Killer Mike and T.I. are re-opening an old restaurant in their neck of the woods. The two Atlanta-born rappers bought Bankhead Seafood Co. in 2018 to revamp the space. The new spot is expected to be one of the best seafood restaurants in Atlanta when it opens within the next year.
Narcity reached out to Noel Khalil, a friend and business partner of Atlanta rap legends Clifford Harris (T.I.) and Mike Render (Killer Mike), to get the inside scoop about the new and improved Bankhead Seafood Co. in Grove Park, expected to open within the next 12 to 14 months.
Noel, founder and principal of Columbia Residential LLC, is part of the team behind the reconstruction of the seafood eatery.
Noel told Narcity that he met Mike and T.I. at a meeting for Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms’ Housing Task Force. They have since had interesting discussions, leading to a friendship and business partnership.
In terms of the inspiration behind the re-opening, Noel says that "T.I. and Mike are excited about giving back to the community that has given so much to them," he says.
"They grew up, went to school, and thrived in that community so they are invested in seeing it redevelop back to a thriving neighborhood where people come together."
The team also seeks to influence the youth. "We hope that by revitalizing Bankhead Seafood, other young people will look at themselves and they think of other businesses to start," declares Khalil.
The new restaurant will be preceded with a sneak peek of the delicious fare with a food truck that's expected to roll out shortly.
"Prior to our new normal from the coronavirus, we were going to report that the food truck will be on the road next month with yummy dishes such as Bankhead’s famous fish platters, the Dope Boy PoBoys and heavenly hush puppies," Noel told Narcity. "Now we are taking things one day at a time."
Once the food truck and restaurant are up and running, Khalil promises that guests can expect an experience with "the same great food that the community remembered but in a fresh, larger, inviting space that everyone can enjoy."