If you’ve been wondering what’s happening to The Castle, the historic home overlooking the Woodruff Arts Center at the corner of Peachtree and 15th streets in Midtown, well an answer is coming tonight, Nov. 12.
It’s the first of four nights of “soft openings” for HAUS – a living room bar and music emporium. HAUS will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight tonight and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday. Valet parking will be available or paid parking in the Promenade II deck on 15th Street.
The menu will consist of small plates, including shrimp and grits, braised pork shoulder, carbonara flatbread, muffaletta charcuterie, broiled oysters, roasted chicken salad, veggie antipasto and a selection of desserts.
Details about the future of the house – also known as Fort Peace and once deemed a “hunk of junk” by former Mayor Andrew Young – have not been very forthcoming. A message on the Castle Atlanta Facebook page states: “The Castle will be opening a seasonal bar in The Grotto and for very special holiday events on the Club Level as we ramp up to our full opening early in 2015. We aspire to attract the most interesting people in Atlanta to its most interesting venue.”
What is known is that the home, built by a wealthy agricultural supplier Ferdinand McMillan in 1909-10, went through a long period of decline before it was named a landmark by the city in the late 1980s. It housed various offices before sitting empty for a decade. The property was purchased in 2010 by Bryan “Mike” Latham, an investor and architect from New York City, who envisions the space as a “premier private club and boutique hotel.”