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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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. 

Sep 19, 2016

Sam Kim, the Daytime Manager and Corporate Representative of The Cheetah, joins us on Vortex Radio this week! For those that don't know, Thee Cheetah is the premiere gentleman's club in Atlanta and has been open for almost 40 years. When The Vortex opened up, The Cheetah served as a retreat for the owners after long days of serving the Midtown neighborhood incredible burgers and beer. 

Sep 12, 2016

Mike DiLonardo, Director of Operations of Atlanta Beer Festivals, joins Vortex Radio this week to share his tale of how he got into throwing the best beer parties in this fine city. On top of that, Mike is a big Vortex Radio fan and he turns the podcast table and interviews Michael and the gang! This is an episode you do not want to miss.  

Sep 5, 2016

Vortex Co-Owner Suzanne Benoit returns with some tasty treats. This time she brings in a bar snack that throws back to the early days of the Vortex and some tasty, and some not so tasty, beer cocktails. Listen in! 

Aug 29, 2016

Kamal Grant of Atlanta's Sublime Doughnuts joins the crew for this sweet episode of Vortex Radio. They just celebrated 8 years of providing Atlanta with some of the most delicious and unique doughnuts in the country. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and get ready to work up an appetite because this is one tasty podcast. 

Aug 22, 2016

Eddie Hernandez has been cooking in this city for over 20 years and is now involved in the highly successful restaurant, Taqueria del Sol. With five locations, four in Georgia and one in Nashville, he's providing some of the most unique and delicious tacos to the masses. Listen in to hear more about this culinary creative and some upcoming special Taqueria events. 


Aug 15, 2016

Ford Fry is an Atlanta based chef and restaurateur who is behind eleven restaurants, ten in Atlanta and one in Houston. He joins Vortex radio to enjoy a margarita and talk about this journey through the Atlanta food scene. If you haven't been to one of his restaurants, you'll definitely want to go after listening to this episode!

Aug 8, 2016

Jackie and Maria from Atlanta's own Urban Tree Cidery join the Vortex Radio crew this week. They're Atlanta's first craft cidery and are pumping out some delicious and unique takes on the beverage. Listen in to this episode to get the scoop on what it's like to run a cidery and brew this tasty elixir.  

Aug 1, 2016

Mac Thurston has been keeping Midtown Atlanta's thirst quenched since the early 80's. The founder of Mac's Beer and Wine has also been a loyal patron of The Vortex since the first days back in the early 90's. Listen in to this episode to get a glimpse into the old Midtown Atlanta and the early days of The Vortex. 

Jul 25, 2016

Have you ever had mead before? Do you know how it's made? Whether you're a mead beginner or expert, this is the episode for you! We've got Justin Schoendorf and Sriki Vourganti from Monks Mead on the podcast this week! The gang tries a wide selection of meads and, because mead has a high alcohol percentage, things get pretty weird! 

Jul 18, 2016

Eric Von Haessler has been a radio personality in the city of Atlanta for 20 years now. You probably heard him on The Regular Guys show on 96 Rock back in the day. Now he joins the Vortex Radio crew for an hour of ridiculousness. Tune into this special episode to learn more about Eric as well as a brand new original Vortex cocktail! 

Jul 11, 2016

Vortex co-owner Suzanne Benoit joins us again on Vortex Radio! She's brought some tasty surprises for the gang to try including some high percentage booze and candy shot glasses. Things get pretty ridiculous on this one! 

Jul 4, 2016

The local guys over at Second Self Beer Company have been pumping out unique beers for a couple years now. With a unique blend of ingredients and a thoughtful use of hop varieties, there's no doubt they are making some of the most interesting beer in the state. Crack open a beer and stuff your ears with this audio junk food! 

Jun 27, 2016

Did you listen to Z93 back in the day? How about Dave FM? Chances are, if you live in Atlanta, you've heard Mara Davis' voice on the radio. Now, she's eating at all of Atlanta's best restaurants for Atlanta Eats. She joins the Vortex Radio crew on this very special episode to talk about the restaurant scene in the city and all of the craziness that goes along with it.

Jun 20, 2016

Kristen Benoit, owner of Atlanta's own Bone Garden Cantina, joins the podcast once again but this time, she is here to teach the gang all about Mezcal. Have you always been confused about the difference between Tequila and Mezcal? Well it's about time you learn!

Jun 13, 2016

The city of Atlanta hasn't seen a distillery since 1906. In 2014, Old Fourth Distillery changed that. Craig Moore, O4D's Head Fermentor, is our special guest on Vortex Radio this week. He talks about the challenges of opening up a distillery in Atlanta, what it's like to work in a 1,300 square foot building and, of course, we try their delicious Vodka and Gin. He even brought us some young whiskey in for us to sample. Listen in!

Jun 3, 2016

Reformation has been pumping out quality craft beer for a long time now. What started as a home brewing project, quickly turned into a community event, which then evolved into a full-scale brewery. The CEO and Co-Founder, Spencer Nix, as well has one of his Accounts Relationship Managers, Hamilton Bolton, join this episode of Vortex Radio. They brought in all kinds of delicious brews for the crew to try so crack open a beer and listen in!

May 30, 2016

Reid Ramsay of the popular beer news website, Beer Street Journal, comes on the podcast to drink beer and talk about beer. He's joined by Wild Heaven Craft Beers' very own Apostle of Ales, Sarah Young, who has brought in some delicious beers for the crew to try. Listen in to expand your beer horizons on this beer-centric episode of Vortex Radio. Did we mention we drink a lot of beer on this one? 

May 23, 2016

Nightclub entrepreneur, Michael Krohngold, has been in the Atlanta bar and club scene for a long time. On this very special episode of Vortex Radio, Michael takes us into the crazy past of Atlanta nightlife. Listen in to hear what Atlanta was like when closing time didn't exist and you could party until the birds started chirping.

May 16, 2016

Atlanta based artist, R. Land, recently came over to the Vortex Little 5 Points and painted a mural on the side of our bar. Now he's back to hang out with Michael and the Vortex Radio crew. Want to know a little bit about the history of R. Land? Curious about what he thinks of the constantly changing city of Atlanta? Listen in! This is one juicy podcast. 

May 12, 2016

This week on Vortex Radio, the owner of the famous Porter Beer Bar, Molly Gunn, joins us. A neighbor of the Little 5 Points Vortex, The Porter has been pouring beer and pumping out delicious food for eight years now. Listen in for some insight on what it's like to curate a beer menu that has over 800 unique brews. Spoiler: it ain't easy! 

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