Warren Bruno, the longtime Atlanta restaurateur, passed away earlier this week after a long battle with lymphoma. He had an unerring sense of vibe, creating iconic taverns for successive generations of Atlantans in search of good food, quality drink and a comfortable place to hang out. The always-packed Ormsby’s, with its subterranean game room, is far from the fanciest restaurant in the Westside Provisions District, but it’s the bedrock — the boiler room of good energy that makes the whole neighborhood a better place to be.
Here’s a brief bio, excerpted from a blog post written by Bruno’s friend, Elizabeth Moore of Green Olive Media:
“Warren Bruno created some of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood restaurants. In the past 30 years, Bruno owned and operated 13 restaurants in the community, including Aunt Charley’s, Groundhog Tavern, Atkins Park Tavern, Ormsby’s, and Phoenix Brewing Company (now 5 Seasons Brewing). An owner/operator himself, Bruno worked with many of our clients and friends over the past decade to identify great restaurant space opportunities and served as a mentor for their operations.
Bruno served on the Morningside Elementary Local School Council, and the Inman Middle School Technology Foundation. Additionally, he worked with committees for governmental issues such as the City of Atlanta Commercial Areas and Public Safety Task Force, and was a member of the City of Atlanta License Review Board. He co-founded and served as president of the Virginia Highland Business Association, the Buckhead Village Merchants, and co-founded the Alcohol License Beverage Council (ALBC). He was a member of the Georgia Restaurant Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Bruno was awarded the Aaron Gross Community Citizen Award by the Virginia Highland Civic Association.
Bruno battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma for the last 10 years and spent much of that time raising awareness for a cure through his rides with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual events.”
You can read the full remembrance here.