Coronavirus

My Sister’s Room innovates to power through the pandemic

In a barrage of moves to help Atlanta's lesbian bar outlast the coronavirus pandemic, My Sister’s Room overhauled its backyard lounge, began selling meal...

Reopened dining room feeding optimism at Virgil’s

Gee Smalls is optimistic about the future of Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar – even after coronavirus closings, a steep drop in revenue and...

LGBTQ-owned Henry’s, Campagnolo proceed cautiously through COVID

Henry’s and Campagnolo were one step ahead when the coronavirus pandemic caused the City of Atlanta to shut down restaurants in March. Owner Maureen...

Gay bar Amsterdam Atlanta closes after 15 years

Longstanding gay bar and restaurant Amsterdam Atlanta shut down earlier this month after a large drop in business due to the coronavirus pandemic. Amsterdam’s owners...

Out Front Theatre saves fall season without butts in seats

The setting? Empty venues all around Atlanta. The players? Literally everyone. And you know the 2020 themes all too well. That’s the scene at Out...

Swinging Richards reopens, adds masks for its dancers

Swinging Richards reopened with a limited schedule while it continues its “All Male, All Nude” ways with a caveat fit for these pandemic times. “People...

Barking Leather strives past loss of staff and half of sales

A pandemic can challenge even the most innovative gay Atlanta leather shop once bustling in-store, online and on the road. Barking Leather enters month...

Georgia Beer Garden shifts to Edgewood’s fun-to-go headquarters

When the world goes mad, what are business owners at the heart of the Edgewood party district to do? Make changes that are fun...

AIDS Walk canceled but fundraising continues for HIV groups

The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of the 30th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta, but fundraising continues for the event’s beneficiaries. Organizers decided to cancel the...

Massive expansion of ‘Church’ bar finally open after 2020 plot twists

Grant Henry’s vision is always unique, his dreams always big, and the quirky results always undeniable. Patrons see that dynamic in action again with...

Noni’s staff quarantined together to make partial reopening safe

“Honey, we are dyyyyinggggg to open our doors wide open and have a dance party again, but we aren’t even close to that yet,”...

For Guac y Margys, surviving a pandemic is all about ‘FaM’

The guys who brought gay patio fun to the Atlanta Beltline were ramping up for a busy spring when the world changed with the...

Gay softball is back with masked, distanced Fall Ball league

No stinking virus is going to get in the way of Southern Softpaw League. For the 12th year and with a flurry of new...

MetroFresh overcomes 2020 challenges to save both locations

When he’s not warming bellies with fresh-to-order sandwiches, soups and salads, he’s warming hearts in acting roles. MetroFresh’s Mitchell Anderson has seen a lot,...

Coronavirus shrinks Black Gay Pride festival but not its nightlife

The official events have moved online or have been canceled, but Black Gay Pride nightlife continues in full force this weekend in Atlanta –...

Baker Dude struggles, rises to save his business in COVID Era

Orran Booher thought that having to fighting for his baked goods business and cafe was behind him, but then 2020 came. A GoFundMe Hail Mary last year...

LGBTQ-owned Training Room ATL powers through the pandemic

The Training Room ATL owner Amber Goppert knew she had to get creative after shutting down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. “In order...

Couple creates hope from pandemic hardship at their Beltline shop

Missy and Kristin Koefed are used to overcoming challenges, but nothing prepared themfor the wrench thrown into their business model by the coronavirus pandemic.

Groups helping homeless LGBTQ youth struggle during pandemic

Two organizations serving homeless LGBTQ youth in Atlanta have scrapped plans for new shelters, launched online fundraisers and shifted strategies in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Twisted Soul ‘struggling to survive’ coronavirus pandemic

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours pivoted its business model, pivoted back and unleashed a slew of precautions to stay safe and open through the coronavirus pandemic.
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