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The Lawrence strives to increase the quality, innovation and authenticity of the Midtown Atlanta neighborhood. Headed by the visions, passions and inspirations of restauranteurs Darren Carr and Patrick LaBouff. The Lawrence will serve as a memorable experience for all guests.
St. Lawrence of Rome (225–258 AD) was one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome, serving under Pope St. Sixtus II. After the death of Pope St. Sixtus II, the prefect of Rome demanded St. Lawrence turn over the church’s riches. Seeing the poor, crippled and blind as the true riches of the church, St. Lawrence instead swiftly distributed church’s property to the poor, and in turn, delivered the poor—the church’s true riches—to the prefect. The prefect was not pleased.
Due to his defiance, St. Lawrence was sentenced to death. Tradition holds that St. Lawrence was “grilled” to death on a large cast iron griddle. Legend has it that as he “cooked,” he exclaimed, “Turn me over, I’m done on this side!” It’s no wonder St. Lawrence is the patron saint of cooks and chefs. This story of passion and selfless giving still resonates, today, and inspires us in all that we do at The Lawrence.
Of course, no business is an island in its community—the two must grow and thrive together. Here at The Lawrence, we are devoted to working with local charities to help do our part to bring “riches” to our Midtown Atlanta charities. Weekly, The Lawrence celebrates “Tuesday Relief,” where we donate to a local charity a portion of Tuesday’s dinner proceeds. Know of a charity that could benefit “Tuesday Relief” at The Lawrence? Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.