Ink & Elm hopes to honor his work and the vibrant life of the community he helped form. And this hope is reflected not only in its location — housed in the heart of Emory Village — but also in its name and its interior. "Ink" is an allusion to Olmsted's renderings, while "Elm" refers to his favorite type of tree, which he first came to appreciate during his travels in the 1850s and then used to adorn the streets of Druid Hills in the 1890s. The interior of Ink & Elm is accentuated with subtle references to his life and work and marked by strong echoes of his aesthetic.
Ink & Elm focuses on new, elevated Southern dining in an open and relaxing environment, and represents an ideal destination where the residents of Druid Hills as well as Emory faculty and students can gather, dine, and socialize.
Drawing inspiration from Southern traditions and food culture, and showcasing the contemporaneous dimension and eclecticism of Executive Chef Stephen Sharp, Ink & Elm's food program revolves around local, organic, sustainable, and responsible procurement. The menu cycles are seasonal and offer a modern take on Southern, American cuisine.
The dark and cozy tavern is loosely based on a turn-of-the-century landscape design studio and features oversized stools, comfortable booths, and a wide variety of scotches, bourbons, and whiskies. The Tavern serves Intelligentsia coffee throughout the day and offers a selection of locally inspired sandwiches, soups, salads, and side items for lunch durring the week.
Reminiscent of the hotel lobbies of yesteryear, our Lounge is perfect for intimate gatherings of friends and neighbors over an aperitif, glass of wine, or a creative cocktail before and after a meal. A raw and cooked oyster menu is available and the oversized chairs provide the perfect spot to enjoy a cheese and charcuterie platter. Our cocktails are inspired by the seasonality of local ingredients, house-made tinctures, and the interesting liquors and liqueurs that are available today to create great recipes.