Friday, August 19, 2011

Gravy Train: Changes at Sound Table, new shops for chocolate lovers

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 2:42 PM


Brendan Keenan has left his post as chef de cuisine at Sound Table. Replacing him is Joey Zelinka, who has worked in a number of Atlanta kitchens including Rathbuns. We got a glimpse at the brand new menu, which is way more succinct than previous Sound Table menus with 19 items, mainly small plates. A sample dish: Roasted peach salad with pineapple, arugula, pickles shallots, evoo [sic], and fine herbs.

Sugar Coated Radical will open in their new location on September 1. Chocolate lovers don’t have to look far, it’s just a few minutes from the current shop. Find them at 108 Howell Street in Old Fourth Ward.

In other chocolate news, Cacao’s new Virginia Highland boutique opens tomorrow.

Naticakes Sweet Shop, a yogurt shop and bakery with an inspirational origin, is opening a location on Lavista in the former Java Blues. Ten percent of the company’s profits go to fund a non-profit for children, so you can feel great about chowing down on cupcakes like Boston Cream Pie, Pumpkin Spice and Cotton Candy. This is Naticakes' first Georgia location.

Atlantic Station released a "Six Month Progress Report" detailing the changes they have made in response to locals demanding a better experience. They announced the closing of Dolce Enoteca, to be replaced with Yard House, a California bar and grill with an upscale beer selection. Though replacing one California chain concept with another isn’t exactly living up to the local focus Atlantic Station execs promised a few months back, they did say some locally-driven restaurants are in the works. Speaking of California chains, they are also bringing in Pinkberry, voted by social media followers as the best fro-yo spot. Oh, yeah, and um...Creative Loafing is moving there too.

The AJC has details on the Art Smith concept - Southern Art and Bourbon Bar - coming to the Intercontinental Buckhead. Apparently the menu will be Southern with a twist, the interior will have a “Sea Island Beach House” look and the kitchen will be headed by Daryl Shular. They plan to open in late September.

Cakes and Ale is now open in their new, larger location on Decatur Square.

Atlanta Magazine reports that Bacchanalia has announced that they are adding a fifth course to their tasting menu. Luckily, they’re keeping the price the same at $85. Chef and owner Anne Quatrano said they made the change to remain competitive and secure their spot as the best of the best in Atlanta’s restaurant market. Expect the dishes to be slightly smaller and more elegant.

Eater reports that the Bocado crew will be opening a second restaurant in Buckhead but the concept will be a new one.

Three Atlanta food trucks - Yumbii, The Pickle and Ibiza Bites - are nominated to take part in the next season of "The Great Food Truck Race" on Food Network. Vote for your favorite truck to help them make it on to the show. Haven’t heard of Ibiza Bites? Neither had I. They aren’t even on the streets yet, but looks like they should be soon.

The Pickle was named a top “Mouth Watering Food Truck” in a national list put together by Maxim Magazine. Everyone reads Maxim for the food news, right?

Sun in My Belly launched a new Thursday night Supperclub this week. Each week they will offer a different $45 four-course meal, and it’s BYOB with a $5 corkage fee.

Fifth Group’s latest spot, Alma Cocina, has been busy posting photos of their potential menu items, still in the testing phase, on Facebook.

Thrillist reports that Indigo Bar, a new Edgewood Avenue rooftop bar, is set to open this weekend.

Also on Thrillist, Chef Gerstenecker at Park 75 is running a Wednesday burger special. Limited to 16 diners who get up close and personal kitchen access, you don’t know what type of tricked out burger you’ll be enjoying for lunch until you get there. There are gourmet burgers like quail egg-topped "Buford Hwy Duck," plus sides and milkshakes too.

Bad Dog Taqueria has a new “secret” taco (you know, the type of secret you email press about). The taco, which isn’t on the menu, is called the Mac Daddy and it is a tomato corn tortilla stuffed with mac and cheese - specifically tortiglioni with tilamook cheddar, gruyere and monterrey jack, with fresh chorizo, topped with Holeman + Finch breadcrumbs, caramelized shallots and fried sage crumbles. Only 75 of these secret tacos are available each day, and it’s larger than their traditional tacos. Um, eew? Yum? You tell us...

Pacific Rim Bistro, located at Suntrust Plaza, unveiled their renovated space earlier this week, a total design overhaul that now focuses on an “oceanic” vibe with a larger dining area, a redesigned sushi bar and more modern furniture.

If you tried to stop by Tavern 99 this week and found it closed, don’t fret. They did have a small fire last Friday, but as of this Thursday they are up and running again.

Chuck’s Famous will opening September 1 in Tech Square. The sandwich shop slow roasts their own meats in house.

Mississippi-based Cathead Vodka launched in Georgia this week. The name is a reference to the blues musicians the region. Random fun fact: the corn-based, artisan vodka is the first legally distilled spirit in Mississippi.

IBIZA Crepes and Grill in Marietta has closed. On their Facebook page, they told fans they hope to reopen in a new location.

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