Friday, January 14, 2011

Gravy Train: Gekko Sushi opens, Noon Midtown closes, Our Way Cafe looks to reopen...

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Noon is no more
Gekko Sushi is now open in the Repast space on the corner of Glen Iris and North Avenue. The restaurant is based out of Orlando, where it has received favorable reviews. Gekko offers a full sushi bar with all the standards, plus some hot entrees. They will open for lunch and dinner. Parking is available in the Ponce Springs Loft deck off of Glen Iris.

Around New Year's there were rumors of Noon Midtown's closing. More reports confirmed that this week. The restaurant, located in the 1010 building in the heart of Midtown, had been open since just April 2009.

This week Atlanta Dish gave us a peek in to what we can expect from some of their clients in 2011. They revealed that Chef Ford Fry's Decatur project is looking at a spring opening, hinted that Kevin Gillespie's "smokin" BBQ concept will be known as Terminus City and revealed that Pinkberry will be adding not only a Buckhead location but also a Midtown shop.

Underground Atlanta, which recently saw the opening of Georgia Peach, is getting another new addition. Le Restaurant Creole and Nightclub will open in March and will feature - you guessed it - Creole cuisine.

Cliff reported Monday that The Glenwood in East Atlanta Village has closed. Managing partner Dan Simpson posted in the comments that the gastropub hopes to reopen, stating "it looks as if we'll have the funding to renew and move forward if we can come to terms- and I think we can." Sounds tenuous, but time will tell.

Egg Harbor Cafe is preparing to open next month in John’s Creek. The 15-unit chain is based out of the Chicago area and this will be the first restaurant outside of Illinois. The restaurant only serves breakfast items - staying open until 2 p.m. daily. They do open at 6:30 each morning so they have the advantage of catching the early breakfast crowd.

Decatur Patch reports that Our Way Cafe, which closed down due to a fire, is almost ready to welcome hungry customers again. The meat-and-three will now feature an organic salad bar along with old favorites they are known for. They hope to reopen in February after a year of rebuilding.

Vidalia onions are finally getting the respect they deserve. The city of Vidalia will open an onion museum this spring. The Vidalia Onion Committee recently “broke ground” on the site of the new museum by planting thousands of onion seedlings in preparation for the April festivities.

In case you’d already marked your calendar, you should be aware that the dates for the second annual Buckhead Restaurant Week have shifted a month, moving from the originally planned January 29 - Sunday, February 6, 2011 to Saturday, February 26 - Sunday, March 6, 2011. Participating restaurants will feature $25 or $35 three-course menus.

I Can Has Cheez Burger has put together a state-by-state food map of the United States. Georgia is represented - of course - by peaches, though some might argue we’d be better represented by chicken.

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