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Friday, September 30, 2011

Gravy Train: Flirt Dessert Bar opens, James Joyce Pub gets revamped

Flirt Dessert Bar
A new dessert bar called Flirt is opening tonight. Located on Howell Mill, Flirt is the latest project from Chef Sammy Davis. Chef Davis has appeared on Chopped twice and locally he’s known for his restaurant Milk and Honey, which was located in West Midtown before West Midtown was hip. If you’re interested in reading about the downfall of Milk and Honey, Davis tells the whole story on his blog - dedicating more than a dozen posts to the subject. Now, Davis returns to Atlanta with Flirt, which is being billed as a “trendy, upscale dessert bar and lounge” and looks to have taken over the London Bistro location.

Atlanta’s second Yogurtland will open this October, located in The Forum at Norcross. Another location is coming to Peachtree City in December. Local owner Rick Evans plans to open a total of 5 - 7 Atlanta area shops in the next two years. Yogurtland is a self-serve yogurt shop with 16 flavors and loads of toppings.

Patch reports that Decatur’s James Joyce Pub will re-open as The Hail Mary, a family friendly sports bar. The restaurant will begin operating as the new concept next week. The Hail Mary is modeled after a spot of the same name in Grayson, GA. Fun fact: the owner of James Joyce also owns Brewhouse in Little Five Points, and it sounds like The Hail Mary will be a bit more like that. If successful, they plan to eventually franchise The Hail Mary brand.

Ray’s on the River has promoted Chef Josh Warner to the role of executive chef. Warner has been the executive sous chef at the Sandy Springs restaurant for the past seven years.

Thrillist checks in on Carbonara Trattoria, a new Italian spot in Dunwoody. The spot, formerly a Chinese restaurant, has been overhauled to evoke the feel of old Italy. The traditional environment is paired with classic, hearty pasta dishes. The restaurant also features state-of-the-art WineStation dispensers that keep open wine fresh for up to 60 days.

A new wine, dessert and martini bar called Wink is opening in Woodstock sometime in October. The restaurant will also serve tapas (think cheese, cured meats and snacky items like rosemary popcorn). Wink’s owners are hoping to bring a taste of Midtown to the ‘burbs. Though it’s not even open yet, Wink already has more than 700 Facebook fans, proving the folks out in Woodstock are pretty excited about the new addition.

Eater Atlanta reports that the rooftop bar, SkyLounge, at The Glenn Hotel re-opened this week.

Tomorrow’s News Today reports on Ringside, a new hot dog stand that’s taken over the shuttered Three on the Tree at Roswell and Wieuca. Yep, looks like hot dogs are the new burgers (or cupcakes, or froyo...) with wiener shops popping up all over the place. According to TNT, Ringside will serve locally sourced hot dogs, chicken sausage and bratwurst.

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