GENERATOR’s first major project is to create our own home – a meeting ground to cultivate a movement of ideas. Opening in 2020, AFTERCAR will be a physical space where people of all kinds come together – a Beltline social house for ideas about the future of cities.
At GENERATOR, we are inspired by the intrinsic human delight that comes from sharing ideas over food and drinks. We also see that some of the great social and cultural movements in world history came out of bars and restaurants. By breaking bread together and sharing
a meal, people are more likely to see each other, understand each other, and work toward a shared
vision for their future.
In the public sphere of the city, bars and restaurants
have often taken a lead in this role. Paschal’s in Atlanta and the Stonewall Inn in New York City cultivated defining social movements. The White Horse Tavern and other bars on Hudson Street in New York City were meeting places for community organizers that saved neighborhoods from destructive highway proposals. And Les Deux Magots epitomized the café culture of Paris, bringing together artists and literary legends from around the world that helped shape the culture of 20th Century life.
With these models in mind, AFTERCAR will create a venue and platform for dialogue about the future of cities. It will include pop-up food concepts and a for-profit, full service restaurant that provides both a physical space and funding to support GENERATOR’s mission. GENERATOR, in turn, will enliven and differentiate AFTERCAR with its unique programming, diverse audience, and returning partners. Together, they will engage people in a wide-ranging dialogue about the future of cities, creating a one-of-a-kind, experience-driven destination built around ideas that nobody is asking for, but that just might change the world.
"AFTERCAR is Ryan Gravel’s “retro-futurist-Beltline-social-house,” serving seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine, creative cocktails, and ideas about the future of cities.”
AFTERCAR will serve seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine, local drafts, creative cocktails within a social, welcoming environment. It will offer a light and playful experience to balance the serious work at GENERATOR and provide an accessible range of spaces and price points to create a welcoming environment for a wide diversity of patrons. This will include a lounge for morning coffee and pastries, dinner service, a bar for casual meetings, and a deck for sunset social hours.