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Friday, October 1, 2010

Gravy Train: FLIP, Buckhead Diner, food trucks...

  • James Camp
FLIP Burger Boutique, brainchild of Richard Blais, will open their second Atlanta location this October in Buckhead’s Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center. The location will feature the familiar menu of creative burgers and frosty foie gras shakes.

Buckhead Diner’s executive chef, Joey Riley, has left the building. Riley cooked his last meal at the Buckhead Life Group standby on Sunday. As Tomorrow’s News Today reported back in June, Riley will be moving on to open his own venture, Kaleidoscope, in Brookhaven. Taking control of the kitchen will be Chef Charles Schwab. Before joining the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Charles worked with Anne Quatrano, Chef/Owner of Bacchanalia, for over eight years and also served as Executive Chef of Blue Ridge Grill. As of now, Schwab plans to maintain the classic Buckhead Diner menu with few changes.

Chef Linda Harrell and 101 Concepts will preview dishes from their newest venture, Cibo E Bevi, this weekend at Food 101. Opening next year in Sandy Springs, Cibo E Bevi (which translates to Grub and Drink) will be Italian casual dining. Harrell, a 101 Concepts veteran, will lead the kitchen with a menu of upscale spins on Italian classics.

Yumbii food truck is pairing up with Cafe at Pharr to take a new street food option to the roads of Atlanta. The truck coincides with Cafe's Atlanta expansion and they hope to take it to the streets by February 2011. (via What Now Atlanta)

The Little Wine Shoppe, previewed by Decatur Metro earlier this month, opened for business this week in Avondale Estates. In addition to the retail shop, they will also offer a wine club package featuring six new wines each month for $85.

Rathbuns has posted their 2011 cooking classes, with six options available. The classes are $350 each and include an interactive cooking lesson, dinner with a guest and your very own chef jacket to take home. Classes are limited to 15 people and sell out quickly every year.

The Boneheads chain is re-branding as Fishhook Grille. The menu will include a few new additions but will remained focused on healthy chicken and seafood dishes and their signature piri piri sauces.

Pinkberry, pioneers of the froyo craze, is opening in Marietta. The new shop, located at 1281 Johnson Ferry Road in the Merchant’s Walk center, is the brand’s second Georgia outpost.

We're also chasing down information on a few new spots around town including a super ambitious cocktail spot in Midtown from some of the former employees of Trois, and a new Creole restaurant opening soon. Stay tuned...

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