Friday, October 15, 2010

Gravy Train: Dinner Party, Yeah! Burger, Rosebud, El Taco...

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Mexican fare at The Original El Taco
Nick Melvin, fresh off a stint opening Empire State South, is moving on to Morningside’s Rosebud. Melvin will serve as Chef de Cuisine.

The Beignet Connection, which has long been taunting passersby with a “Coming Soon” sign, plans to open on November 19 in the Pencil Factory building on Decatur Street. The upscale Creole spot will serve up New Orleans favorites including gumbos, etouffees, po-boys and, naturally, beignets of both the sweet and savory variety.

The Original El Taco in Virginia Highlands will be open for lunch on weekends beginning this Saturday. Dishes will include all the favorites, plus a few brunch-like twists like the “Mexican Hangover Cure” - chilaquiles topped with an over easy egg.

Exciting rumors have been flying around the interwebs regarding the new Dinner Party Atlanta project from the Top Flr and Sound Table crew, which would provide a permanent location for their successful bi-monthly culinary adventures. The space will potentially be housed in the former Nonna Mia location in Midtown, which has thus far been a revolving door of failed concepts. Further digging revealed that Julia LeRoy will head up the kitchen. Partner Jeff Myers quipped, “I guess if you throw a great Dinner Party, one wants it to last forever.” More good news for Sound Table fans: we hear they are also looking to expand the space on Edgewood to accommodate a growing fan base.

Yeah! Burger’s second Atlanta location will open on November 4 in Virginia Highland, maintaining its focus on low-cost, organic better-than-fast-food burgers. The new location will feature an 80-seat dining room and a large, covered patio.

MetroFresh will open a second Atlanta location just a stones throw from their current Midtown outpost - inside the gates of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The location will feature the classic MetroFresh menu but will also incorporate dishes inspired by the gardens. The cafe expects to open in January. (via Atlanta Magazine)

Zest, a new sushi and tapas restaurant, will be opening in Historic Roswell on Canton Street. The space has previously housed a few different restaurants including Fused Craft Bar and Magnolia.

Several Atlanta spots got nods from Esquire Magazine this week in their annual restaurant report. Miller Union and Bistro Niko were recognized as two of America’s top 20 new restaurants, while chef Joshua Hopkins of Abattoir was named a top “Chef to Watch.”

Chef Marvin Woods, who’s led his share of kitchens including residing over Atlanta’s own Spice, will host a new television special called “Georgia Cooks: Secret Family Recipes” on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Woods previously appeared on your TV screen as the host of Turner South’s “Home Plate.” His new show will showcase viewer-submitted recipes and an accompanying cookbook will also be available.

There are signs of life (pun intended) at the coming-soon H&F Bottle Shop as they unveil their sign on Peachtree Road.

Chris Martha joins the team at Livingston as General Manager. Martha moves a few blocks down Peachtree from the same position at La Pietra Cucina.

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