Counting on kickoff: Local bars, restaurants shrouded in uncertainty this football season
Sep. 4, 2020 | As college students came back into town for the fall semester, Athens restaurants and bars have done better economically than during a slow summer impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But a lag in federal unemployment and stimulus checks has left many local businesses hoping for the one thing that’s usually for certain: football season. 


From the prep line to the polls: How local restaurateurs are making voting easier

Oct. 22, 2020 | Long lines at polling precincts are a recurring trend this election season. Locally, Athens-Clarke County has seen overwhelming amounts of people at its downtown precinct, with hundreds of people waiting in line downtown on Oct. 12, the first day of early voting. 

As Athens Bars Reopen, Owners Hope For Economic Boost

June 2, 2020 | Social distancing has meant a pause on social drinking, a major piece of the service economy in Athens. However, the majority of late-night spots in town have decided to keep their doors shut even after being given the greenlight to ease coronavirus restrictions and reopen.

Athens à la carte: Independent Baking Co. owner talks breadmaking and why “slow food” is better food

Oct. 9, 2020 | As Athens slowly wakes up in the morning, Independent Baking Co. in Five Points begins to churn out pastries and bread. Kevin Scollo and his team of bakers and mixers have been at work since 4 a.m., and there will be a line out the door by approximately 8 a.m.

Inaugural Athens St. Patrick’s Day festival leads to business boom in Athens

Mar. 21, 2019 | Downtown Athens businesses found a pot of gold this St. Patrick’s Day. In the span of two months, Southern Festivals Management was able to pull off Athens’ first annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The last-minute effort didn’t stop businesses in the festival’s path on Clayton Street from profiting — some almost doubling their normal Sunday profits.

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