Charlottesville Breaking News
We have the recession to thank for Atlas Coffee, on Fontaine Avenue, right beside Guadalajara in the old Jackson Hewitt Tax Service space, which opened on April 5, as owners Ruth Ellen Outlaw, her husband Woody, and couple Lorie Craddock and Michael Manto finally realized a dream they cooked up in the economic downturn when Outlaw's design business was slowing.
Outlaw, a restaurant biz vet as well, thought she was crazy to get into it again, but the Italian coffee bar concept the four came up with struck her fancy.
"We see the small space as an asset because it will allow us to interact more with the customers," Outlaw told Dish. "Instead of the stand-up counters that you see in Italy, however, we'll have stools, and we'll have outdoor seating in nice weather."
Originally, they had planned on a mid-January opening, but as Dish has learned, nothing ever goes as planned in the restaurant business.
So how's it going so far?
"It's going really well, but we're hoping to get busier," says Outlaw. "We're starting to establish ourselves as the neighborhood coffee bar, and we're really enjoying getting to know our regular customers."
Atlas joins Hoo's Brew as the second coffee place at the familiar intersection, which welcomed Fry Springs Station and the new...