Atlanta’s only gay sports bar is packing up shop after 17 years on Piedmont Road in Buckhead, heading for a brand new location just a few miles down the road in Midtown. The announcement came after the building Woofs is currently located in, was sold last month.
“It was sold to a guy who owns a lot of property in Buckhead. My thought is, that eventually the plaza may be torn down. I wasn’t waiting for them to kick me out,” said Gregory Hughes, owner of Woofs. “I’d been negotiating with the new space for about a year and a half, and I finally pulled the trigger.”
The new home for the gay sports bar will be located at 494 Plasters Avenue NE in the Armour Junction Campus. “It will be a brand new buildout. Everything will be brand new,” said Hughes.
As for the details of the new bar layout they began construction on back in February, Hughes is keeping it a secret but says they’ll gain about 1,000 square feet of space.
“The feedback from what I get, is that people are excited to see the new space,” said Hughes. “Everything is staying the same including the menu and drink specials. There will be more tap beers for patrons, though.”
The old location will close a few weeks before the new location opens up its doors. Leading up to the new opening, Hughes and his team will continue to work to create an atmosphere that his bar regulars will remember after years of visiting Woofs.
“I try to create some of the original feel from the old space into the new space. People who know me well, who know the bar well, will walk into the new space and remember certain parts from the old space,” he said.
The scheduled opening day for the new Woof’s location is set for July 1.