While the death and destruction of Hurricane Irma will reach Florida shores soon enough, the Sunshine State’s northern neighbors are putting on a clinic in Southern Hospitality.
Atlanta, Georgia – often referred to as the “Capital of the South”, is known for quite a few wonderful additions to the American landscape. Alongside the cuisine, the diversity of the culture, and being the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement, Atlanta has granted American popular culture some its most sought after staples: The legendary Waffle House, pioneering hip hop group Outkast, and not one, but two of the world’s most incredible beer heists.
Now, however, as it has done in the past with Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, Atlantans are opening their arms, homes, and attractions to fellow Americans who are being ousted by the devastation of Hurricane Irma.
Reeling from the always busy Labor Day weekend that brings literally millions of visitors to the capital of Georgia for football games and comic book conventions, Atlantas are once again ready to dish out a deserved distraction for the displaced.
First and foremost, the Atlanta Motor Speedway has opened its grounds to anyone who needs camping space while waiting out the storm. Located just south of Atlanta proper, the site will be able to accommodate thousands of families seeking refuge from Irma’s path.
If you happen to be from one of the mandatory evacuation counties in South Carolina, Florida, or the east coast of Georgia, the Atlanta Braves will provide you with a free ticket to any of their Friday, Saturday, or Sunday games against, fittingly, the Miami Marlins.
Atlanta favorite Fox Bros. BBQ is offering anyone with a state issued I.D. from an evacuation zone 25% off at their incredibly popular restaurants.
In Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood, the fine folks at Eventide Brewing Company will give you your first pint of beer on the house if you are stranded due to Hurricane Irma, and a similar offer is in place at gargantuan craft beer mecca Sweetwater Brewing Company as well.
There are a number of other deals and discounts being offered throughout the City Too Busy to Hate, even as Irma threatens to sweep through the Atlanta area as a tropical depression sometime on Monday or Tuesday.
For a full accounting of the city’s outreach to Hurricane victims, click here.