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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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. 

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! 

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