Three and a half years ago Hopleaf owner Mike Roper bought the building next to his popular Andersonville bar, a pioneer in the craft beer scene which still packs them in night after night. He planned to open the expanded space (the former La Donna) within a few months… and here we are, three and a half years later, finally with all the permits permitted and the space open as of Monday. The new space changes things for both the front and back of the house: in front there are 113 new seats plus some new patio seating, 20 draft beer lines, 8 draft wine lines, and an expanded bottle wine program. In the kitchen, there’s a wood-burning grill and the capacity to start serving lunch (still only for 21 and up).
The Hopleaf’s new space under construction in April. Photo: courtesy Hopleaf