A global classics restaurant with a seasonal Southern flair completes “The Friendly Hotel” as it opens for lunch and dinner service.
ATLANTA, GA (July 27, 2021)– Inspired by the building basement’s original occupant, Mrs. P’s Tea Room – a 1950s restaurant that emerged as Atlanta’s first openly LGTBQ-friendly bar nearly a decade later – Wylie Hotel brings history back to life with the opening of Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen, opening July 22 for breakfast, lunch and dinner service.
Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen is set to be a destination for both locals and travelers alike with a sunroom distinctive parlor bar and semi-private banquettes – a perfect place to relish in the neighborhood’s rich history and celebrate a community-driven establishment.
Focused on providing comfortable, familiar fare, “Tucked Away” at Wylie Hotel, breakfast features items including avocado tartine (shaved prosciutto, poached eggs, wild arugula), and breakfast taco (nduja sausage, crushed eggs, beans, salsa, crema) while weekend brunch will add steak tartar (pickled shallots, mustard, watercress, toasted rustic bread) and almond croissant French toast (chocolate, mascarpone, blueberry). For lunch, seasonal offers include Moroccan watermelon salad (harissa, olives, feta, pistachio, mint) and red beans & rice arancini (roast garlic aioli, house hot sauce), for dinner, highlights such as okra “devils on horseback” (pancetta, goats cheese, candied jalapeno glaze) and BBQ lamb lollipops (black & white BBQ sauce, mustard, fennel) round out dishes to dream about. As Mrs. P’s was originally known – for its boiled peanuts – boiled peanuts with kombu, chili, orange & pepper will be on offer, alongside grilled peanut hummus and house pimento cheese, with breads & crackers.
Partners Kim King Associates, Ross Hotel Partners and Mainsail Lodging & Development came together to revive the former 551 Ponce de Leon Hotel, in hopes to restore the property to its roots – a homelike bed stop. Built in 1929, the building originally opened as the Garner-Wallace Hotel, but closed in 1933 due to the Great Depression. Shortly thereafter, it reopened as the 551 Ponce de Leon Hotel, until transitioning to Ponce Student Suites and eventually falling into disrepair. Kim King Associates purchased the building in 2019 and joined forces with Mainsail Lodging & Development and Ross Hotel Partners, with the core focus of giving a nod to each of the hotel’s past lives at every turn – incorporating small touches to bring its century-long stint on Ponce de Leon Avenue to the forefront.
“We pride ourselves on our guests being able to have an intimate yet inclusive experience, and Mrs. P’s offers just that,” said James Green, General Manager of Wylie Hotel. “The menu showcases modern classics with a southern twist, with an elevated flair.”
With renovations led through the partnership of local architect, Stevens & Wilkinson, and Atlanta-based interior design firm Pixel Design Co., Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen extends the rest of the hotel’s intent of bringing its original character back to life, combining historic elements with modern upgrades.
Wylie Hotel is located at 551 Ponce de Leon Avenue. Mrs. P’s is open seven days a week for breakfast service from 7 – 10:30 a.m. The restaurant is currently open for lunch service from noon – 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and dinner service from 4 -10 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 4 – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. Beginning Labor Day Weekend, Mrs. P’s will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, also launching weekly Sunday Brunch on September 4. To make a reservation, call 877-684-5023. Follow (@mrspsponce + @wyliehotel), or stay tuned to Wylie Hotel’s official website (wyliehotel.com) for more information.
About Wylie Hotel
Built in the 1920s in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, Wylie Hotel is a mainstay in Ponce de Leon Avenue’s history, standing over the years to see Atlanta become Atlanta. In 2021, Wylie Hotel re-emerged as a 112-room boutique hotel in the heart of O4W, including restaurant concept Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen, a product driven eatery located street side at the forefront of the hotel alongside a sunroom and outdoor terrace made for both work and play. For more information, please visit wyliehotel.com or follow along on Instagram at @wyliehotel and @mrspsponce.
About Kim King Associates
Kim King Associates is a family-run, full-service real estate firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. It was founded in 1972 by the legendary Georgia Tech quarterback and influential Atlanta business leader, Kim King. With over 45 years’ experience as a trusted name in real estate, the company has helped shape the Atlanta skyline with commercial, residential and mixed-use development properties throughout the city. Now under the leadership of Kim’s three children, the firm has built on its founder’s legacy with a diverse portfolio that includes developments Centergy and Technology Square, Shops at Pharr in Buckhead and Huff Trail in the West Midtown corridor. KimKingAssociates.com.
About Ross Hotel Partners
Ross Hotel Partners (RHP) is a hotel developer, advisor, and owner’s representative for all hotel product types, while specializing in development, financing, project management, advisory services and consulting for both adaptive re-use and new construction. RHP negotiates and delivers capital stacks for hotels ranging from limited service to full service, which includes establishing long term relationships with private equity firms and family offices, as well as both regional and national banks. With over 30 years of hospitality experience, Francis J. “Butch” Ross has been responsible for the development and acquisition of more than $1B in hotel properties. Learn more at rosshp.com.
About Mainsail Lodging & Development
Based in Tampa, Florida, Mainsail Lodging & Development specializes in hotel, temporary furnished housing and resort property management and development, marketing and sales. Established in 1998, the company prides itself in a successful history of finding unique lodging opportunities with a purpose. The company’s foundation is built on developing key relationships with customers with diverse lodging needs and fulfilling those needs in a profitable way. MainsailHotels.com.
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