Giving a nod to its origin as an iron foundry, The Foundry at Graduate Athens is rooted in the concept of craftsmanship and attention to detail with fresh hints of Southern flare and fare bringing the space to life.
Dating back to the 1850’s, The Foundry has been repurposed offering a multi-tiered concert hall with four additional historic venues fit to host special events, meetings and weddings. In the Foundry, exposed brick walls and high beam ceilings tell stories of past artisans who once inhabited the space, while contemporary finishings and enhanced acoustics lend a refurbished stage to new musicians.
Over the years, The Foundry has hosted the Indigo Girls, Nappy Roots, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Blind Boys of Alabama to perform their craft. In addition to nationally renowned bands, The Foundry is now living room to local and emerging artists alike and frequented by Shawn Mullins, Randall Bramblett, Strawberry Flats, Carl Lindberg Jazz, and Crosby Still Nash & Young tribute band, Déjà vu.
Of course, this music is always enjoyed best over some delicious handcrafted food. Athens-local, Graduate Athens’ Executive Chef Joseph Houston III’s menu of reimagined Southern comfort food offers guests a taste of The Foundry’s heritage. Local ingredients are sourced to create authentic dishes in house by way of scratch cooking. Feel-good favorites like locally-sourced plates and a bar stocked with local beers, wines and spirits serve up a warm communal experience to all.