Iconic restaurant Polaris in downtown Atlanta reopens after two years

Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 11:58 AM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - An iconic restaurant in downtown Atlanta has reopened.

The rotating restaurant named Polaris sits at the top of the 22-story Hyatt Regency hotel. The restaurant has been closed since March of 2020, which was the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Eater Atlanta, the restaurant opened in 1967. It was designed by Atlanta architect John C. Portman Jr. and makes a full rotation every 48 minutes.

“As the hotel of hope, it of course became famous throughout the United States as being one of the first locations Civil Rights leaders could come in get a room without any real hassle instead of using the back door, so that really set us in motion in the 60′s,” said Michael who has been with the company for nearly 38 years. He was one of the original hires at the restaurant.

“The architect John Portman Jr. finished Peachtree Center and everything around us to create his own architectural legacy, and we have a chance to watch it go up as we worked here. So, I feel like I’m part of Atlanta especially right here in the downtown area,” he added.

With the reopening, the restaurant says it is making a commitment to use local produce and ingredients in its dishes from over 70 area farms and food purveyors. Their wines also reportedly come from small producers incorporating sustainable practices and their bar features liquor from minority-owned companies.

Iconic Atlanta restaurant reopens after 2-year hiatus, offering gorgeous views
Iconic Atlanta restaurant reopens after 2-year hiatus, offering gorgeous views(Catherine Catoura)

This isn’t the first long closure for the restaurant. It also closed in 2004 for 10 years for a major renovation. Reservations are highly recommended and can be booked here.