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now open!

 

NEWS + EVENTS

  • YES, we have our liquor license now! Beer, wine, and cocktails — including Whiskey Cheerwine slushies and frozen margaritas.

  • See our Instagram feed and the menu at the counter for weekly brunch specials, offered Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm, in addition to the regular menu.

CLOSED FOR DINNER, WED, OCT 23 + SAT, OCT 26 + THURS, OCT 31
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we will close at 2:30pm Wednesday, October 23, Saturday, October 26, and Thursday, October 31. (2 private events, and 1 night of trick-or-treating with our families!)

SUNDAY NIGHT BINGO
Join us weekly for Sunday Night BINGO, 6pm-8pm. Family-friendly fun to close out your weekend! Grab a seat at one of our communal tables and introduce yourself to your neighbor!
Get your first BINGO card when you order at the cashier (one card per member in your party), and get additional BINGO cards throughout the evening from the BINGO caller (no additional purchase necessary, one card per guest per round). Fun prizes like tickets to Georgia State football games, Wood's Chapel BBQ gift cards + swag, and more!

CIVIC DINNER, FUTURE FOCUS: ATL, TUES, OCT 22
We’re excited to follow up on our first Civic Dinner, which focused on Affordable Housing, with our next — Future Focus: ATL — on Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm. Each dinner is limited to 10 guests — and 2 spots are already claimed by Wood’s Chapel BBQ partners and hosts, Jennifer & Ben Johnson, so check out details and sign up now! Read more about the Civic Dinners platform and its partnership with Atlanta Regional Commission.

POP UP LIBRARY
Please check out our free pop up library in our game room, courtesy of Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. AFPLS keeps our crates of books stocked and you are welcome to read a book while you are here or take a book home (no checkout or library card needed). Please either bring the book back to our library or return it to any AFPLS branch. Not seeing the kind of books you want (need more middle grade books? large print for seniors?)? Shoot us an email and we’ll ask the library to change up the mix!

7 days a week 11am - 9pm

NOW HIRING!

Wood's Chapel BBQ is hiring cashiers, food runners, bartenders, and cooks. We are seeking positive, professional, and productive members to join our team.

Part time and full time positions available:

Email hiring.woodschapelbbq@gmail.com to set up an interview!

About

Named for one of the first churches to serve the Summerhill community immediately following the Civil War, Wood's Chapel BBQ uses traditional wood-fired pits to prepare an extensive barbecue menu including whole hog, prime brisket, salmon, and turkey.

Barbecue is primal.  It is meat; it is fire; it is smoke. 

Barbecue is community.  It is food of gatherings and celebrations.  You don’t cook it for four, you cook it for 100.  It is church suppers and political rallies.  It is not just food, it is an event.  

Barbecue is America.  It has touched and been touched by indigenous peoples, Spanish explorers, European settlers, enslaved Africans and free people of color, and all of their descendants.  It moved from the Caribbean to the Colonial south, then west and north.  Along the way, it adapted to what the land provided and who settled the land.  It traces our messy history, from the valleys to the mountaintops.  It is food of the people, whether their means are modest or great.  It has caused and continues to cause debate between regions, between states, within states, within towns, within families.  It divides and it unites.   

Summerhill was established in 1865, just after the Civil War, and was settled largely by the formerly enslaved and Jewish immigrants.  Within a year, a church sprung up to serve the new community:  Wood’s Chapel.  The adjacent Washington-Rawson area became one of the finest early residential neighborhoods in Atlanta and was early home to enduring Atlanta institutions including The Temple (the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation) and the original Piedmont Hospital (then the Piedmont Sanitarium).  But advent of the streetcar and the automobile began to lure the more affluent residents away from the city center to newer “suburbs” such as Inman Park, Ansley Park, and Druid Hills. Nevertheless, the area remained a vibrant working class neighborhood with busy commercial corridors.  Dominance of the automobile, however, eventually led to construction of the interstate highway system and to mixed use areas becoming disfavored among city planners.  Race and economics made the area a target for aggressive “urban renewal.”  Residents were forced out and the land cleared for interstates, a stadium, and parking lots.  The vibrant fabric of these neighborhoods was torn.  

Following the Braves’ departure from Turner Field after the 2016 season, a development team consisting of Carter, Oakwood Development and Healey Weatherholtz Properties is redeveloping the 72-acre site with Georgia State University as the anchor.  Part of the project will turn 35 acres into a mixed-use area including offices, multifamily apartments, student apartments, and neighborhood restaurant and retail. 

This is a proud area with a rich history that has taken a lot of hits, but refuses to stay down.  The redevelopment will help reconnect these neighborhoods and add to the building energy in the area.   Wood’s Chapel BBQ is excited to bring new commercial life back to this part of Georgia Avenue and looks forward to being a contributing part of this historic community. 

Todd Ginsberg, Shelley Sweet and Jennifer and Ben Johnson opened Wood’s Chapel BBQ in June 2019. The four also are partners in The General Muir, TGM Bread, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla, and The Canteen — collectively “Rye Restaurants.” (Sweet and the Johnsons also are partners in West Egg Café, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019). 

Chef-Partner Todd Ginsberg, Chef Wilson Gourley, Sous Chef John Williams, and Pitmaster Craig Hoelzer lead the culinary team at Wood’s Chapel.

For a beautiful, interactive, informative, sensitive, and thought provoking digital history of Summerhill and Georgia Avenue please visit the newly-released Streetscape Palimpsest: A History of Georgia Avenue (narrative and design by Marni Davis, Associate Professor, Georgia State University; interviews and photographs by Richard Laupus, documentarian and longtime Peoplestown resident).

WOOD’S CHAPEL BBQ
SUMMERHILL

85 Georgia Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

 
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Georgia Avenue — Summerhill Retail & Parking Map

Georgia Avenue — Summerhill Retail & Parking Map

Catch up with former players Nate Minor and Jamaal May as they sat down for lunch at Wood's Chapel BBQ to discuss what it'll take to win at Tennessee, what excites them most about the 2019 schedule, and all the cool things going on in Summerhill.
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PRESS

Review: Wood’s Chapel reveals heart, soul of modern barbecue (AJC) - AUG 22, 2019

TAKE A FOOD TOUR OF ATLANTA’S SUMMERHILL NEIGHBORHOOD (AJC) - SEPT 26, 2019

The verdict on 3 new Atlanta restaurants: Wood’s Chapel BBQ, Sceptre Brewing Arts, the Deer and the Dove (ATLANTA MAGAZINE) - SEPT 9, 2019

First Look: Find smoked meat and more at Wood’s Chapel BBQ in Summerhill (AJC) - JUN 24, 2019

FIRST LOOK AT WOOD’S CHAPEL BBQ: 'Food is one thing that brings all walks of life together' (ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) - JUN 20, 2019

PEEK INSIDE WOOD’S CHAPEL, Bringing Barbecue and Chess Pie to Summerhill Today (EATER) - JUN 19, 2019

AJC DINING GUIDE, THE HEART OF BARBECUE: MEET THESE 26 SMOKING METRO ATLANTA PITMASTERS - APR 26, 2019

Wood’s Chapel BBQ will bring Cue-bano sandwiches and Cheerwine whiskey slushies to Summerhill this spring - MAR 27, 2019

GARDEN & Gun, The Southern Agenda: Dec 2018/Jan 2019

Rehabbed Summerhill buildings turned over to future tenants; openings in sight - Oct 4, 2018

Barbecue beckons: Atlanta fine-dining chefs adding pitmaster to resume - May 2, 2018

The most anticipated Atlanta restaurants of 2018  - Jan 24, 2018

The General Muir Team Is Opening a Barbecue Restaurant - Jan 16, 2018

The team behind General Muir bringing barbecue to Summerhill -Jan 16, 2018

40 photos: inside Summerhill’s historic commercial strip as redevelopment begins - Oct 25, 2017

How Atlanta’s Summerhill, in shadow of Turner Field, could be drastically different in a year - May 16, 2017

The team behind General Muir, Fred's Meat & Bread, West Egg Cafe and Yalla is gearing up to launch their latest project, Woods Chapel BBQ in the historic Summerhill neighborhood. We had a chance to catch up with the team behind these iconic concepts to see what they have up their sleeves for this much-anticipated project.

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