Atlanta’s Dante’s Down The Hatch will close July 30. Marquee notes jazz club’s closing date. (Courier Photo/Timothy Cox) ATLANTA, GA — When news spread that one of Atlanta’s most nostalgic restaurants was about to shut its doors – forever – lots of talk surrounded the unique ambiance of Dante’s Down The Hatch, a suburban Atlanta tradition for more than 40 years. Less talk noted that the July 30 closing will end the longest-running live-jazz music venue in the nation.
MOVER AND SHAKER – Justin Strong at Ava’s Brazillian Carnival in 2012 On June 10, Justin Strong, owner of AVA Bar & Lounge, announced he would be closing the second of his two venues, originally housed side by side near the corner of South Highland Ave. and East Liberty Blvd. His first venue, Shadow Lounge, was a staple of East Liberty for more than a decade before it closed this March.