Michaela Graham, founder of the Atlanta Underground Market, has launched Atlanta Underground Foodies (yes, I realize it’s not so underground if we’re reporting on it). The new group will host family-style, chef's choice dinners across the city and other pop-up food events. The first dinners will be at Parish and Lunacy Black Market. Meals are pre-paid (excluding alcohol), and prices vary by restaurant.
Alisa Barry, creator of Bella Cucina, and Donna Toepfer, social entrepreneur, are working together to create a community food center. According to the group’s Facebook page, the goal is to offer a wide variety of opportunities for community engagement including kitchen space for local food businesses, classes for both consumers and businesses, an edible learning garden, and a host of great events. They will hold a launch party for the new center, located in East Point, in late October.
Mood Lounge in Buckhead has been bought, and is in the process of being converted into a cocktail bar. Co-owner Frank Grillo says "We want to become the spot for hand crafted cocktails in Buckhead and I think we have produced a cocktail menu that combines a really innovative take on flavors of the New South along with a selection of wonderful classic cocktails prepared in their authentic style. We've also added a cool gastropub-styled food menu."
Half Baked Casseroles, a new take-out casserole spot, is opening Buckhead. The menu includes appetizers like “Redneck Caviar,” hearty and veggie-friendly casseroles, desserts and kid-approved dishes. And for those who not only don’t want to make their own casserole, but can’t even be bothered to go pick one up? They deliver.
Remember a few weeks back when we reported on the new late night happenings at So Ba? Well, they're up and running now with a special menu on the (heated) patio, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., Mon.-Sat.
Mirko Pasta’s Toco Hill location on North Druid Hills opened for business this week. The casual Italian restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Local catering outfit Joy Delivered has opened Joy Cafe on Pharr Road in Buckhead. The cafe will serve breakfast and lunch, with a menu that includes breakfast dishes, sandwiches and salads perfected over their years of catering gigs.
Tomorrow’s News Today reports that Romeo’s New York Pizza will open in Emory Village. Romeo’s currently has one location in John’s Creek.
Eater Atlanta reports that Udipi Cafe has closed their Decatur location. The spot has been sold and will re-open as a new concept, speculated to be an Indian vegetarian restaurant.
West Egg has a new pastry chef. Chris Marconi, who comes to West Egg from Empire State South and cut her teeth with Concentrics, will lead the expansion of the bakery offerings at the Westside brunch spot.
Local coffee producers Blue Donkey Iced Coffee, who have been selling on the farmer’s market circuit for a while how, will soon be making their shelf-side debut. Their bottled, iced coffe products are expected to be in stores around North Georgia later this month.
The battle over Kirkwood Bar and Grill continues, garnering some local news coverage this week. The bar has been closed for several weeks and the mayor has until October 28 to make a decision to honor or override the License and Review Board’s decision to give the bar a liquor license. Local residents assert that the sport bar has been operating as a night club, failing to observe neighborhood noise regulations and causing safety concerns.
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