Friday, January 21, 2011

Gravy Train: Hall's of Fine Wine Closes, Pico Autentico Opens

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

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Hall’s of Fine Wine, located in Inman Park, announced this week that they will be closing at the end of the month. Owner John Hall will focus on his other business, Buckhead Wine Storage. Hall will partner with Murphy’s in Virginia-Highland to continue to offer favorite wines as well as put on wine events and also plans to work with Inman Park restaurants like Parish and Park’s Edge to host wine dinners. Wines at Hall’s are 20% off though closing day, January 29.

Longtime Bluepointe executive chef Doug Turbush announced yesterday that he'll be leaving his position there to open his own venture some time in 2011. This is the second Buckhead Life veteran to leave the company in the past few months, with Buckhead Diner chef Joey Riley departing to open Kaleidoscope.

Pico Autentico officially opened yesterday in the former Relish space in Historic Roswell. The spot serves fresh Mexican cuisine in a family-friendly setting. Pico Autentico is a part of The Condiment Group, the same ownership that was behind Relish and also operates The Fickle Pickle and All Y'alls Wine & Gourmet Market.

SweetWater Brewery announced the release of Mean Joe Bean, an experimental bean-to-beer brew available starting this week. The Imperial Porter was created in partnership with local coffee shop JavaVino, using their signature blend of Nicaraguan beans. Mean Joe Bean is the latest in SweetWater’s limited-release Dark Tank series.

Chef Kevin Gillespie was named Alumni of the Year at his Alma Mater, The Art Institute of Atlanta. Gillespie, an Atlanta native, graduated from the school in 2003. He was presented with the Alumni award at the Institute's winter graduation ceremony, where Gillespie was also the keynote speaker.

Last week we mentioned that The Glenwood had closed, but was hoping to reopen once they took care of a few licensing issues. We’re glad to share that readers wrote in last weekend to report that The Glenwood is up and running and the beer is flowing.

InDecatur reports that Trackside is just a mere two months from reopening. The Decatur bar burned to the ground two years ago today along with neighboring restaurant The 5th Earl.

Tomorrow’s New Today has the scoop on the Three Dollar Cafe opening in Embry Village in the spot that belonged to The Loop Pizza Grill.

Wendy’s/Arby’s Group is looking into selling off the Arby’s branch of the company. Arby’s has been bringing in big losses and the company feels that it will be more lucrative to focus solely on the Wendy’s brand.

Ron Wolf, founder and former CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association, has launched the Georgia Licensed Beverage Association (GLBA). The group will represent the rights and interests of beverage operators across the state. They will also promote responsible business operations and encourage relations between the business owners and the powerful wine, beer and liquor industry.

Duluth German restaurant Kurt & Vrenny's announced today that they'll be moving. The restaurant will vacate its current location as of this Saturday, and will re-open as Kurt's Bistro at 3305 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in the near future.

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