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Friday, August 5, 2011

Gravy Train: A Chef's Counter at No. 246, the ultimate Atlanta burger

No. 246
  • James Camp
  • Get up close and personal with the No. 246 kitchen.
No. 246 has added their version of a chef’s table - a Chef’s Counter - which will be the only spot in the restaurant available for reservations. There are four seats available between 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. from Tuesday - Sunday. Guests who dine at the chef’s counter can chat with Chef Drew Belline as he prepares their dinner, an impromptu five-course menu priced at $50 per person.

Five Napkin Burger, planning to open on August 15 in the former Nickiemoto's, is running a contest to determine the ultimate Atlanta burger. The winner of the “Build the Atlanta Burger” Challenge gets $1000 in burger bucks, so you can feast on your own creation (that’s not narcissistic, right?). In the press release, Five Napkin says they are the only upscale restaurant devoted to the art of the hamburger, which seems like quite the ambitious claim considering the glut of gourmet burgers we’re seeing these days.

AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery has decided to stop production on their Mozarella Cheese and Creme Fraiche. For the time being, they will focus only on their yogurt products. They hope to someday return to cheese making, and even expand their offerings.

H&F Bottle Shop has been approved for a long-awaited full liquor license and will began stocking spirits within a few weeks.

More news from the H&F Empire, Eater Atlanta reports that H&F Bread Co. will be relocating to the Westside. The larger space will allow them to ramp up their wholesale production and will also house a small walk-up retail counter for us regular folks.

In case you missed the Decatur-double-whammy earlier this week, news broke that Watershed is relocating to an undisclosed location outside of Decatur and we also learned that Rail Kitchen and Bar has closed.

Grace’s Goodness is getting a food truck! According to a report by Patch, Grace raised funds through Kickstarter and was able to get enough support to launch a mobile business. Grace’s Goodness, currently sold at farmer’s markets and other events around town, specializes in snacks, soups, salads, and treats made with local ingredients and served in mason jars.

Permits filed for the new Hankook Taqueria location in Midtown are under the name Midtown Takorea, which makes sense for their fusion taco offerings and is a bit more self-explanatory for new diners.

ParkGrounds, the popular dog-friendly cafe and coffee shop, tweeted that they are working on adding a liquor license so diners can enjoy a mimosa with their brunch.

Grindhouse is selling off their Sweet Auburn Market location in order to focus on their newer, full-service restaurant on Piedmont. The intention is to keep the business running as-is, just under new ownership.

Apache Cafe recently began serving lunch. The menu features “Caribbean & Tex-Mex cuisine with a twist of Southern deliciousness.” Apache opens for lunch Monday - Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., and delivery is also available.

The American Culinary Federation has named Alex Hwang, assistant pastry chef at Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta, the 2011 Pastry Chef of the Year. Hwang competed against four finalists from each ACF region, after first being nominated by colleagues and then winning a regional competition.

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