ATLANTA, GA — The Varsity has been serving up chili dogs and frosted oranges since 1928. On Saturday, the iconic gameday fast food spot will be celebrating its 90th birthday with a party at its original location in Midtown.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be among the crowd on hand to celebrate with the Muir family, who turned a restaurant that promised to get Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket fans fed and to the game on time into an Atlanta institution.
fTo celebrate, all menu items will be 90 cents at all five locations of The Varsity — in Atlanta, Athens, Dawsonville, Kennesaw and Norcross. At the location on North Avenue, there will be family activities including balloon twisters, a DJ, face painters, an ice cream truck, touch-a-truck and a photo booth.
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Mascots in attendance will include Georgia Tech’s Buzz and Ramblin’ Wreck, Harry the Hawk from the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Braves mascot, Blooper.
Commemorative cups, which sell for $5.99, will give patrons free soft-drink refills for the rest of the year or 99-cent refills on frosted oranges and milkshakes. All proceeds from cup sales will go to Shepherd’s Men, part of the SHARE Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
WHERE: The Varsity, 61 North Ave., Atlanta
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
WHO: Members of the Muir family, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, sports mascots
Photo courtesy The Varsity