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Tudor Square hosting Avondale ‘Taste’ event

Avondale Estates

Tudor Square hosting Avondale ‘Taste’ event

Ed Rieker
Mayor Ed Rieker

Mayor Ed Rieker owns the Tudor Square building in downtown Avondale Estates

Tudor Square, the building in downtown Avondale Estates owned by Mayor Ed Rieker, will be the venue for the sixth annual “Taste of the Towns” event.

Rieker purchased the Tudor Square building in June of 2013, along with several pieces of property around it. It’s located behind the Tudor Village building in downtown Avondale Estates. The city email list is used to promote events and businesses in Avondale Estates, including those that involve the Tudor Square property.

The event space can be leased for fundraisers, parties and business events, according to the Tudor Square website.

The city distributed an email this week reminding residents about the upcoming Taste event, set for Thursday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The event is being hosted by Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta, with proceeds to benefit the Museum School of Avondale Estates and KW Cares, a “501(c)(3) public charity created to support Keller Williams associates and their families with hardship as a result of a sudden emergency.” Tickets cost $15 each or two for $25.

The city also lists the event on its website, saying, “Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta will host its sixth annual Taste of the Towns at the renowned Tudor Square in the heart of beautiful downtown Avondale Estates. The venue will accommodate a larger audience and the most restaurants in event history.”

According to the event announcement, there will be tastings from more than 18 restaurants in Decatur and Avondale Estates. There will also be live music from Dammages and Grits, and a hip-hop performance by Project Slide.

Rieker, who hasn’t returned calls or messages from this publication since April, recently sat down with Homes in Atlanta Realty for a video interview about his plans for the Tudor Square property.

“The business community that we’re developing right now really will … encompass restaurants. It’ll encompass bakeries. A grocery store,” Rieker says in the video. “We’re actually getting a whiskey distillery and a malt vinegary, and the whiskey distillery will be the fifth one in Georgia by the time it’s built this summer. The vinegary will be the first malt vinegary in the United States. And then in the other part of the building, we’re looking for artisan food producers, like a chocolatier, a cheese maker. So we actually want people to come in and experience where the food comes from, see it being produced and then do some, maybe retail, wholesale with those producers.”