Atlanta's Polaris to rotate once again

ATLANTA -- Polaris, the revolving restaurant atop Atlanta's second-largest hotel, is set to reopen in June after closing a decade ago.

Downtown's Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Thursday announced an official opening is planned for June 10. That day the hotel says it will relight its blue-domed restaurant, which has undergone an extensive renovation led by Atlanta's The Johnson Studio.

The Polaris was renowned Atlanta architect John Portman's first go at a revolving restaurant -- and the tallest structure in the city when it opened in 1967. But it served its last meal in 2004.

The Polaris will rotate once again, making a full turn every 45 minutes. Guests will revolve around an open kitchen with full views of chefs preparing meals.

The remade restaurant and lounge will serve handcrafted cocktails and "chef-inspired shared plates," according to the announcement. Executive Chef Martin Pfefferkorn will lead the kitchen.

Some menu items include a deconstructed Maine lobster cocktail, braised veal cheeks and rabbit sausage with quail eggs.

The beverage menu will include a modern version of the Polaris' signature drink from back in the day -- the peach daiquiri. There also will be a 12-year-old barrel of "Polaris Bourbon."

The Polaris is opening just as a host of new attractions are coming to the city's core, including the Center for Civil and Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame and Atlanta Streetcar.

"In its day, Polaris was a symbol of Atlanta's tremendous cultural and economic growth," said Peter McMahon, Hyatt Regency Atlanta's general manager. "Now Polaris is coming back as the city is buzzing with new projects, revived neighborhoods and unprecedented tourism. The timing couldn't be better. And just as it was in years past, we intend for the new Polaris to be a symbol of Atlanta's progress for the next 50 years."

Polaris will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.


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