10 Degrees South, with its South African cuisine, marks 20 years

When Justin Anthony took to the field as a striker for the Atlanta Ruckus in 1996, there were not 70,000 screaming fans in the stands. Neither Mercedes-Benz Stadium nor Atlanta United FC was probably even hatched in Arthur Blank’s head. Certainly, a South African dining concept was not cooking in Anthony’s mind. That is, until a knee injury forced the professional soccer player into early retirement.

What do you do when you’re 23 years old, sidelined and in a foreign land? If you’re Anthony, you recall the days when you played pro ball in London. You remember the South African sports pub there that made you feel a little less homesick for Johannesburg. Then, you look around at all the expats in Atlanta and say, “Let’s create something special for them.”

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