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Vortex Radio

Congratulations! You’ve found the world’s premier bar and restaurant-themed podcast. "Vortex Radio" will bring you some of the most authentic discussions about the bar business and the hospitality industry that you're likely to find anywhere, and from every angle imaginable. Hosted by Michael Benoit (Co-owner of The Vortex) and Rebecca Taub (General Manager of our Midtown location), podcast guests will include working servers and bartenders, other bar and restaurant owners, chefs, customers, local celebrities and anyone else with a unique perspective on the hospitality industry. The Vortex Bar & Grill, Atlanta’s legendary burger and booze joint, has always rejected idiocy in an industry that frequently encourages it. So when problem customers slip through the cracks (and don’t follow the rules) -- hilarity often ensues. Join Michael and Rebecca as they tell the tales that no one’s ever heard -- until now! Be prepared to get sucked into Vortex Radio.
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Mar 20, 2017

Matt Dickason is a man of many hats. One of those hats involves Mechanical Buttholes. What does that mean you ask? Listen to find out!

Mar 13, 2017

JP McChesney of Dangerous Color and the Mutiny Artwrx collective joins the Vortex Radio gang this week. Based in the fine city of Atlanta, his badass artwork is right up our alley. His crew joins him for this artistic and rock 'n' roll episode of Vortex Radio. Check it out!

Mar 6, 2017

If you don't know already, we love our dogs at The Vortex. We regularly support the local organization, LifeLine Animal Project, through promotions and adoption events. Here to talk more about the project is their Director of Marketing and Communications, Heather Friedman. If you love dogs, are looking for a dog to adopt or just want to hear more about this great organization, listen in! 

Feb 27, 2017

You've probably heard of the Atlanta BeltLine but did you know that it was someone's masters thesis at Georgia Tech. Ryan Gravel never thought his project would become a reality, but now, nearly 20 years later, The Atlanta BeltLine is quickly changing the face of Atlanta. Listen in to hear his take on the shape of the city and the BeltLine. 

Feb 20, 2017

On tonight's Vortex Radio we have Johnny and Brandon, owners of the famous Joystick Game Bar and the new Georgia Beer Garden. These guys are probably the funniest pair of guests we’ve had. On top of that, it's the 100th episode of Vortex Radio! 

Feb 13, 2017

While tomorrow is Valentine's day, today is Galentines Day! And what better way to celebrate it than to hear a bunch of local Atlanta gals talk about guys? So bust out the waffles and mimosas, it's Galentines Day!

Feb 6, 2017

Scofflaw Brewing Co. is the brainchild of owner Matt Shirah, who enlisted the help of brewmaster and co-founder Travis Herman. Travis left behind a career in the pharmaceutical development industry to attend brewing school at the University of California and has brewed for some of the country’s best-known craft brewers, including The Lost Abbey and Russian River Brewing Company. Travis is on the podcast this week and is joined by JP Watts who handles sales and marketing for the new brewery. 

Jan 30, 2017

Simply Seoul is an Atlanta company specializing in delicious, all natural and vegan kimchi, Korean BBQ steam buns and Korean BBQ sauces. They also have a spot in Ponce City Market's food court. We are joined by the owner of Simply Seoul, Hannah Chung. She tells us all about what goes into making kimchi along with a plethora of other interesting stories. 

Jan 23, 2017

On this special episode of Vortex Radio, we talk about The Giving Kitchen. We are joined by the following guests; Staplehouse co-owner and spokesperson Jen Hidinger, The Giving Kitchen Director of Partnership Naomi Green and Sweetwater's Director of Marketing Steve Farace. The Giving Kitchen is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping folks from the hospitality industry who have hit a rough patch or experienced catastrophic emergencies. It's a great cause with an extremely touching backstory. We really hope you enjoy this one. 

 

 

 

Jan 16, 2017

Chef Jamie Lynch joins us on this episode of Vortex Radio. He's the executive chef of 5Church, a restaurant with three locations, one of which is in Atlanta. He also appeared as a contestant on the latest season of Top Chef. Listen in to hear about his Midtown restaurant and his time spent on Top Chef! 

Jan 9, 2017

This week we have Gunshow's executive chef, Joey Ward on the podcast. This unique restaurant is like nothing you have been to before! Listen in to get the scoop on one of Atlanta's hottest spots. 

Jan 2, 2017

Kelsey Daniels of Monday Night Brewing can't get enough of Vortex Radio! She's back for the third time to talk about Monday Night beer, mixed martial arts, and a very exciting new Monday Night project on the BeltLine. Listen in if you know what's good for you! 

Dec 26, 2016

Terrapin Beer Company's Co-Owner and Brewmaster, Spike Buckoswki, and Market Representative, Leigh Germy, stop by Vortex Radio to talk terrapin history and all the delicious beer brewed at the Athens brewery. Pour yourself a beer and buckle your seat belt, this is one high gravity podcast. 

Dec 19, 2016

The cast and crew of the film American Dirtbags joins us on Vortex Radio this week! It's the story of six lovable degenerates traveling through the Atlanta subculture making one horrible choice after another. The consequences of their sins are always hilarious and sometimes tragic. A truly dark comedy that will have you laughing when you shouldn't and questioning the real definition of "bad people." 

Dec 5, 2016

Vortex regular and hair stylist, Zach, joins us on this very special and very ridiculous episode of Vortex Radio. We talk about the many definitions of scissoring, the dangers of cutting hair and Rebecca even gets her hair cut during the podcast! Amazing? Maybe. Hilarious? Definitely.

Nov 28, 2016

Sarah Young from Wild Heaven is on the podcast for the third time and this time it's WILD. She dropped some big brewery news and brought in some delicious beers for us to try. Also, Suzanne is back on with even more cocktail and food ideas. Check it out! 

Nov 18, 2016

We have the cast and crew of the upcoming horror film The Night Watchmen on this episode of Vortex Radio. Be sure to look out for the film at horror movie festivals near you!

Nov 14, 2016

Bob Hatcher, owner of Atlanta restaurant Eats aka "Best Cheap Eats" according to Creative Loafing, has been serving food on Ponce de Leon Ave since 1993. Famous for the cheap and big plate of jerk chicken, he has developed loyal regulars over the years and some interesting stories.  

Nov 7, 2016

Alex Brounstein, creator of Atlanta's Grindhouse Killer Burgers took the Atlanta burger scene by storm in 2009. Now he has three locations all around the city and is looking to open a fourth. If you haven't had one of his killer burgers, you're missing out! Listen in to this burger-focused podcast and then run out and grab yourself a killer burger and a shake!

Oct 31, 2016

Treehorn Cider, based out of Marietta, Georgia, has blown up on the craft beverage scene recently. Besides being gluten free, locally made and environmentally sustainable, their flagship dry cider is just damn delicious. Treehorn's head of finance, Nicole Wheeler, and head of business operations, Jason Marraccini, hop on Vortex Radio to educate you fine people about cider and why Treehorn is some of the best in the game. 

Oct 21, 2016

Casper Kelly and Dave Willis, the minds behind the show Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell, join us on this special early edition of Vortex Radio. The show, which focuses on the disgruntled workers of Hell, airs on Adult Swim and is funnier than, well, hell. If you haven't seen the show before, listen to this podcast and you'll hear why they are headed into their third season. Season 3 premiers Sunday, October 23rd at 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim. 

Oct 17, 2016

Colin, Michael and Kristen just go back from an action packed trip to Mexico! Listen in to get the story behind their latest trip. And, of course, Suzanne Benoit, the Food Floozy, is back with some tasty food and drink ideas. 

Oct 10, 2016

Casey Teague from Atlanta's Independent Distilling Company stopped by the other week and let us try some of the first spirits distilled in Atlanta since prohibition. It's not an easy task opening a distillery especially in the state of Georgia. Whether you're a bourbon connoisseur or just interested in the process of distilling, this is the episode for you! 

Oct 3, 2016

Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewing Company has been pumping out deliciously dank brews for around 30 years now. Minister of Propaganda, Steve Farace, and Talking Head, Tucker Berta Sarkisian, come on the podcast to give us the low down on one of Atlanta's oldest craft breweries. There's a lot more ridiculousness to this one so you're not going to want to miss out!

Sep 26, 2016

Shaun Doty has been busy in the city of Atlanta since around 1996. You've probably been to one of his delicious chicken restaurants, Bantam + Biddy, but you might not know all of the other things he's done around the city. Listen in to get the inside scoop on his restaurant past and get a sneak peek on his new Midtown restaurant concept, The Federal, which is scheduled to open soon. 

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