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Atlanta restaurant transforms itself for April Fool’s Day

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Before: Across the Street in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward Before: Across the Street in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward
After: Across the Street becomes 'Feed & Seed' After: Across the Street becomes 'Feed & Seed'
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Regular customers of a Mexican restaurant in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward neighborhood have grown accustomed to its April Fools' Day makeovers. They're dying to know how the owners of Across the Street have transformed the restaurant this year.

On Tuesday, the owners let CBS46 News in on its little secret. The restaurant's name on this April 1 is (drum roll, please) Feed & Seed, a farm-to-table-style restaurant, featuring an organic menu, artificial grass on the floors and antique farm tools on its whitewashed walls.

"We brought in different silverware, dishtowels, peat cups for luminaries and begonias and Mason jars for beverages tonight," said co-owner Lana Banks.

Banks and Ali Wild have owned Across the Street for seven years. They've been performing April Fool's Day makeovers for the past five years, closing the restaurant March 31 in order to paint and redecorate. Past themes have included Barbecue Betty's Roadside Grill, Key West Coastal Café and a French place called Le Quatrieme.

The upscale French theme caught some patrons off guard.

"A couple flung open the front door, looked inside and then they panicked," said Wild. "We happened to be standing outside at that minute, and so when they turned around to leave, we said, ‘April Fools!' They just started laughing, so it's always a lot of fun."

Feed & Seed will be open for one day only. On April 2, the restaurant will be back to its usual Mexican-themed self, featuring its famous margaritas, brightly-colored walls and eclectic artwork.

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