Friday, February 25, 2011

Gravy Train: Seed Kitchen and Bar, Ullio tries Midtown again

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Café Jonah and the Magical Attic
  • Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic
Doug Turbush, formerly of Bluepointe, will be opening his own restaurant, Seed Kitchen and Bar, in East Cobb’s Merchant’s Walk shopping center. “The cuisine is modern American. The menu will be very approachable, reflect local ingredients and inspirations from my life, my experience and travels in America, Asia, Europe, and Mexico,” Turbush said of his new venture. “I have lived in East Cobb for ten years, it has some of the best demographics for opening a business in metro Atlanta, [the area] is filled with great people.” Over the past year, the Merchant’s Walk center has undergone major renovations and added several new tenants including Marlow's Tavern, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Pinkberry, Mirko Pasta and Whole Foods (coming soon).

What Now Atlanta reported earlier this week that Riccardo Ullio is planning to open El Escorpion in the former Eno space in Midtown.

Midtown’s BAKESHOP recently began hosting BYOB dinners in partnership with local caterer The Hungry Peach. The set three-course menu, which changes weekly, is served at communal tables. Pony up $40 for your seat.

Café Jonah and the Magical Attic, the new spot from Souper Jenny we told you about a few weeks ago, is now open for business just down the street from the original Souper Jenny location. The spot, a converted house, used to be Full Cup Bakery.

Earlier this week we broke news that Holy Taco’s Robert Phalen will take over the vacated Shaun’s space, Fifth Group will open a new Mexican spot Downtown and Ansley Mall will become your newest chain restaurant destination.

A new “Southern tavern” concept called Table and Main is under development for a summer opening in Historic Roswell. The space, which is being gutted and transformed into a neighborhood gathering spot, previously housed Mulberry Antique Store.

Vinings Fish Co., which is taking over the Burger Club space in Vinings Jubilee, is scheduled to open this weekend. The space remains under ownership of The Great Food Group, founded by Chef Paul Albrecht of Pano’s and Paul’s.

Chow Down Atlanta takes a tour of Huy’s Sandwich, a newly opened source for bahn mi in Norcross that claims to be the biggest Atlanta shop of its kind.

DecaturMetro has a few updates from that side of town. Pure Knead, a bakery specializing in gluten-free breads, will open a retail location near the Dekalb Farmer’s Market. Also, Erbert & Gerbert’s, a sandwich chain out of the Midwest, will open on East Ponce. This will be their first location in the South.

Trying to decide which CSA to join? We stumbled upon this sweet interactive map from Rationally Creative. Just enter your address and how far you’re willing to travel to pick up your produce for instant results in your area.

The AJC Business Section has a write-up on Atlanta Hartsfield’s plans to refresh food offerings throughout the airport. Their goal is to infuse the concession options with a more gourmet and local feel.

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