch burger is already a staple amongst Braves fans, with two locations inside Turner Field. At The Battery Atlanta, Hopkins will open a steakhouse concept outside the ballpark. The Atlanta native opened Restaurant Eugene in Buckhead in 2004, and now owns Holeman & Finch, H&F Bread Co., as well as restaurants in Ponce City Market and at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of The Battery Atlanta and share an exceptional dining experience in what is sure to become one of the region’s most visited destinations,” said Hopkins, Chef/CEO of Resurgens Hospitality Group. “We’ve enjoyed sharing H&F Burger with Braves Country for the last few years and look forward to debuting our first steakhouse for both old friends and new in such a high-energy setting.”
Fry will bring a Superica “Mex-Tex” restaurant to The Battery Atlanta. One of nearly a dozen Fry restaurants from Inman Park to Alpharetta to Houston, Superica brings the Austin vibe to Atlanta with no-nonsense eats and Fry’s laid-back, south Texas style.
In addition, The Battery Atlanta will offer other local dining favorites. Antico will bring its Neapolitan pizzas to Braves fans and visitors. The Tomahawk Taproom will be on the exterior of SunTrust Park, facing the Plaza and will feature the world-famous Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Named the best barbecue in Atlanta by a host of publications, Fox Bros. will bring its special blend of Texas heat and southern spice to The Battery Atlanta. Plus Cru Food and Wine Bar will add a second Atlanta location demystifying the world of wine in an elegant, casually hip environment.