Cafe/ Bar / Cultural
Baldwin's novels and plays explore personal questions and dilemmas amid dynamic social and psychological concerns. These cross sections of characters often delve into blackness and sexual identity, while depicting internalized obstacles to such individuals' quests for acceptance. These complexities are prominent in Baldwin's second novel, Giovanni's Room, written in 1956 well before gay rights were widely discussed in America.
The concept behind Baldwin’s is to create a communal space centered around good food, craft cocktails, and provocative conversation. Inspired by novelist and playwright James Baldwin, the space will have a mature and intimate atmosphere. The cafe and bar will have a Harlem renaissance vibe and warm design paired with French style cuisine. These elements are combined from period in which Baldwin was born and his expatriation to Paris, France in the late 1940's. The cafe will feature a small and focused menu of bold flavorful dishes. The bar is no different by providing fine quality spirits mixed into our beautiful classic signature cocktails.
The vibe is more elevated than a typical speakeasy with a focus on comfort, service, and clean look. Our guests will enjoy a multitude of great works on paper in the library while dining, drinking, or lounging near the bar. The library is the backdrop for live music, dancing, socializing, and creative expression.
Baldwin’s is mature without being stuffy or pretentious. It is a place for young professionals to come dressed and converse in an atmosphere designed around sophistication. Its patrons are traveled and culturally diverse. Our guests will find a home in our space to grow and create new connections.
Our goal is to contribute to the richness that is Atlanta’s cultural scene and grow upon the premise of “the city too busy to hate.” Celebrating talent and diversity while conversing over food and drink is the objective.
James Arthur Baldwin, (August 2, 1924 - December 1, 1987) was an African-American novelist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays in Notes of a Native Son," explore profound unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in the mid-20th century America. Some Baldwin essays are books in their own right: The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, and The Devil Finds Work.
The LOOK AND FEEL
Baldwin's is a dynamic venue having multiple spaces offering a variety of atmospheres inspired by venues like the Abbey in West Hollywood Los Angeles and Bus Boys and Poets in Washington, DC and Gramercy Tavern in New York. The kitchen will be open Tuesday through Saturday 3pm to 11pm with the bar serving until 2am on select nights. Sunday brunch is available all day from 1pm to 10pm.
The dining room will be remodeled so guests can order food and great cocktails during the day/evening. In the future the main floor will incorporate an indoor and outdoor feel in the front with the large tilt windows during spring and summer.
The bar area is a full 16’ to service many guests at one time plus make all of the cocktails for the dining room.
The library area will be redesigned for dancing, live music, and special events: dinners, meetings, and etc. Additional lighting and audio visual system will be added including but not limited to: projector(s) and screen(s), multiple powered speakers. This area will be decorated with books, plants, photos, quotes, and more. Additional seating, tables, and other equipment for events will be available on-site.
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a part of Baldwin’s by investing, donating, sponsoring, or volunteering please to contact Earl Adams. All support is welcomed as this is a major project requiring community support. Baldwin's will officially start hiring a month before opening to the public.