Buckhead's iconic and quirky fondue mecca is officially cooked. The site of Dante's Down the Hatch, an Atlanta institution that's managed to stay around (and thrive) for more than four decades, is slated for a mid-rise apartment tower. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the long-anticipated deal has finally come to pass. In a transaction that closed at the end of April, a partnership between Atlantic Realty Partners and Texas real estate company Behringer Harvard bought the 2-acre lot for a cool $8.8 million, the newspaper reported. Dante's is scheduled to close its doors for the final time on July 31, and ground should break on its replacement this fall.
There's not a ton of info floating around about the proposed apartment tower, but early plans show it rising about 10 stories. Buckhead-based Rafael Garcia Architect Inc. will do the designing; the joint venture in question here also worked together on The Reserve at La Vista Walk, the newspaper reported.
Late last month, the AJC did a killer write-up about Dante's, and Dante in particular. A few interesting tidbits: Dante's originally opened in Underground Atlanta in 1970, moving to Buckhead in '81 (and returning to Underground from '89 to '99); Dante sleeps in an 87-year-old luxury rail car originally built for the Woolworth family; Dante, 77, reads (and responds to/battles with) online customer reviews; the 18th-century sailing ship theme was originally dreamed up more like "a Mississippi paddle boat."
So ? will ya miss Buckhead's fondue phenom? Or lick your chops to lease a unit?
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep
· Dante's Down the Hatch Will Become Apartment Tower [Atlanta Business Chronicle]
· The Last Act [AJC]