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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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Dec 25, 2015

Hollis Gillespie is a comedian, an award-winning humor writer, novelist, travel columnist, NPR commentator, travel expert for NBC’s Today Show, and guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She was also at The Vortex in the beginning sipping on cocktails and jotting down stories at the bar. There are some tasty bits of Vortex History in this one. Also, Michael gets DRUNK!

Dec 18, 2015

This week on Vortex Radio, we are joined by artist, J Doyle Rogers. Known for making large-scale sculptures out of stainless steel, he currently has work exhibited all around Georgia. We also talk about the first people to take down the Super-Stack Challenge (aka Quadruple Coronary Bypass Burger) in under 20 minutes! There's some tasty junk food for your earholes in this one. 

Dec 11, 2015

Navy Ogbuokiri, AKA pro wrestler The Dark Mon, joins us on our second official live episode. His relation to The Vortex is twofold. He was a part of a fake fight on The Vortex's reality TV sizzle reel and he was a competitor in the Super Stack Challenge competition recently. Although he wasn't able to take down the new monster Quadruple Coronary Bypass Burger, he came really close. Oh also, he might pick Vortex Baby Colin up in the air towards the end of the podcast... Don't miss it!

Dec 4, 2015

Heather Black has been working at The Vortex for 6 years and now she’s moving to Australia! Before she goes down under, we asked her all the important questions about her time at The Vortex like how she met her future husband here. Listen to this episode of Vortex Radio to get the scoop!

Nov 27, 2015

We have Whynatte Latte founder, Jesse Altman, on the podcast this week. You hear us do a shot of Whynatte mixed with booze every week on the podcast, now it's time for you to hear all about how it got it's start. Why not tune in to this incredible episode?

Nov 20, 2015

We had so much fun with Lucky Yates last week, we had to have him back on the show. Either that, or he thought we didn't talk about him enough. This week it's ALL ABOUT LUCKY! We also talk about our brand new Diner Burgers and the outrageous Quadruple Coronary Bypass challenge that took place at The Vortex Midtown the other week. 

Nov 13, 2015

Do you love the show Archer? Good for you! We have Lucky Yates, the voice of Dr. Krieger, on this episode of Vortex Radio! We learn about his huge crush on Rebecca, too much information about his dating life, and that he wore a burger suit in an old Vortex commercial that has been lost in time. Seriously, this one is funny as hell.

Nov 6, 2015

We recorded the latest episode of our podcast in front of a LIVE studio audience, and it was awesome! We had a great audience of Vortex Radio fans back in the Laughing Skull Lounge, and everyone enjoyed the show along with some free Laughing Skull beer. We'll be doing this on the first Thursday of every month, so if you want to come to the next one on December 3rd, just email us at info@VortexRadioATL.com to get on the guest list. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Oct 30, 2015

On this episode we have the legendary Grant Henry, owner and purveyor of one of our favorite spots in ATL, Sister Louisa’s Church. Grant is our first returning guest and he has a lot to talk about this time around. Did you hear about Church catching on fire? Hear all about it and more on this episode of Vortex Radio! 

Oct 23, 2015

Atlanta Local tattoo artist, Loki Shane Defriece, comes on the show to school the crew on what it's like to be a tattoo artist. Ever wonder how you get through customs with a face tattoo? Hear all about it and more on this episode of Vortex Radio!

Oct 16, 2015

It's a hostful episode of Vortex Radio this week! We've been talking about Atlanta Gay Pride for a while now on the podcast and it finally happened. A lot of crazy shit went down so you're not going to want to miss this one! 

Oct 9, 2015

This week, the mother of the three Vortex owners and siblings is our guest on Vortex Radio! Suzanne, Michael, Rebecca and Baby Colin join Mrs. Benoit as she flips through old Vortex photos and reminisces about how it all got started. Because nothing makes for good radio quite like going through a photo album! You’ll even hear about the owners’ first jobs, way before The Vortex was even a thought. This is a good one!

Oct 2, 2015

Holy shit-snacks, this is a good episode! This week Amber Nash, the voice of Pam Poovey on Archer, joins us on Vortex Radio. We talk about how she got into improv, giant naked Santas, live action Archer and the upcoming Vortex Musical. This episode is even crazier than Pam on cocaine!

Sep 25, 2015

Our special guest this week is Paolo Dalla Zorza, owner of Paolo's Gelato. He joins us on the podcast with his girlfriend/marketing manager and interpreter, Elizabeth Hall. Good thing she came along because Paolo's accent is ridiculous. Michael spends the podcast eating at least a gallon of gelato, and co-host Andrew Markle tries gelato for the first time ever while being teased mercilessly by Paolo. This one may give you brain freeze!

Sep 18, 2015

Bantam may mean small chicken, but there ain't no tiny cocks on this podcast! Kenn Taylor, co-owner of Bantam Pub in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, comes on and talks about the changes he's seen in the area, hipsters and how much he’d like to see VBC in a ball gag.

Sep 11, 2015

 

This week we finally got Dublin, our Little 5 Points General Manager, to join the podcast. If you love our bar in L5P, you’ll want to listen to get the inside scoop on what goes on behind the big Laughing Skull. Don’t let Dublin fool you. She’s a rebel.

Sep 6, 2015

This week is bittersweet! We are saying goodbye to Little 5 bartender Carla after 18 years of badass employment. Listen to us look back on the good, the bad, the crazy and the strip clubs! Speaking of crazy....Suzanne's here, too. You're welcome!

Aug 30, 2015

Hey there folks. I'm gonna cut to the chase here. We got Myrna Perez! founder and owner of LottaFrutta and MAN was she awesome. One of my personal faves! Listen in as Michael and the guys get down and dirty on how it all began while Myrna shows  Michael how to talk with a proper Spanish accent. This one is spicy!

Aug 23, 2015

On this episode we have the infamous Bob Place! Creator of American Dirtbags! Listen in as the guys talk about the movie and what went on behind the scenes. Listen in and discover how the sausage was made! If you love The Vortex, you're gonna love this guy and the movie!

Aug 17, 2015

This is a Good one folks! Top of the top when it comes to podcasts. On tonights Vortex Radio we have Johnny and Brandon, owners of the famous JOYSTICK GAME BAR!! These guys are probably the funniest pair guests we've had. Listen to how it it all got started. Sit back grab a whisky and get your GAME ON!

Aug 10, 2015

It's the first week of the month and Suzanne is back!! As you can see she is our favorite regular. It's always a wild ride when she gets in our ear holes, so strap in and enjoy!

Aug 3, 2015

How would we survive these Atlanta summers without King of Pops?? This week Vortex Radio is happy to have Steven Carse, the King himself, on the show. Kick back, chill out, and listen to the tale of another Atlanta based success. What's your flavor?

Jul 27, 2015

What's your favorite Atlanta pizza? If Ammazza isn't on your list, then you either haven't tried it or you're just wrong. Meet Hugh, co-owner of Amazza, in this weeks episode. Pizza and burgers? What a beautiful combination.

Jul 20, 2015

If you've been to the Vortex, more than likely you've been to Sister Louisa's Church. On this episode we have the legendary Grant Henry, owner and purveyor of one of our favorite spots in ATL. You know the place, so sit back and open you're earholes, and listen to how it all happened!

Jul 12, 2015

Every first Thursday of the month we will be doing the Vortex Radio show live out of the Laughing Skull Lounge with our favorite guest Suzanne Benoit! Tell your friends and check it out! This is the first of many new live episodes to come!

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