Especially when the house has lots of gin and your grandmother is Kevin Gillespie.
Make yourself at home at Revival, an old house that the good chef Gillespie is about to fill with Southern comfort food and Cheerwine libations, opening Thursday in Decatur. (Here’s a nice slideshow for you to look at.)
It might feel familiar.
Could be the big front porch. Or the vintage books and hand-painted teapots. Maybe the old family portraits everywhere. It’s sort of like the place you went as a kid to play hide and seek and eat hard candies out of a dish. (Yes, they have one of those.)
But there’s a huge bar.
It’s where you’ll go after work to smile and sip things like rum-heavy Cheerwine Phosphates and Rock and Ryes infused with rock candy.
And comfort. So much comfort.
Usher a date toward one of the little dining rooms or the covered patio. Go à la carte with something like bacon-wrapped meat loaf. Or better yet, ask for The Supper and they’ll just bring stuff out like fried chicken and hickory-smoked local greens.
But... don’t leave yet.
The butterscotch trifles would like a word.
At least humor them.