Grant Henry sweats on the porch of his new bar one boiling afternoon in downtown Athens, waiting for a sign.
Vintage church chandeliers hang overhead and a huge painting of Jesus frowns behind Plexiglas. It’s here, on the porch, where two elderly women recently walked by and told Grant, Y’all are going to hell!
The notion by some that Grant is sacrilegious is nothing new. Four years ago, Grant raised hackles when he opened his popular Atlanta bar, Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium. Called “Church” for short, it’s a cathedral to high camp and table tennis, which the website BuzzFeed recently named best kitschy theme bar in the world.
Grant talks about the pushback with a devious smile. While he may be a provocateur, the vitriol can sting