Manuel’s Tavern Prepares For Reopening With Blessing

first_img TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE The popular political gathering place, Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, is set to reopen on August 6 after months of renovations. TASNIM SHAMMA / PBA Related Stories WABE.ORG / PBA Charles Bohanan is a member of a band that plays at Manuel’s Tavern. He has been coming to the bar since the 1970s. He took photos of the newly renovated bathrooms and said he’s excited to play trivia at the bar again. The popular political gathering place, Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, is set to reopen on August 6 after months of renovations. Manuel’s Tavern owner Brian Maloof invited an Eastern Catholic priest from his family’s church to bless the bar. TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE WABE.ORG / PBA For Whom The Bell Rings TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE A popular political gathering place in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta is set to reopen next week after months of renovations.On Monday morning, Brian Maloof, the owner of Manuel’s Tavern, invited a priest from his family’s church to bless the bar as more than 50 employees and customers watched.Middle Eastern CustomThe Rev. John Azar of St. John Chrysostom Melkite Catholic Church chanted in Arabic while Brian Maloof guided him through each room of the tavern.Maloof’s family is from Lebanon, and Azar explained that in Middle Eastern custom, from the birth of a baby to the opening of a new business, you invite the priest.The bar at Manuel’s Tavern. The popular political gathering spot is getting ready to reopen on August 6 after many months of renovations.TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE“Extend your hand full of blessing, to this, the business of your servant Brian who has asked that you be involved in its reopening,” Azar said.Political HotspotCustomer Charles Bohanan said the tavern attracts musicians like him but mostly you’ll find politicians at the bar.“It leans Democratic, but people come here all the time for political discussions and you know every now and then you might see Jimmy Carter in here having a burger and a lot of journalists, police officers hang out here,” Bohanan said.The owner’s late father, DeKalb County Commission Chairman Manuel Maloof, was the son of Lebanese immigrants and the county’s first CEO. Maloof opened the bar in 1956.Loyal EmployeesBartender Arthur Rice with his wife Megan Bartlett and their daughter Hannah. The couple met at Manuel’s Tavern more than 10 years ago. CREDIT TASNIM SHAMMA / WABEArthur Rice is a bartender at Manuel’s Tavern. He said most of the renovations are behind the scene. The kitchen, for example, is now four times bigger.He said this will help servers get food to customers more quickly.“Every time I come in, I’m blown away by how great and different it looks and yet still similar and having a good feel,” Rice said.Rice met his wife Megan Bartlett at Manuel’s Tavern more than 10 years ago. She used to work at Manuel’s Tavern and they now have a two-month-old daughter Hannah.Hannah Rice slept through most of the blessing.Correction: An earlier version of this story said the Rev. John Azar was pastor of an Eastern Orthodox church. He is actually pastor of St. John Chrysostom Melkite Catholic Church. TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE Manuel’s Tavern owner invited customers and employees to attend a ceremony where an Eastern Catholic priest from his family’s church blessed the bar. TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE center_img TASNIM SHAMMA / PBA TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE Charles Bohanan is a member of a band that plays at Manuel’s Tavern. He has been coming to the bar since the 1970s. He took photos of the newly renovated bathrooms and said he’s excited to play trivia at the bar again. Share TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE 1234567 Manuel’s Tavern owner invited customers and employees to attend a ceremony where an Eastern Catholic priest from his family’s church blessed the bar. Manuel’s Tavern owner Brian Maloof invited an Eastern Catholic priest from his family’s church to bless the bar. 1:12 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List The popular political gathering place, Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, is set to reopen on August 6 after months of renovations. Manuel’s Tavern owner invited customers and employees to attend a ceremony where an Eastern Catholic priest from his family’s church blessed the bar. TASNIM SHAMMA / WABE The popular political gathering place, Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, is set to reopen on August 6 after months of renovations. Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more