Polaris, the legendary rotating restaurant and lounge atop the historic Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel, a symbol of Atlanta’s progress for nearly 50 years, will “re-turn” to the city skyline in June, the hotel announced today.
To celebrate the reopening, the hotel will turn off, and then relight the famous Polaris blue dome before its official opening to the public on Tuesday, June 10, after a series of pre-opening events.
The new Polaris will serve handcrafted cocktails and chef-inspired shared plates with an amazing panoramic view of the Atlanta skyline. Guests will shoot 22 stories up in the hotel’s glass elevators and be transported to a breathtaking space that is both completely modern and a tribute to Polaris’ retro history (Jim Morrison likened the experience to flying in “Victorian Rocket Ships”).
“The new Polaris has been a 10-year project for Hyatt Regency Atlanta to restore the iconic restaurant to its hometown”, said Peter McMahon, Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s General Manager. Polaris is reopening as Atlanta enjoys its most exciting year since the Olympics, debuting new projects like the Center for Civil and Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta Streetcar, and attracting record numbers of visitors.
Conceived by visionary Atlanta architect John C. Portman, Jr., Polaris is one of Atlanta’s most recognized landmarks. It was Atlanta’s first rotating restaurant when it opened in 1967, and quickly became a symbol of the fast-growing city, featured on souvenirs, postcards and murals.
Polaris was so popular guests lined up just to ride the elevators and take in the view. In its heyday, Polaris hosted dignitaries, presidents and celebrities, as well as everyday Atlantans celebrating birthdays, wedding proposals, anniversaries and prom nights.
We are all looking forward to this so please put June 10th on your calendar. If there was ever a time to come and visit Atlanta, this would be the year!