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Warren Bruno, owner of Ormsby’s and Atkins Park, dies

Warren Bruno (credit: Jeff Moore)

Warren Bruno (credit: Jeff Moore)

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.

21 comments Add your comment

Hipster

May 17th, 2012
11:40 am

In memorial, all popped collars at Ormsby’s will be lowered to half-staff…

Last Word

May 17th, 2012
12:29 pm

R.I.P. Warren!
Here’s to shots of Jagermeister and ice fights in Atkins Park!

:o )

Last Word

May 17th, 2012
12:30 pm

Aunt Charlie's Stepchild

May 17th, 2012
1:10 pm

Edward

May 17th, 2012
1:56 pm

I always enjoy Atkins Park in VaHi. I hope it doesn’t lose what makes it great.

Veggie

May 17th, 2012
2:22 pm

If I had a dollar for every game of backgammon I’ve played at Aunt Charley’s I could afford to replace my catalyic converter.

Veggie

May 17th, 2012
2:24 pm

catalytic, of course

Cofer

May 17th, 2012
3:51 pm

Blessing to your family. You were a good man and a friend to many. Raise a jager in your name.

N-GA

May 17th, 2012
4:06 pm

Here’s to Aunt Charley’s and Bocce Ball ’til crazy hours. Yakitori Den right next door. The Moonshadow Saloon, Fuzzy’s, Timothy John’s, Mike & Angelo’s….

Warren Bruno was the head cheerleader of that era.

Liz

May 17th, 2012
4:42 pm

Warren was a major part of the the revitalization of the Virginia-Highland area over the last 3 decade and helped make it one of Atlanta’s great neighborhoods. He volunteered tirelessly in the schools. At every community event you could imagine, Atkins Park was donating their time and food. He helped found Va-Highland Summerfest and helped with it to this day (Atkins Park is donating and serving the Friday night resident dinner this year again). He was also a great volunteer coach and sponsor of Druid Hills Youth baseball at Medlock Park.

He made everyone who he encountered feel like the most important and interesting person he met that day and he’d give you the shirt off his back. Warren had a positive energy that affected every room he walked in. A life well lived and he will be missed greatly!

Great sandwich!

May 17th, 2012
4:51 pm

N-GA, you’re bringing back memories! Don’t forget Harvest Moon Saloon, too. Warren was a great person and is leaving a great legacy to the city of Atlanta.

Uncle Charlie

May 17th, 2012
7:30 pm

If I had a dollar for every dollar I spent at Aunt Charlies I’d have ,well, I’d have all those dollars but would not be as rich as I am with all the great folks I’ve had the pleasure of tipping a few with, Pete, Gruppo,Kelly, Ami and all the fine folks I rubbed shoulders with , here’s to ya Bruno, Cheers!

michael mccannon aka GROOVY

May 17th, 2012
9:51 pm

WARREN WAS ONE OF THE BEST PRAYERS TO SPOON AND THE KIDS

IKE

May 18th, 2012
8:30 am

Bruno was a good man and I will never forget the Charley’s days-He sponsored our softball team for many years and always had an encouraging word-We’ll miss you Bruno.

Melanie

May 18th, 2012
12:43 pm

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Melanie

May 18th, 2012
12:45 pm

I will always remember Warren from the Aunt Charley’s days, what a blast we use to have at all the parties there. He will be greatly missed. RIP Party down with Flip!!!

Woody

May 18th, 2012
5:08 pm

A great man and great family friend has left us, but the legacy he left behind will stand the test of time for years to come. Warren, you will be missed.

Jess Warner

May 20th, 2012
7:15 pm

Aunt Charley’s and Bruno were a catalyst to the establishment of my family. Without aunt Charley’s my mom and dad would not have had exceptional memories. Thank you to the Bruno’s for sharing “Bruno” with my family.

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Sharna Fulton

May 23rd, 2012
10:57 am

I will remember Warren Bruno as a great, one-of-a-kind ad client. He gave our boutique ad agency the opportunity to create outdoor boards and print ad campaigns for his microbrewery and Atkins park in the late 90’s. He trusted us as business partners and encouraged our creativity. The world needs more Warren Brunos!

Jon

May 23rd, 2012
8:11 pm

You will be missed Warren, I’m glad I had the pleasure of knowing you.