Hapeville happenings: Eat, drink and explore

A statue of Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy sits on a bench outside the newly renovated Dwarf House, the first of his restaurants, on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in Hapeville. “Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”`

At just 2.5 square miles wide, Hapeville is a tiny town located ITP (inside the Perimeter) and named after one of its original landowners and its first mayor, Dr. Samuel Hape. While just under 7,000 residents live in Hapeville, the city has been growing into a burgeoning arts community and is home to many iconic corporations such as Delta and portions of the Porsche North American headquarters, as well as the home of the original Chick-Fil-A restaurant. Find out more about Hapeville below!

Where is Hapeville located?

Hapeville is located eight miles south of downtown Atlanta, in Fulton County. It is part of the Airport “Tri-City” (Hapeville, College Park, East Point), consisting of the three towns near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

How do you get to Hapeville?

Hapeville is accessible by car and MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) rail and bus lines.

By car: Exit 75 on I-85 will get you to Hapeville.

By MARTA Train/Bus: The easiest way to get to Hapeville by MARTA is to take the Gold/Red Line to East Point, and then take the 193 Bus towards South Central Avenue.

Where can I get breakfast or brunch in Hapeville?

Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House: The iconic location where S. Truett Cathy created the famous Chicken Sandwich that was to become Chick-Fil-A is located right here in Hapeville. Cathy converted a house into a restaurant (originally called The Dwarf Grill) in 1946, then built an all-new version in 1967 from the ground up. It was recently remodeled to become twice the size and more modernized. The menu is similar to a typical Chick-Fil-A, with some additional diner-style food options.

JPresso: Start your day off at this eclectic coffee shop with an impressive indoor space and patio. Enjoy a smooth Americano or a specialty Hot Chocolate paired with protein-packed oatmeal and fruit or a bagel with lox.

What are some historical buildings I can explore in Hapeville?

Hapeville Christ Church and Carriage House: Built in 1895, this is the oldest standing church in Hapeville. It used to be along the railroad tracks but was moved to its current location in an effort to save the structure from passing trains and vibrations.

Hapeville Depot Museum: This train depot from the 1890s is now a free museum maintained by the Hapeville Historical Society that takes you on a journey throughout the history of the transportation industry.

Where can I get lunch in Hapeville?

Pit Boss BBQ: If you’re feeling particularly hungry, try the variety of pit-smoked meats (ribs, chicken, pork and more) at this old-school barbecue joint.

Mami’s La Cubana: This authentic Cuban restaurant is an Atlanta hidden gem, serving classic Cuban sandwiches and plates. Their Ropa Vieja is only available on Mondays, so if that’s what you’re craving, make sure you plan ahead.

Island Vibes Caribbean Grill: Transport to Jamaica with authentic jerk and curry dishes that live up to the “island vibes” name.

What are some fun things to do in Hapeville?

Delta Flight Museum: This iconic museum located in Delta’s two original 1940s-era aircraft hangars right next to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a must-see for aviation aficionados, world travelers and history lovers.

Academy Theatre: Catch a play at the longest-running theatre company in Georgia, founded by Frank Wittow in 1956 to bring artists together. Featured shows are usually co-produced with various local theatre companies.

Uptown Comedy Corner: Get your laughs on at this comedy venue that offers stand-up, open mic and more.

John R. Lewis Memorial Park: Bring your dog for a day of fun at this spacious park and sports complex named after Atlanta’s beloved late congressman and civil rights activist.

Where can I get dinner and/or drinks in Hapeville?

Arches Brewing: There’s always something fun going on at this family-friendly brewery. Grab a lager and make friends playing cornhole, painting, watching a movie and more.

Lickety Split Southern Kitchen and Bar:  Come to this intimate fast-casual Southern restaurant lickety split! In addition to traditional Southern favorites, they have a variety of cocktails and a fishbowl margarita.

Sombreros Mexican Cantina:  Try the tortilla soup or enchiladas at this casual Mexican joint, paired with a signature margarita.

Volare Wine and Bistro: This polished Mediterranean-influenced wine bar offers a selection of vino paired with meat and seafood dishes.

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