Reynoldstown Atlanta Coffee Shop and Cafe ParkGrounds is converting its dog park into an outdoor patio and beer garden

The off-leash dog park at Reynoldstown Cafe and Cafe ParkGrounds is officially closed, but the covered patio and indoor seating remain open.

Johnny Gianoulidis, who also owns the Greek restaurant Kafenio on the Avondale Estates the Greek pizzeria and gyros in Brookhaven, began renovations last week to convert the small dog park at ParkGrounds into an outdoor seating area and beer garden, complete with food trucks on weekend evenings. Dogs on a leash are welcome when the new patio opens, and owners are expected to clean up after their animals and discourage them from digging or damaging furniture. People not properly supervising their dogs, cleaning up behind them, or using the park as a resting place for their dogs without purchasing items from the cafe have been ongoing problems for ParkGrounds.

“Please do not expect to use the park as a poop station for your pet,” reads part of a Facebook post. “You are being asked to leave and not to return. If dog owners cannot meet these expectations, they are told to leave immediately.”

Gianoulidis plans to add more cocktails and beers on tap, and expand breakfast and sandwich menus to include wraps and other dishes from its Kafenio restaurants and Greek pizzeria and gyros.

“We will sort, mulch, put down slate, get new tables and chairs, set up sun sails and more fairy lights,” the Facebook post says. “We look forward to serving the community and becoming a place where the neighborhood can gather in a clean and comfortable environment under this beautiful tree in the park for coffee, breakfast, beer, booze and sandwiches.”

The beer garden and new outdoor seating area at ParkGrounds should debut sometime in May. [FB]

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