Gay-owned Radial Cafe expands to second spot

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The gay-owned restaurant with the bestest brunch who plays host to reality TV vixens as easily as it does a governor is growing more than your waistline. Radial Cafe is expanding to a second location early next year. 

Radial owner Frank Bragg told fans and customers on Wednesday that the popular Candler Park restaurant he bought in 2010 will open a second spot in College Park sometime next spring. That eclectic menu and those tasty craft cocktails are coming to an historic storefront on Main Street for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“It’s important to us that we honor tradition – in food and architecture – in the best way possible: making it relevant to people today,” Bragg, (photo right with Radial operating partner Keith Austin) said in the press release. 

“In Candler Park, the restaurant resides in a reclaimed 1906 dairy processing facility, and in College Park the new restaurant fills an historic storefront from 1910. Not only will the original 1917 Coca-Cola mural remain, but the furnishings will also reflect the heritage of the period, as interpreted with a contemporary design aesthetic,” he added.

Bragg took over Radial in 2010 when he purchased it from Philip Palmer, the gay restaurateur who opened it as a sandwich and breakfast diner. In 2006, Palmer expanded seating to 120 seats and later made Radial the first restaurant in Georgia to be officially rated “green” by reducing its ecological footprint in service materials, disposal systems and water usage.

Bragg took over and ran with it, snagging the restaurant a third green-star rating and earning it a Restaurant Neighbor Award for its philanthropic efforts in 2011.

“We intentionally choose purveyors committed to both quality and sustainability. This helps us ensure that our ingredients are truly green and predominantly organic – not just window-dressing,” Bragg said.

Radial is located in the same building on DeKalb Avenue as the Phillip Rush Center, which has grown into a community center for LGBT Atlanta, an effort Bragg and Radial have supported by hosting scores of community events. Radial has also garnered accolades for its brunch, earned its reality TV cred, pulled pork with Gov. Nathan Deal and even hosted former President Jimmy Carter.

All the while Bragg dishes out cooking tips to 11 Alive, serves up his creations at LGBT events and was named Member of the Year by the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in 2011.

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