Restaurateurs Billy and Jenn Streck are set to open their first solo concept, Hampton + Hudson - a community driven bar and restaurant located in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street this winter. Billy, best-known as co-owner of the bustling, Midtown hotspots Cypress Street Pint and Plate and GRAIN drink shop and eatery, is set to create another approachable and affordable haunt with his wife in one of Atlanta’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Jenn, an Atlanta native, has years of experience in both the music and bar industries and brings a wealth of talent and vision to their first concept. Together the two are striving to create a “true community bar and restaurant” that focuses on the overall experience, redefines how diners look at pub food, and features a well-rounded bar program. The 3,500-square foot space, that also boasts a mezzanine, intimate outdoor patio and fire pit, will include distinctive touches inspired by many of their favorite go-to spots from their travels and when they lived in the East Village in New York, but will play to both the spirit of the neighborhood and Atlanta’s ever-growing dining scene.
During a private secret supper at the newly opened The Frye Company Atlanta flagship store, Billy and Jenn Streck revealed that Cooper Miller, formerly of JCT Kitchen & Bar, is going to be the Executive Chef of Hampton + Hudson. The H+H team also created a special five-course menu just for the evening and showcased two cocktails that will be on the menu, the Hampton and the Hudson, along with a beet and carrot salad, shredded snow crab and avocado toast, signature Hot Chicken dish and more.
"This is a place where we wanted to mix a little of all of our loves of the bar and restaurant industry into a community establishment,” said Jenn Streck during the dinner. "We love going to a place and feeling like you are at home, so that is what we hope to do for our guests.”
The exclusive experience featured signature cocktails by Georgia’s own Lovell Bros. Whiskey and brews by Wild Heaven Craft Beers, live acoustic music by Mike LaSage, Bone Lick BBQ’s award-winning chef and pitmaster, and shopping of Frye’s Fall and Winter Collections.
The evening also boasted a who's who of Atlanta media and other notables, including Councilman Kwanza Hall who enlisted my styling services over a pair of Frye boots and wingtips. Sitting to my left was the AJC's Ashley Twist Cole and Jenn Streck to my right. Directly across from me (and in my conversation circle) my friend Tova Gelfond of Eide Magazine, Director Jeff Wadlow who's in town from LA to shoot the True Memoirs of an International Assassin for Netflix and Kate Atwood with ChooseATL. I forced myself to remain cool, calm and collected over one special guest seated directly across from me, because I'm such a huge fan of The Walking Dead, and that guest was Lauren Cohan - totally delightful, fun and down to earth. So I purposely did not bring up TWD and spoke with Lauren about other things like how much we love The Frye Company. At the end of the evening as Lauren gave me a goodbye hug I couldn't resist any longer and simply told her "btw, I'm devastated every Sunday," and she relied with a "yeah... it's good huh?"