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Atlanta, Georgia - The Varsity
This restaurant is a real Atlanta landmark. It was started in 1928 by Frank Gordy after he flunked out of Georgia Tech and wanted to show them that he could make it. He went across the street from the school and opened this restaurant. He had so much business that he had to move to a new location down the street that is 2 blocks wide (61 North Ave). It has expanded to 5 locations and serves tens of thousands of people every month. Famous for their "What'll ya have" "What'll ya have" greeting at their stainless steel counters, Frosted Oranges and Naked Dogs Walking.[Pat, 03/04/2001]
Enjoy The Varsity on every trip we make to Atlanta ...
- Atlanta, Georgia - Fun Town - Vague Recollections
Funtown was Atlanta's Town of Fun till it closed in 1966. It was your basic local amusement center with rides, a miniature golf course and a bowling alley. It's claim to fame was it being mentioned in a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King in 1964, where Dr. King said that his [daughter] wanted to go to Fun Town but couldn't because it was white only. Funtown closed its doors in the mid-sixties because they didn't want to integrate. This could have also be the reason for the demise of other amusement parks in the deep south. The fact that a Six Flags opened in Atlanta around the same time may have played a part in its closing. The golf course stayed open for a few more years and its tattered remnants could be seen on Stewart Ave. through the 80s. The bowling alley remained opened till recent years. During the 60s and 70s it housed a large slot car track.[Tom Zarrilli, 05/13/2001]
- Stewart Ave (now Metropolitian Ave) Atlanta, Ga.
- Atlanta, Georgia - The Elvis Vault
At Little 5 Points, an old trolley suburb just a few miles east of downtown Atlanta, also known as Inman Park. The Elvis Vault is in the Star Community Bar, inside the old bank vault (the bar obviously used to be a bank, before becoming a bar).[Patrick Hall, 06/01/2003]
It's one thing to turn an old bank into a bar, but it's much better to turn the bank vault into an Elvis shrine. Cluttered with mementoes and totems, and at the far back, beneath a painting of Elvis's mom, is a full-size golden toilet.
Star Community Bar
- 437 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA
- Inside the Star Community Bar. Take I-20 east from downtown Atlanta, take off at exit 60B (Moreland Ave. N.), continue on for maybe two miles. Star Community Bar will be on your right.
- M-W 8 pm - 3 am; Th-Sa 4 pm - 3 am. (Call to verify)
Atlanta, Georgia - Tomb of Sideways the Dog
Underneath the tree in the left of this photo. There are coins on top of the monument -- I left a dime.[Jason Horne, 05/31/2010]
- Cherry St. NW, Atlanta, GA
- Northwest corner of "Tech Tower" (Evans) - the tall building by Grant Field with "TECH" written on it. Next to a tree surrounded by shrubbery.
- Atlanta, Georgia - Tomb of Sideways the Dog
The Tech Tower [where Sideways is buried] has "TECH" written on each of its four sides, not just a giant "T." See also the nearby steam whistle on the west side of the building. It blows five minutes before the hour during the day.[Neil Thom, 01/01/2010]