Restaurateur Dante Stephensen remembered as ‘Atlanta treasure and icon’

Iconic Atlanta restaurateur Dante Stephensen died July 25. He was 84. Stephensen died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Stephensen was best known for mixing and mingling at his wildly popular nightclub, Dante’s Down the Hatch. Stephensen opened the venue downtown at Underground Atlanta in 1970 before relocating to Peachtree Road in Buckhead in 1981. “Dante was a showman, larger than life,” Niko Karatassos, president of Buckhead Life Restaurant…

Iconic Atlanta restaurateur Dante Stephensen died July 25. He was 84. Stephensen died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Stephensen was best known for mixing and mingling at his wildly popular nightclub, Dante’s Down the Hatch. Stephensen opened the venue downtown at Underground Atlanta in 1970 before relocating to Peachtree Road in Buckhead in 1981. “Dante was a showman, larger than life,” Niko Karatassos, president of Buckhead Life Restaurant…

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