We're back with our series Inside Atlanta—each week, we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. Today we’re chatting with Keri Potts, the Senior Director for College Sports at ESPN. While the “worldwide leader in sports” is based out of Connecticut, Potts works out of their Atlanta office coordinating and guiding strategic communications efforts, including publicizing the “World Series of Poker” and “30 for 30”.
A transplant from New York, Potts is loving Atlanta. Today we get a tour of The Big Peach led by Potts herself.
I live in… “Grant Park, which suits my city-loving heart and suburban upbringing. I can walk to get my coffee or to get dinner …and I can also work on my garden and sit on my front porch and watch the world go by. It’s the best of both worlds.”
I Wish People Knew… “what a gem the Grant Park, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward areas are, and what a great sense of community they possess. I always hear Buckhead lauded, even though it lacks the character, walkability and personality of these towns.”
It’s Dinner Time, I’m Headed to… “Cypress Street Pint and Plate or Barcelona Wine Bar. Cypress is a cozy and relaxed environment, but its menu is a solid step above pub fare.
Plus, it’s my – and most sports fans’ – go-to spot for any big televised sporting event. Barcelona is consistently excellent from the staff to the wine to the menu. I love the location, the atmosphere and the décor. The fireplace puts it over the top.”
Clock Strikes 5 o’clock, I’m Drinking… “Rose’ outside at Empire State South, or Murphy’s with one of my awesome friends.”
Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret is…“the restaurant scene in West Midtown. Not only is the variety of cuisine there impressive – between Le Fat’s Vietnamese fare and Marcel’s fine French, the oyster heaven of The Optimist, the hidden gem Miller Union, the Basque country Cooks and Soldiers and JCT Kitchen’s fried chicken – but it always has a great vibe and energy especially during the summer.”
When I’m Playing Tourist I go to… “places of history. As a New Yorker, there is much I do not know about Southern culture, but I’m inspired to learn. I have my sights set on visiting some of the battlefields and museums in and around the state this summer.”