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Friday, May 6, 2011

Gravy Train: Cyrille Holota moves from FAB to BLT, possible new restaurant from FAB's owners

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Double Zero Napoletana, the newest concept from Castellucci Hospitality Group (the Iberian Pig, Sugo), has announced an opening date of May 10. The Sandy Springs restaurant describes itself as an upscale southern Italian restaurant featuring the cuisine of the Campania region of Italy as well as traditional Neapolitan pizza. It's also planning to open a cafe — the Café at Double Zero — that will serve breakfast and lunch beginning in June.

Word from BLT Steak is that chef de cuisine Jean-Luc Mongodin will be moving on, to be replaced by Cyrille Holota, who has been working at French American Brasserie since last fall. Rumor has it that Mongodin is heading to London to work for his old mentor Joël Antunes (although we haven't been able to confirm this with Mongodin or Antunes).

Speaking of French American Brasserie, we hear another rumor that it is planning to open a new spot in the Ritz-Carlton Residences at 3630 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. It's the same development where Tomo Buckhead is set to open. When asked for comment, one of FAB's owners said he'd rather "leave it as a rumor for now" and will neither confirm nor deny.

Andrew Thoms has taken the helm as the new chef at Ria Pell’s Sauced in Inman Park. Chef Thoms comes to Sauced most recently from Local Three. Sauced recently launched its spring menu, which includes items like steak and potatoes featuring Benton’s bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin, house-smoked, served with roast crimini mushroom risotto, grilled baby Vidalias, au jus and fish, and grits made with a whole grilled North Georgia trout topped with strawberry pico de gallo over cheddar Red Mule grits.

Chow.com is running a head-to-head chef bracket called “The Innovators,” with the first round beginning this week. Atlanta chefs Joshua Hopkins of Abattoir and Ryan Smith of Empire State South are battling for a shot in Round 2. All chefs are paired against another chef from their city.

Hill Street Tavern, located in the Pencil Factory building, is finally open for business.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is continuing to grow in the Atlanta area, with restaurants planned for East Cobb, Kennesaw and Sandy Springs (at Roswell and Abernathy roads). Dickey’s currently operates locations in Milton, Watkinsville and Peachtree City.

Bill Addison tweets that Cacoa will open its third Atlanta location, this time in Virginia-Highland.

One Eared Stag, taking over the Shaun’s space in Inman Park, gave festival-goers a sneak preview during the Inman Park Festival last weekend, serving up oysters and drinks from the bar.

Matt Hinton of Bell Street Burritos chimed in on an Omnivore post last Friday afternoon to hint that while we can expect a second Bell Street location soon, it won’t be in East Atlanta Village — as it was previously rumored to be.

Aces Bar and Grill in Kirkwood is cleaning up its image, shifting its concept from dive bar to family-friendly gastropub. What Now Atlanta reports that it will close this month, reopening in June with a new look and menu.

A new concept called Kitsch'n 155 will open in a former Decatur Arby’s location. The family-friendly restaurant is said to specialize in made-from-scratch “blue plate special” comfort foods.

Beginning this week, Sprig, located in Oak Grove/Decatur, will be open seven days a week. Previously, Sprig was closed on Monday and Tuesday. The new hours are Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. It is also offering a new 15 Minute Lunch menu, dishes designed to get diners in and out in a flash when you don’t have much time to step away.

Numerous seasonal farmers markets spring back to life this week, including East Lake, Piedmont Park Green Market and East Atlanta Village (in a new location across from Midway). Grant Park, one of the city’s newest markets, will begin May 15.

Construction has begun on STK in Midtown. The property projects that the restaurant will open in late 2011.

Decatur Metro reports that Eat @ Thai has closed and it looks like American Deli will be filling the space.

This past weekend, Rosebud launched its Big Sunday Night special featuring local pasta with Sunday gravy and house-made ricotta for $15, and a bottomless glass of Chianti for $12.

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