Friday, July 29, 2011

Gravy Train: Inman Food Park debuts, Tomo Vinings closes

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Tomo
  • James Camp
  • Tomo shutters Vinings restaurant, will open soon in Buckhead
Another food truck park has sprung up, this time taking place on Saturday nights in Inman Park. Trucks will roll in each Saturday night from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the gravel lot across from Inman Perk. The first Inman Food Park - which will include Tex's Tacos, Westside Creamery, Boner's, Fry Guy, Hail Caesar and more - is this Saturday. This is a family and pet-friendly event.

Atlanta Magazine reports on the closing of Tomo’s Vinings location. The move was made so that energies can be focused on the new Buckhead location at the Ritz Carlton Residences. Chef/owner Tomohiro Naito said he made an effort to find enough quality staff members to keep both locations running, but was unable to find the talent he needed.

Richard Blais tweeted this week about house hunting in San Francisco. Is our Top Chef master looking to leave Atlanta in the dust? Seems unlikely on the heels of the news that Blais will be opening a new Midtown restaurant, but perhaps he’s planning on taking the fauxhawk bi-coastal?

Hop City will be hosting the first-ever opportunity to taste Monday Night Brewing’s craft beers. Monday Night Brewing is basically a group of three Atlanta dudes who decided to start their own brewery. Hop City will be selling growlers of Monday Night Brewing’s Eye Patch Ale and Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. These first tastings will be on sale beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 8, until growlers and beer run out.

Thrillist previews OMG Taco, opening today in Little Five Points, which is a bizarre food-truck-meets-restaurant hybrid. From the looks of it, the owner - who used to run a San Diego food truck - wanted the cool-factor of a food truck in a restaurant format so he built a fake truck inside of the building. Hmm. Odd, but we’ll forgive them if the tacos rock. OMG ("Oh MmM GoGi) serves Korean hybrid tacos.

Trackside repoened last weekend in Decatur. If you missed it, check out this 20 minute (for serious) video and photo montage. It’s just like you were there.

Jak’s All In, which took the place of Ace’s in Kirkwood, has closed. Jak’s was a short-lived attempt to transform a dive bar into a family-friendly neighborhood joint. Despite positive reviews from locals, there wasn’t enough support to keep the doors open.

Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg will open on Monday, August 1. The restaurant is run by chef/owner Mark Taft, formerly of Pacci. In a press release about the opening Taft said, “Food is an integral part of the hospitality that is celebrated in the South, and I want Chicken and the Egg to be a place where guests have a sense of belonging, a place that is comfortable, familiar and takes them back to a simpler time. We want to become familiar faces to the West Cobb community, and we want our patrons to feel like family.”

What Now Atlanta reports on a new location of Cameli’s Pizza (you’ve probably seen their branded bus around town). The stand-alone restaurant will fill the empty lot near Tijuana Garage on Moreland, a welcome addition the what is now a concrete wasteland. Management says that they do not plan to close the current Ponce location.

Island (Ilan) Breeze is moving in to East Atlanta Village, taking a spot off of Gresham. The restaurant will serve authentic Caribbean and soul food. The eatery had a previous location downtown on Mitchell Street.

Smashburger will open their second Atlanta location, this time in John’s Creek, on August 10. The restaurants is located at 9775 Medlock Bridge Road. A total of 20 Smashburger locations are planned for Metro Atlanta.

Whole Foods opened their newest Atlanta store, Merchant’s Walk in East Cobb, this week.

Livingston Restaurant brought on Kristina Weems as the new pastry chef. Prior to joining Livingston, Weems worked at H&F Bread Co., Woodfire Grill and Spice. New additions to the dessert menu include items like Goat Cheese Semifreddo with tomato cake, tomato jam and pepper tuile and a Sweet Corn Cake served with blackberries and sweet corn ice cream.

Truffles Cafe across from Lenox Mall has re-branded as Truffles Grill in an effort to attract the dinner crowd. They also rolled out a new summer menu with entrees like Tequila Lime Chicken and Cajun Seasoned Tuna. Truffles is an expansion of the popular South Carolina cafe.

Already reported here on Omnivore this week: Jose Rego is taking over the kitchen at Escorpion, Atlanta may have a hometown contestant on the new season of "Top Chef," and Social Downtown has closed. According to some employees of Social we ran into this week, the restaurant had no business when conventions weren't in town.

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