Friday, November 5, 2010

Gravy Train: Antico gets a food truck, H. Harper Station opens, plus more...

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 11:16 AM

H. Harper Station
  • Jeff Moore
  • H. Harper Station Opening in Reynoldstown
If you live on Highland Avenue, I hope you like yourself some frozen treats! A new froyo spot called Frutella is coming to the Highland Walk complex in January and over in Virginia Highland, the quickly-growing Yogli Mogli is reportedly opening another location of their self-serve soft serve shop. Yogli Mogli has additional locations coming soon to Marietta, West Cobb and Cumming.

Antico Pizza Napoletana, recently named Best Pizza in our Best of Atlanta awards, has hit the road with Antico Express. The food truck, run by locals Lori and Dino McDowell, brings Antico pies to events around the southeast. Presently the truck can most often be found down at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and other racing events in places like Talladega and Daytona Beach. The team is looking to expand their reach soon to serve up the slices at festivals around Atlanta. The pies are precooked by Antico, frozen and then heated to serve in the truck. Antico Express currently offers just two options - Margherita or Pepperoni - available by the slice or pie.

H. Harper Station will open in Reynoldstown this Sunday, November 7. The restaurant, which will serve updated Southern cuisine, is located at 904 Memorial Drive in the building that was previously The Depot. The interior has been updated but still pays homage to the space’s train station roots. The menu will focus on small plates and communal dining. H. Harper Station will be open Tuesday - Saturday from 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. and on Sundays for supper beginning at 3 p.m..

Marlow’s Tavern is set to open on December 14 in East Cobb. This is the seventh metro area Marlow’s location. The family-friendly restaurant joins a slew of new additions to the Merchant’s Walk shopping center on Johnson’s Ferry Road. The shopping center will also be welcoming a GiGi’s Cupcakes location in January.

Abrigo, opening in Midtown in the location that was previously Mitra, is gearing up to start service in the next two weeks. The restaurant will serve Mexican, Latin and Southwest fusion in a colorful dining room that reflects the culture you’ll taste in the dishes. Abrigo will be open daily from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (extended to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).

Roswell favorite Relish announced (via their newsletter) that they will be closing after New Years Eve service this December. The restaurant will be replaced by a new, family-friendly Mexican restaurant called Pico Auténtico, run by Relish owner and chef Andy Badgett. Badgett mentioned that fans of Relish “will likely find some hints of Relish favorites on Pico's menu come January," but no promises on what the menu will contain - so get that Krispy Kreme bread pudding while it lasts!

Atlanta will soon have two new options for grabbing a quick bite. Six Senses Hospitality Management Group has signed on to bring Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen and Petro's Chili & Chips to the metro area. Gandolfo’s serves New York inspired deli creations, including a variety of pastrami options. Petro’s is a curious concept focused on chili (with both traditional and vegetarian options). You can get a cup of chili with your choice of toppings, served on a hot dog, over nachos or topping off a baked potato. Petro’s recently opened its first Atlanta location inside Bobby Dodd Stadium at Georgia Tech.

Sidebar, a downtown watering hole popular with the Georgia State crowd, has renovated their interior and expanded to include the adjacent space that used to house The Mark Night Club. The redo includes smoke eaters to freshen up the place and a new state-of-the-art sound system. The expanded space is currently being used for overflow on busy nights at Sidebar but will eventually have it’s own flavor as a distinct space with more of a nightclub feel.

Midtown's Spring4th Complex has expanded to include a new bar and entertainment venue called 688 Club. In addition to the venue area, which will host DJs and music acts, the space will feature a more low-key bar for the happy hour crowd. Owners are currently in talks with a successful Decatur restaurateur to manage the kitchen.

More news from Atlanta’s bar scene - Buckhead’s Park Bench is planning a move from their current East Paces Ferry location over to the new burgeoning bar scene on Irby Avenue. The bar’s owners are working on converting the previous Storehouse Furniture location into the new Park Bench. (via Reporter)

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