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Friday, February 11, 2011

Gravy Train: A Farmer's Market for Grant Park, A Baby for Blais

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Monkey Do Art Show
  • Chef Mark Nanna Showcases His Other Talents at Kavarna
Grant Park is getting a Sunday farmer’s market. The market will debut in May and run through November. A location has not been finalized, but the hope is to set up shop near Miledge Fountain. Stay up today on the latest vendor news on their Facebook page.

Muss & Turner’s, celebrating their six year anniversary this month, sent out some information about what’s on tap for the “Sminings” (that’s Smyrna meets Vinings) eatery. They are amping up the menu variety with an expanded deli salad selection, new sandwich options and a dinner menu that will change daily. You can also expect to see some offering that may look familiar from their other outpost, Local Three, including new charcuterie choices, a revamped pastry selection and homemade ice creams.

The Creative Loafing team congratulates Richard Blais on the new addition to his family, baby girl Embry Lotus Blais, born last weekend at Piedmont Hospital. Blais tweeted the good news and has even shared a few family photos.

Another reason for Blais to be proud: FLIP Burger chef Mark Nanna. Nanna’s art - graffiti inspired stencil work - will make it’s public debut on Friday, March 4 at Kavarna in Oakhurst. The opening, entitled “Monkey Do” after his can-do attitude as well as a few “Year of the Monkey”-themed pieces, will include music from locals Nerdkween and R. Wals. The event is free and starts at 8PM. Nanna’s pieces will continue to adorn the walls at Kavarna throughout the month of March.

The Family Dog, the new project from Rosebud chef Ron Eyester (better known as The Angry Chef and Creative Loafing contributor), is projecting an early March opening. The Morningside “watering hole” will feature farm-to-table casual cuisine, craft beers and creative cocktails.

Emeril sighting! Grindhouse Killer Burgers' Alex Brounstein tells us that he came across Lagasse at the Busy Bee yesterday. Lagasse was on site with a film crew, and "said he was doing a show spotlighting 'classic' restaurants that have been around 50+ years."

Speaking of Grindhouse, Brounstein reports that the new location in the former Detail Car Wash on Piedmont Road should be open in about three weeks time, and that it is "it's literally going to be the weirdest (& most fun) restaurant in the city."

Victory Sandwich Bar, a project that’s been in the works since May of last year, is now open in Inman Park on Elizabeth Street across from Savi Urban Market.

Cliff chased down updates earlier this week on the supposed sale of Young Augustine’s in Grant Park and Condesa Coffee in Old Fourth Ward. Both spots report that though they are for sale, they are in no hurry to find a buyer and are looking to keep the current concept in tact if and when a sale occurs.

Marietta Pizza Company, a long time fixture on the Marietta Square, is expanding to West Cobb. The proposed location is off of Due West Road, not far from The Avenue West Cobb. They are asking for community support as they attempt to go through to sometimes tricky liquor licensing process.

Atlanta Magazine’s Covered Dish blog previews the new Cacao Buckhead location. They report that the new location will have more a a cafe feel, serving up coffee and High Road Craft Ice Cream in addition to Cacao’s chocolate creations.

Tomorrow’s News Today reports that Stir Crazy, a concept similar to The Real Chow Baby, will open at TOWN Brookhaven. While Stir Crazy has a set menu (rather than the Chow Baby “build-your-bowl” concept), they feature the familiar circular stone grill where diners can watch their food being prepared.

Anyone else jonesing for patio weather to return? Flemings Prime Steakhouse, located in the Perimeter Mall area, will debut a renovated patio this spring. Opening March 20, the new patio is covered, has more televisions and lounge-style seating.

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