Friday, January 7, 2011

Gravy Train: BBQ in East Atlanta, Pops on Ice, A Brewery in Decatur

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Boners BBQ
  • Rendering of proposed Boner's BBQ in East Atlanta
We caught a whiff of the plans for the new permanent outpost of Boner’s BBQ, a culinary group that currently focuses on catering. Their quirky spot is planned for East Atlanta Village and a mobile unit is on the way, too. Owner Andrew Capron, who’s dishes are accompanied by lighthearted names like “420 Baked Beans with Smoked Crack” and “Pink Taco,” has been working to perfect his ‘que recipes for over five years. His goal is to bring the community restaurant quality food at fast food prices, putting an upscale culinary twist on old school techniques. Keep up with the progress on Facebook.

Also in East Atlanta, the East Atlanta Village Farmer’s Market is scouting for new locations. They are currently in the works to move around the corner to Flat Shoals, taking over the gravel lot across from Midway Pub. The market is open weekly from May - November.

The Pop Shop has been delivering ice pops to Atlantans for over a month now, but we’re just now hearing about their yummy all natural flavors. You can actually order the pops (10 pop minimum) via Etsy and have them delivered. Orders require three days notice and deliveries take place on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Current flavors include Spiced Carrot Cake, Cranberry Apple and Cucumber Lime Cilantro.

We’ve now been updated that Central City Tavern will in fact be staying open. The deal with the other tenant (planned to be an Italian restaurant, as previously mentioned) fell through and Central City will remain in the Howell Mill location. They're calling it a Christmas miracle!

Bojangles’ is expanding, adding 25 Atlanta locations in the next 5 years. The chicken ‘n biscuits chain currently has 30 metro area locations.

TexMex chain Chuy’s is coming to Atlanta in late 2011. Ok, it’s another TexMex spot - but on the upside, it features an Elvis shrine in every location! Chuy’s hails from Austin, TX.

PARISH Executive Chef Joe Schafer was featured on CNN’s Eatocracy blog last week. In honor of all of the New Years Day hangovers, the chef shared tips on curing bacon, including sourcing premium pork. While curing your own bacon is a nice idea, I’d best most people rolling out of bed last Saturday morning (ahem, afternoon) would have settled for Waffle House.

The Kinjo Brothers closed up shop at Nam this week. In an email to subscribers yesterday, they are still preaching that they will reopen in a “more optimal location.” They did kind of get screwed when that Starbucks opened right in front of them, so I can’t say I blame them for wanting a spot with better visibility.

In January, Le Vigne at Montaluce in Dahlonega is launching a new program for fishing and food enthusiasts alike. Le Vigne’s Chef Steven Hartman will host “Catch, Clean & Cook,” taking guests on fly fishing tours of the Etowah River. After three hours on the water, the group returns to the demonstration kitchen to learn about cleaning and cooking the fish. The day closes with a mulit-course trout meal featuring the catch of the day.

Cliff shared two fun factoids on Omnivore earlier this week. Wrecking Bar Brewpub was approved for their liquor license and is on track for a spring opening. We also learned that Casseroles will be opening next month in Morningside.

Wild Heaven Beers, already found at many local watering holes, told Patch that fans may see a Wild Heaven Brewing location in Decatur as soon as 2012. Founder Nick Purdy has a spot in mind, though he won’t say where yet. The local brewing company just released their first seasonal, a winter edition of Ode to Mercy.

Thrillist mentions that Perla Taqueria opened this week in Piedmont Heights.

Tomorrows News Today reports that Florida-based Another Broken Egg will be opening in the Peachtree Battle center in Buckhead. They are hoping to open in May of this year.

Concentrics Restaurants are ringing in 2011 by giving you an $11 coupon good for your next visit. The promotion continues through March 31. Their latest newsletter also clued us in to some pretty cool things they are doing for smart phone users. They participate in TabbedOut - which lets you pay from your phone, BarTab - which lets you send drinks to friends and also a new loyalty program called PlacePunch that allows you to earn rewards when you check in with FourSquare, Facebook or Twitter (say goodbye to all those old-school punch cards taking up valuable wallet space!).

Share the news about your new food venture or spread gossip about someone else's! Hit us up at gravytrain@creativeloafing.com.

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