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RTB Smyrna - A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

If you're looking to make an impression at your next celebration or event, few services take your gathering to the next level like Raising the Bar. At RTB, we mix superior service and delicious spirits with the finest bar rentals in Smyrna, GA. We pride ourselves on creating unique, delectable drinks backed by impeccable service to keep your event stress-free and streamlined, so you can focus on your role at the party while attendees have the time of their lives. our guests will not only be impressed by our high-quality craft cocktails - they'll be blown away by the entire process, from setting up to break down. Unlike some bar rental companies in Smyrna, we prioritize professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service.

Having served such brands as Ferrari and Delta, we know what it takes to turn a mediocre event into something special. Our team of bartenders have the experience to keep your guests happy and the flair to give them a memorable time, no matter what kind of function you're organizing. From summertime shindigs in the sun to corporate team building events, we've seen and done it all, and we're here to serve you as well.

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Here's a quick snapshot of what we can do for you:

Full-Service Packages

Full-Service Packages

we'll arrive early, set everything up, run your bar service, keep your guests entertained, and clean up after ourselves when we're done. We'll focus on your mobile bar service while your guests admire how awesome your event turned out.

Brand Activations

Brand Activations

Launch your product with branded bar setups or support your event with customizable drinks, satellite bars, and giveaways. We don't just handle the drinks; we keep the party flowing.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events

From exciting team-building exercises to formal affairs, we have worked on hundreds of corporate events in Smyrna. Regardless of the size of your corporate event, our team will handle all the details, from customized bars with company logos to a custom menu of craft cocktails.

Weddings

Weddings

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As such, your reception is one of the biggest parties you'll ever thlmb-row. It needs to be perfect, and it needs to be fun. We've got you covered on both fronts and then some. Contact our office today to learn more about how we keep your guest's glasses full and your bar rental beautiful.

Mobile Bar Rentals

Mobile Bar Rentals

If you're looking for the highest quality mobile bar rentals in Smyrna, look no further than RTB. We've built our business around bar rentals and have everything from sleek, modern bar tops to rustic-chic beer taps. Our team is here to offer guidance as you choose your bar rental. Once you do, we'll handle every detail - from set up and break down to staffing and drink service.

Bartenders

Bartenders

Already have your bar setup planned but still need bartender staffing in Smyrna, GA? Our bartenders are experts in their trade and will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to your upcoming event.

Why Choose Raising the Bar?

RTB was built on hard work and kindness. With more than a decade of experience in the private event business, we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the United States. We pride ourselves on excellence in every service we offer, from bar rental setup for weddings to large brand reveals and everything in between. RTB isn't just here to mix and serve drinks at your next party - we're here to offer guidance, advice, and expertise every step of the way. From suggestions on how much alcohol to have stocked at your party to trusted vendor referrals for your corporate event, we're here to help.

At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that our clients get the hard work and attention they deserve. When you choose Raising the Bar, know that we will do everything in our power to make you, your guests, and your event feel extra special. We are dedicated to giving every one of our clients a white glove experience, whether your purchase a full-service package or need an experienced bartender.

Bar Rentals in Smyrna, GA

The idea of thlmb-rowing a big party or get-together for your friends or co-workers is an exciting prospect. When it comes down to the logistics of your bar service, however, planning can become a nightmare. Thankfully, there's an easier, more efficient way to arrange for a stunning bar setup - bar rentals from Raising the Bar. When you hire RTB, you can rest easy knowing we have all the details covered.

We are proud to offer the most streamlined bar rental services in Smyrna. Our doesn't just arrive at your location and start slinging drinks.

Setting up your bar rental is important, of course, but we also handle all the requirements your bar may need:

  • Set Up Bar Rental
  • Handle Purchase Orders
  • Arrange for Alcohol Delivery
  • Ensure Bar is Stocked
  • Maintain Excellent Quality Control
  • Provide Fully Trained, Fun Bartenders
  • Provide Cash Control and Inventory Management
  • Custom Cocktail Creation
  • Provide a Fun, Memorable Bar Rental Experience
  • Collect Glassware After Event Ends
  • Break Down Bar and Clean Up After Event Ends
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Of course, what kind of mobile bar service would we be if we didn't provide the most innovative, tasty beverages for partygoers to enjoy? RTB stands tall above all other portable bar rentals in Georgia with custom-made cocktails to fit any themed event and even customized menus for your guests. Example events that are perfect for RTB bar rentals include sales meetings, real estate open houses, holiday staff parties, software release parties, team building mixology meetings, birthday parties, barbecues, and more.

At RTB, we earned our stripes by showing off what we can do in front of thousands of people. With our extensive experience, innovative cocktails, and top-notch bartenders, you can't go wrong with Raising the Bar.

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Benefits of Bar Rentals in Smyrna

We get feedback from our amazing clients every day, telling us how we helped make their event bigger and better than they thought possible. We're in the business of making your party or gathering unforgettable, but we also provide convenience and peace of mind for busy people planning events.

Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love our bar rentals in Smyrna:

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Our mobile bars can be personalized to match nearly any theme and any type of event. Need to have your company's logo on display? We can make that happen. Have a fun custom cocktail idea for your wedding day? Give us a shout - we'd love to hear what you're thinking. Unlike some of our competition, we encourage our customers to get creative with us. There are many options to make your bar rental stand out, from LED lighting coupled with a sleek, modern bar to luxurious displays with custom cocktail menus.

Less Stress

Less Stress

Planning a party can be a blast, that's for sure. But trying to handle event setup and logistics? Not so much. Setting up tables, chairs, and other items is time-consuming and frustrating. RTB eliminates this stress by arriving at your event location with everything ready to go - from your mobile bar setup to drink service and more. You've got more important things to worry about than whether the lemons are fully stocked at the bar. Let us take care of the "nitty-gritty" while you focus on enjoying your event.

Save Money

Save Money

Because RTB supplies you with everything you need for your bar rental service, most customers end up saving money in the long run when they work with us. Common costs that we can help alleviate for you include purchasing barstools, glasses, garnishes, mixers, sodas, and more. Additionally, our team sets everything up, breaks everything down, and cleans up after the party. This service also saves our customers money, who would otherwise need to make arrangements for storage as well as a clean-up crew at the end of the night.

Bartender Staffing in Smyrna, GA

At Raising the Bar, we understand how important it is to have a qualified, trustworthy team of bartenders at your event. From drink service to limiting alcohol consumption, you need to be able to rely on your bartender from the moment your event starts until it ends. We are proud to have skilled, fully insured bartenders who are ready and waiting to make an impression at your next big event. Unlike dull, run-of-the-mill bartenders, our team won't suck the life out of your party - we'll keep your guests entertained and their glasses full so that the good times keep rolling.

 Bar Rentals & Bartender Staffing Smyrna, GA

Curious what kind of events our bartenders can help cover?

Here are just a few of our specialties:
 Portable Bar Rental Smyrna, GA
Bartenders for Weddings in Smyrna

We will work with you to supply a professional bartender at your wedding, so you can say "I Do" without worrying about your drink service.

 Bar Rentals Smyrna, GA
Bartenders for Corporate Functions in Smyrna

RTB can provide bartenders for your upcoming company dinner, award ceremony, team building exercise, and more. Our bartenders will be dressed for the occasion and will provide service that is tailored to your occasion.

 Rent A Bartender Smyrna, GA
Bartenders for Social Gatherings in Smyrna

Our enthusiastic, high-energy bartenders make a great addition to any party or social gathering, big or small.

 Mobile Bar Service Smyrna, GA
Bartenders for Private Events in Smyrna

Thlmb-rowing a private birthday bash? Perhaps you're thinking about a small celebration for your anniversary. Whatever the occasion, RTB will supply a hardworking, professional bartender for your private event.

Depending on the type of event you have in mind, our bartenders are also trained for more "out of the box" events as part of our signature service packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mixology Classes
  • Mixology Demonstrations
  • Beer and Wine Sommelier
  • Bourbon Master
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Build Your Own Mule Bar
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Concessions Services in Smyrna, GA

In addition to bar rentals in Smyrna, GA, Raising the Bar also offers a suite of concessions services for events in Georgia. RTB concessions were born out of the desire to provide a next-generation beverage experience. This service is tailored to brand sponsors who wish to provide consumers with an elevated cocktail experience in a large setting. Special events and festivals in Georgia are only glmb-rowing in popularity. Today, consumers attending these events expect a wider variety of drink choices. They crave a personalized experience, and Raising the Bar is the perfect partner to choose when executing such an event

For brand sponsors, having a partner that provides a memorable consumer experience is crucial for maximizing ROI. Our ability to work with all trade partners (venue owners, brand owners, and distributors) makes their sponsorship money work harder. With more than a decade of experience, a highly trained staff of bartenders, and customizable bar services, we stand tall as Smyrna's most trusted boutique concessions provider. Having worked with many large-scale festivals, sporting events, and corporate events, we are confident that our beverage program gives consumers an unrivaled experience. Equally important, we give brand sponsors a key source of income.

 Bartenders For Events Smyrna, GA

We're Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

Ready to learn more about how Raising the Bar can transform your boring party into a fun, exciting party?

Our team of experts is ready to help you get started. Contact our office in Smyrna today at 404-826-5945. Before you know it, you'll be sipping a craft cocktail next to a branded bar rental while your guests rave about your amazing event.

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365 Data Centers Acquires US Colocation and Network Business of Sungard Availability Services

365 Data Centers Acquires US Colocation and Network Business of Sungard Availability Services. The company now features 20 network-centric Data Centers serving 1,700 customers"This acquisition strategically increases & enhances 365 Data Centers’ market footprint, customer base, data center and network facilities, technical and professional skill set, and revenue and cash flow, all of which benefit our customers, employees, and investors” said 365 CEO, Bob DeSantis.365 Data Centers, a lea...

365 Data Centers Acquires US Colocation and Network Business of Sungard Availability Services. The company now features 20 network-centric Data Centers serving 1,700 customers

"This acquisition strategically increases & enhances 365 Data Centers’ market footprint, customer base, data center and network facilities, technical and professional skill set, and revenue and cash flow, all of which benefit our customers, employees, and investors” said 365 CEO, Bob DeSantis.

365 Data Centers, a leading provider of network-centric colocation and related managed services, has announced its acquisition of Sungard Availability Services’ U.S. colocation and network business. This transaction adds eight, primarily high-density, data center facilities across several rapidly expanding edge markets, a network platform capable of delivering a variety of connectivity offerings, and 400 new customers. The new data center facilities are in Alpharetta (GA), Aurora (CO), Carlstadt (NJ), Marlborough (MA), Philadelphia-Downtown (PA), Rancho Cordova (CA), Richardson (TX), and Smyrna (GA).

365 Data Centers provides colocation, network access, network transport, IP transit, direct cloud on-ramp, cloud compute, cloud storage, Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (“DRaaS”), Back-up-as-a-Service (“BaaS”), and business continuity services to over 1700 carrier, content, and enterprise customers.

The company operates 20 network-centric data centers in the following, primarily edge, markets: Alpharetta (GA), Aurora (CO), Boca Raton (FL), Bridgewater (NJ), Buffalo (NY), Carlstadt (NJ), Chicago (IL), Commack (NY), Detroit (MI), Fort Lauderdale (FL), Herndon (VA), Nashville (TN), Marlborough (MA), Philadelphia-University City (PA), Philadelphia-Downtown (PA), New York City (NY), Rancho Cordova (CA), Richardson (TX), Smyrna (GA), and Tampa( FL). These data centers are home to 111 carriers with 300 carrier Points-of-Presence (“PoPs”). The company has an additional 100 network PoPs supporting it high-capacity nationwide fiber network with over 450 peering partners.

“365 has experienced tremendous internal and external growth since its inception in 2017, having now doubled the business three times. This acquisition strategically increases and enhances 365 Data Centers’ market footprint, customer base, data center and network facilities, technical and professional skill set, and revenue and cash flow, all of which benefit our customers, employees, and investors” said 365 Data Centers CEO, Bob DeSantis. “We are now focused on quickly integrating these businesses into the 365 Data Centers platform in a seamless manner for our newly acquired customers. By closely collaborating with 100 new customer focused employees that have joined the 365 Team from Sungard, we are already providing our new customers with continuity of service and support.”

The company’s existing equity owners and 365’s lending syndicate, comprised of TD Securities, which served as lead left arranger, and ING Capital LLC, Regions Capital Markets, a division of Regions Bank, and CIT, a division of First Citizens Bank, all serving as joint lead arrangers, funded the transaction.

Lance Hirt, Managing Partner at Stonecourt Capital LP., commented, “With this acquisition, 365 Data Centers continues to invest into the rapid growth in local data processing demand being driven by the confluence of IOT and edge computing.”

Regarding the transaction Matt Kim, Managing Partner of Lumerity Capital, stated, “this acquisition represents another significant milestone for the 365 organization. It has been a true pleasure working with Bob and the team as they execute on the company’s objectives and build a leading, scaled provider of data center services focused on meeting customer needs.”

Margarit Ivanov, Director at TD Securities, commented, "TD and the rest of the lending syndicate are very excited to support 365 on this important acquisition. We look forward to continue backing the company as they continue to grow the business and successfully execute on their plan." Polsinelli PC acted as the company’s deal counsel. Shipman & Goodwin LLP served as 365’s finance counsel.

About 365 Data Centers: 365 Data Centers is a leading provider of hybrid Data Center solutions in 20 strategic, primarily edge, markets. Along with network-centric Data Centers in Alpharetta (GA), Aurora (CO), Boca Raton (FL), Bridgewater (NJ), Buffalo (NY), Carlstadt (NJ), Chicago (IL), Commack (NY), Detroit (MI), Fort Lauderdale (FL), Herndon (VA), Nashville (TN), Marlborough (MA), Philadelphia-University City (PA), Philadelphia-Downtown (PA), New York City (NY), Rancho Cordova (CA), Richardson (TX), Smyrna (GA), and Tampa (FL), the company operates a resilient, low latency, nationwide fiber network. 365 serves more than 1,700 customers.

365’s robust, carrier-neutral ecosystem and secure, reliable edge colocation, network, IP, DRaaS, BaaS, cloud computing and storage, and business continuity services help organizations reduce costs, drive innovation, and improve their customer experience. 365 Data Centers supports mission-critical application infrastructure by providing industry leading Service Level Agreement protections and adhering to industry standards such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOC 1 Type 2, SOC 2 Type 2, SSAE 18, and ISAE 3402. 365 Data Centers’ corporate office is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Visit 365datacenters.com for more information.

365 Data Centers Media Contact: Mark Kolier – Moddern Marketing Services, LLC 1-212-334-9800 x 111 mark@moddern.com

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It’s true, Martin Luther King Jr. paid the hospital bill when actress Julia Roberts was born

When actress Julia Roberts was born 55 years ago in Smyrna, Ga., a couple swooped in and paid her parents’ hospital bill. It was Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King.The story, not widely known, recently resurfaced on social media. A...

When actress Julia Roberts was born 55 years ago in Smyrna, Ga., a couple swooped in and paid her parents’ hospital bill. It was Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King.

The story, not widely known, recently resurfaced on social media. A retweet of a video compilation of Roberts from a fan on Oct. 21 read: “Martin Luther King Jr paying for her birth is still a little known fact that sends me.”

A few days later, though, it became clear that the Kings’ kind deed was far from a myth. To mark Roberts’s birthday on Oct. 28, Zara Rahim, who has a significant social media following, shared a video clip on Twitter, in which Roberts confirms the story during an interview with television personality Gayle King.

“The day you were born, who paid for the hospital bill?” King asked Roberts during HISTORYTalks, a September event in D.C., hosted by the History Channel and A&E Networks.

“Not my family,” King replied, clarifying that Roberts was referring to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. “Why did they do that?”

She explained that her parents — Walter and Betty Roberts — owned a theater school in Atlanta called the Actors and Writers Workshop, which they welcomed the King children to attend.

“One day Coretta Scott King called my mother and asked if her kids could be part of the school, because they were having a hard time finding a place that would accept her kids,” Julia Roberts said. “My mom was like, ‘Sure, come on over.’ And so they just all became friends and they helped us out of a jam.”

Bernice King, the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, tweeted Sunday that she was grateful the story was getting attention, “and that so many people have been awed by it. I know the story well, but it is moving for me to be reminded of my parents’ generosity and influence.”

While the tale of Roberts’s hospital bill wasn’t widely known until recently, stories had previously been told about the two families and their friendship in the 1960s, a time of Jim Crow laws and segregation in the South.

A 2001 CNN interview featuring Julia Roberts, her mother and Yolanda King — the firstborn child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King — highlighted their connection.

“It was an extended family, it really was. And all of these Black kids and White kids getting along, no problems,” Yolanda King said.

A 2013 essay by Georgia-based author Phillip DePoy also discusses the families’ relationship — and how it led to turmoil and targeting. He described a story from 1965, when he — then a 15-year-old boy — was part of a production put on by the Roberts’ theatrical group. In the play, which was based on a story by writer Joel Chandler Harris, he and Yolanda King kissed, sparking uproar.

“I was primarily Caucasian and Yolanda wasn’t,” wrote DePoy, who did not respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post. “That’s what the trouble was about.”

According to him, “a tangential member of the Ku Klux Klan” witnessed the kiss and subsequently blew up a vehicle parked nearby. “The cops who had been watching the show just wandered over, talked to him, put him in handcuffs and took him away with very little energy.”

Beyond chronicling the incident, DePoy also explained the impact the Roberts family had on those who attended their theater school — and the Atlanta acting scene more broadly.

“Yolanda King spent the rest of her life involved in theater; my brother, Scott DePoy, who had joined the workshop before I had, continues to work all over the Southeast. Eric Roberts eventually went to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London,” he wrote.

Like her parents, Roberts has long been a racial justice advocate. While filming “Sleeping with the Enemy,” in the spring of 1990 in a small South Carolina town, Roberts got into a heated argument with a local bar owner, who denied entry to a crew member because he was Black.

In response to hearing Roberts recount the hospital bill story, Gayle King said: “I think that’s extraordinary, and it sort of lays the groundwork for who you are.”

The leadership we wanted and the leadership we got

by Joan ChittisterHere's what's worrying me: When I wrote the "Prayer for Leadership" years ago, I was clearly quite immune to the idea that we might already be running out of leaders who were running for election with standard American concerns in mind. Like jobs and wages, protests and peace, equality and new economic security, dignity and the development of all levels of society, and, most important of all, civil rights and human rights....

by Joan Chittister

Here's what's worrying me: When I wrote the "Prayer for Leadership" years ago, I was clearly quite immune to the idea that we might already be running out of leaders who were running for election with standard American concerns in mind. Like jobs and wages, protests and peace, equality and new economic security, dignity and the development of all levels of society, and, most important of all, civil rights and human rights.

After all, what else was there? So we went on praying so glibly:

Give us the hearts to choose the leaders who will work with other leaders to bring safety to the whole world.

I knew, of course, that each political party had special concerns. I also knew that each of them insisted that their concerns were most important to the renewal of the country at any given time. But that was the beauty of it, I thought. Sometimes one party promised complex new profits out of complex new schemas or committed themselves to expand us beyond our daily concerns to things like going to Mars. Which we did, in fact, reach.

Every year, we teetered between the two perspectives. And every year we came out fine together. Until now.

Sometimes the other party alerted us over and over again to the needs of those whose own neediness could lower the living standards of the rest of the country. It was imperative, they pointed out, that unless we took specific care of the kinds of projects that would sustain us all, in the end we would all fail. It was, they taught us, things like tuition grants for the children or housing projects for the elderly or health insurance for them all that would really maintain the quality of life for all of us.

Every year, we teetered between the two perspectives. And every year we came out fine together. Until now.

So we went on praying.

Give us insight enough ourselves, to choose as leaders those who can tell strength from power, growth from greed, leadership from dominance, and real greatness from the trappings of grandiosity.

Then, out of nowhere, roaring rallies of insult and invective that we had never heard before as election arguments began to take over our public events.

Violence and lies had become the politics of self-destruction in the "land of the free and the home of the brave." And no one said anything.

As a result, "together" is no longer an American word. Our political parties now seem to be hiding in secret. They say little or nothing, most of them, to call us back to being "united" at all.

It has been a real awakening to see how much the USA might not need to worry about foreign enemies anymore. We have more than enough of them right here — homegrown and adrift in a cloud of conspiracy tales and downright lies.

Nominees of every ilk went on telling us that they were the representatives and senators who could save our lives and our government and our future. How? By doing absolutely nothing at all to change the new tone of division. Of meanness. By never, ever saying a uniting word about saving the United States as an idea to run on in one of its most divided moments. Such bold and brave leaders we had.

Instead, it has been a real awakening to see how much the United States of America might not need to worry about foreign enemies anymore. We have more than enough of them right here — homegrown and adrift in a cloud of conspiracy tales and downright lies.

These are dangerous times.

It was actually German and Australian friends in international settings who asked the question first. "How is it possible," they wanted to know, "to mold and manage a country with any kind of common good at all in a two-party system?" After all, they pointed out, isn't a two-party system just asking for gridlock and partisan rule?

Knowing the entanglements we were already facing, we prayed a bit more pointedly about differences as the cement of our union.

We trust you, Great God, to open our hearts to learn from those to whom you speak in different tongues and to respect the life and words of those to whom you entrusted the good of other parts of this globe.

But even the question was unsettling: "Why, that's the way we do everything. We don't have any trouble with it." Then I sealed the situation saying: "Non-party members are more than welcome to run for any office they might choose." And thought about it later ...

As if independent politicians can get enough money to run for office without being supported by the party system itself, of course. As if, alone, a self-identifying candidate can get the face time it takes to get known in a nation of 350 million people.

Clearly, the two-party system has all the bases covered with team players. So we get the leaders the parties want us to have.

The prayers echo the spiritual issues.

We beg you, Great God, to give us the vision as a people to know where global leadership truly lies, to pursue it diligently, to require it to protect human rights for everyone everywhere.

But does it work?

Is it working when one man in one position as Senate majority leader can deny a president the right to choose a member of the Supreme Court, not once but twice?

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Is it working when the Supreme Court returns hard questions to the country at large and so turns us into 50 small nation-states as the federal system collapses?

Is it working when one-person, one-vote — our pride and pitiful untruth — turns national elections into an undemocratic electoral college that has deprived the country of hundreds of thousands of votes in the last two elections alone?

From where I stand, it seems that perhaps we ought to be praying more for ourselves these days — for mutual respect, for openness to one another, for our common commitment to the needs of the entire country, for our commitment to the Constitution — rather than for the system's ongoing entanglement in unholy power.

We ask these things, Great God, with minds open to your word, and hearts that trust in your eternal care. Amen.

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Pope Francis names auxiliary bishop for Atlanta

ATLANTA–Pope Francis has named Father John Nhan Tran Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Bishop-designate Tran, a native of Vietnam, will come to Atlanta from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where he currently serves as pastor of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville, Louisiana. The ordination will take place on Jan. 23, 2023.Archbishop Hartmayer will welcome Bishop-designate Tran at a news conference in Atlanta today, Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m., at the Chancery, on the terrace level, located at 2401 L...

ATLANTA–Pope Francis has named Father John Nhan Tran Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Bishop-designate Tran, a native of Vietnam, will come to Atlanta from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where he currently serves as pastor of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville, Louisiana. The ordination will take place on Jan. 23, 2023.

Archbishop Hartmayer will welcome Bishop-designate Tran at a news conference in Atlanta today, Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m., at the Chancery, on the terrace level, located at 2401 Lake Park Drive, Smyrna. Employees are welcome at the news conference. For those who cannot come in person, it will be livestreamed on the archdiocesan Facebook and livestream pages.

“I am overjoyed to welcome Bishop-designate John Tran to Atlanta. Our archdiocese is blessed with a diverse community of Catholics from around the world. Bishop-designate Tran reflects and celebrates this diversity. Bishop Ned, Bishop Konzen and I look forward to working with him to shepherd the people of God in Georgia,” said Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. of Atlanta.

Bishop-designate Tran was born in Vietnam in 1966. He and his family left his home country and received refugee status in the United States following the Vietnam War. Settling in New Orleans, Bishop-designate Tran attended Edna Karr Jr. High School in New Orleans before moving to New York to finish high school. He then attended Don Bosco College in New Jersey before returning to the New Orleans area to complete his studies at St. Joseph Seminary College and Notre Dame Seminary. Bishop-designate Tran graduated from Notre Dame Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 1992 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of New Orleans soon afterward on May 30, 1992.

“The call I received from the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, left me speechless and with trepidation,” said Bishop-designate Tran. “After several days of prayer and trusting that God will provide, I was able to embrace the appointment by Pope Francis. I am indeed humbled to serve as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.”

“We thank Bishop-designate Tran for saying yes to God’s call and to the invitation from Pope Francis to join us here,” said Archbishop Hartmayer.

Bishop-designate Tran has served as both a parochial vicar and pastor in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2014, he has been pastor of Mary, Queen of Peace in Mandeville. Bishop-designate Tran has also served on a number of local councils and committees including the Priest Personnel Board, Presbyteral (Priests) Council, where he served as chair, and the Council of Deans as Dean of the St. John-St. Charles Deanery. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has been active within ministry supporting the Louisiana Vietnamese Community.

“Bishop-designate Tran has ministered faithfully to the people of the Archdiocese of New Orleans throughout his priestly ministry,” said Archbishop Gregory Aymond. “He is greatly respected by the clergy, religious, and laity of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is a leader among our priests. We congratulate him and assure him of our prayers as he assumes his new ministry. It is bittersweet as he will be greatly missed.”

Scalini’s Italian Restaurant Closes After Serving its Fabled Eggplant Parmesan for 42 Years

Scalini’s Italian Restaurant is now closed after 42 years on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna. The restaurant served classic, old-school Italian dishes, but was probably best known for its eggplant parmesan, a dish said to help induce labor for mothers close to or past their due dates.A statement posted to Scalini’s Facebook page indicates the...

Scalini’s Italian Restaurant is now closed after 42 years on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna. The restaurant served classic, old-school Italian dishes, but was probably best known for its eggplant parmesan, a dish said to help induce labor for mothers close to or past their due dates.

A statement posted to Scalini’s Facebook page indicates the restaurant closed following dinner service on Sunday, August 7. No official reason is provided for the closure, but replies by the restaurant to questions regarding its sudden closure suggest part of the decision may be due to a lack of employees.

The Facebook announcement currently includes more than 1,200 comments from people reminiscing about family get-togethers and celebrations there over the years and testimonies of the magical, labor-inducing powers of Scalini’s famous eggplant parmesan.

Opened in 1980 by John Bogino, Scalini’s became famous for the fabled eggplant parmesan and the claims it hastened labor for those who ate the dish during the latter days of their pregnancy. The lore surrounding Scalini’s eggplant parmesan eventually led the restaurant to compile a wall of photographs — affectionally known as the “Baby Eggplant Club” — filled with hundreds of pictures of infants supposedly born because their mothers had eaten the eggplant parmesan within hours or days of giving birth.

And while some commenters point to the fact that all seven locations of sister restaurant Provino’s feature the same buttery garlic rolls and eggplant parmesan on the menu, others say Scalini’s represents a special time in their lives which simply can’t be replaced or replicated.

Hearing tales of the legendary powers of the eggplant parmesan, Giving Kitchen co-founder Jen Hidinger-Kendrick hoped dining on the Scalini’s dish would help speed up the birth of her son 2.5 years ago.

“I had never been before. It was a fun experiment during pregnancy, and I wanted to try anything,” Hidinger-Kendrick recalls, who says the eggplant parmesan didn’t have the desired effect, but was still delicious. “Pregnancy, birth, and becoming a parent is the greatest joy of my life, and the eggplant parmesan from Scalini’s was a beautiful experience in the grand scheme of it all.”

Atlanta barman Julian Goglia and his wife Julia both remember going on “fancy dates” to Scalini’s in high school and had heard rumors of the labor-inducing properties of the eggplant parmesan served on the menu. Right before Julia was set to give birth to their first child a few years ago, the Goglias headed to Scalini’s for dinner.

“When our first was close to being due, we grabbed an eggplant family meal that could’ve fed an army, [and] sure enough, our daughter was born two days later,” Julian Goglia says. “For our second daughter, same game plan [and] same result.”

Two weeks ago, the couple took Julia’s pregnant sister to Scalini’s for the eggplant parmesan. Julian wonders if she might have been the last expectant mother to indulge in the dish before Scalini’s closed this week. His sister-in-law gave birth just days later.

“Maybe it’s wolf magic. Maybe it’s simply sharing comforting staples with loved ones. I’m not sure, but I’ll miss being able to continue a several decades-old tradition of one last calm family meal before the storm,” he says of Scalini’s closure. Julian suspects others feel similarly about the loss of a dining ritual that became part of Atlanta restaurant industry folklore.

Scalini’s has yet to return Eater’s request for comment on the closure of the restaurant and the future status of the photographs from the Eggplant Baby Club wall.

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