A rendering of of the new JP Atlanta restaurant interior.
A rendering of of the new JP Atlanta restaurant interior.

Atlantans of a certain age will remember the elegant, Danish-inspired Midnight Sun restaurant that used to be at Peachtree Center in Downtown. Almost 50 years later, creator and architect John Portman plans to create a modern interpretation of the Midnight Sun called JP Atlanta this December.

230 Peachtree, which Portman first designed and developed in 1965 as part of his Peachtree Center complex, has been reacquired for adaptive reuse. John Portman & Associates will once again design a signature restaurant space within the building which will also be home to a new 203-room Hotel Indigo hotel.

“The experience at JP Atlanta will be above and beyond anything that can be found Downtown or anywhere else in Atlanta,” notes Ray Camillo, founder and principal of Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting, co-creator of the restaurant and bar concept, which will feature new American cuisine. “Guests can expect a tremendous level of culinary execution and attention to service in one of the city’s most artistic and exciting restaurant environments.”

A new sculpture designed by Portman himself will be featured in the fully restored, fountain-accented public plaza through which JP Atlanta guests will arrive. As guests enter the building, a 20-foot tall skylight will greet them, along with white stone sleekness harkening back to the building’s original 1965 design. Another Portman signature, a grand staircase seemingly floating in space and a glass canopy-topped bar will greet guests checking in to the Hotel Indigo hotel.

The old Midnight Sun restaurant at Peachtree Center. (Courtesy Pinterest)

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.