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Ormsby’s opens in White Provision

credit: White Provision

credit: White Provision

With no fanfare but ample word of mouth, Ormsby’s opened over the weekend in the White Provision complex in the city’s red-hot Westside dining district.

This comfy, wood-paneled pub is a joint project for Michael Goot of SweetWater Brewing Co. and Warren Bruno — the bar impresario who first came to Atlanta’s attention at late, lamented Aunt Charley’s in Buckhead several decades ago. He is also behind Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia Highland.

Situated under Room & Board, Ormsby’s is a bi-level space with a bar pouring a kazillion kinds of beer on the main level. The downstairs space has another bar as well as a bocce court, darts, shuffleboard and other fun games of skill and chance that semi-drunk people enjoy.

The menu is your basic updated pub grub bill of fare — comfortable enough that it doesn’t scream “gastropub” but filled with foodie catnip like hand-cut fries with dipping sauces, a White Oak Pastures burger and hand-dipped corn dogs with Sriracha mayonnaise.

(Permit me to indulge in a Simpsonesque moment and say, “Mmmmm….corn dogs…..”)

Bruno named the restaurant after his mother’s fun-loving family, and many of the menu items reference aunts and uncles.

With Ormsby’s, we have the last White Provision dining puzzle piece. Abattoir has been humming along, Shaun Doty’s as-yet-unnamed burger bar will open next month, and West Egg Cafe will abandon its it’s funky digs next door for a berth among the retail space.

If you see me there trying to eat a corn dog and throwing darts simultaneously, please remove one or other from my hand.

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December 21st, 2009
10:48 am

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December 21st, 2009
11:14 am

The entire White Provisions complex is a wonderful execution of urban design and use. Aside from the hulking parking deck behind the apartments (parking should be underground or incorporated into the building – see Buckhead Whole Foods), I have really enjoyed all or the restaurants and shops. Unlike the faux city “Atlantic Station,” I don’t worry about being robbed or feel like I’m at Epcot. The passion and authenticity from small business owners really shows.

I have no ill will toward Stan Thomas and similar developers, but mega anchor centers do not facilitate neighborhood growth (see Howell Mill WalMart) and I’m not displeased that their projects have been tripped up by the economy. Maybe now that Mary Norwood has time on her hands, she can work to encourage smart growth in Atlanta.

Covert Hops

December 21st, 2009
11:36 am

Hi there

December 21st, 2009
11:46 am

I love a place that not only serves several different types of beer on tap, but corndogs as well? Fresh hand-dipped? Sounds like my kind of place to relax and enjoy myself.


December 21st, 2009
12:22 pm

How I miss Aunt Charleys!

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December 21st, 2009
12:42 pm

1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta 30318


December 21st, 2009
1:15 pm

I had a Corn Dog yesterday and it was great and really big. All of the sausages are made in house!


December 21st, 2009
1:46 pm

Sunday night’s special was pot roast. I all but licked the plate. I’ll definitely go back.


December 21st, 2009
3:19 pm

I at the Roast Beef Sandwich and Onion Rings. It was really, really good. The Chicago Dog looks amazing too.


December 21st, 2009
3:23 pm

There are also chicago dogs and home-made pickles. Along with great beer and games, what doesn’t this place have?

John Kessler

December 21st, 2009
3:49 pm

Great Job – Agreed re: the parking deck
Covert – The name of the restaurant is hyperlinked — all the contact info is there.
Brent – Home-made pickles? Sounds great…


December 21st, 2009
5:50 pm

yes!!! the house-made sausages are AWESOME! i had the lamb for lunch on opening day, and immediately wanted another one after i was done. my dude had the kielbasa and it was delish as well. chicken and dumplings on saturday was divine…just like grandma used to make :)
i think it’s a pretty great and sincere neighborhood spot.


December 21st, 2009
6:13 pm

Went Sat night and it was great – housemade chicken and apple sausage. Great space.


December 21st, 2009
9:27 pm

Ormsbys is the JAM!


December 22nd, 2009
7:50 am

” . . .West Egg Cafe will abandon it’s funky digs next door for a berth among the retail space.”

There’s no apostrophe in the possessive form of “its.”

John Kessler

December 22nd, 2009
9:10 am

Thanks, Randy. Can’t tell you how much I hate making spelling and grammar mistakes.


December 27th, 2009
1:59 pm

Second on the pot roast (YUM!), which is beef cheeks, btw. They also updated the menu at Atkins and the pot roast and some of the other daily items are on their regular menu nightly.


December 27th, 2009
5:37 pm

Glad to hear all of the positive comments on Ormsby’s. From the WP team, we are happy to have another great group in the neighborhood. For the parking deck, it was in the original plans to be underground but was not possible sue to the entire site sitting on bedrock. Thank you for everyone’s support and look for tuesday night bar game olympics at ormsby’s soon.


January 4th, 2010
2:16 pm

I loved ormsby’s. This little hidden treasure is amazing. Finding it is reminiscent of a “speak-easy” no real sign to guide your way. From the amazing eclectic food to the full size bocce ball court. You are sure to find something you like. Who doesn’t like cotton candy, corn dogs and Belgian ales!