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Friday, December 30, 2011

Gravy Train: The Porter, Sound Table expand

The Porter
Local food guru @RestaurantsATL tweeted that The Porter in Little Five Points is expanding - doubling their bar space and adding more tables.

The Sound Table has officially gobbled up the space next door to the restaurant, dubbing it Space2. The new area will serve as an additional facility for music, dancing and general mayhem.

Latest word from The Spence, Richard Blais’ new Midtown restaurant, is that the opening will be this spring. The Spence was originally expected to open in February 2012.

Varasano’s has a little problem on their hands. The AJC reports that a former employee has filed a harassment suit, claiming he was fired because he’s not a “hot chick.” Bartender Tony Clark says that consultant Brett Holtzclaw - who also works with the Howell Mill Food Park - encouraged Varasano’s to use hotties to get more customers in the door. Owner Jeffrey Varasano told the AJC that the allegations are untrue and have, in fact, already been investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - who dismissed the case as having insufficient evidence of a violation.
UPDATE: Brett Holtzclaw sent over some additional information on the Varasano's case, as reported by 11Alive earlier this morning. Varasano shared emails with 11Alive that pointed to a history of issues with Clark's work ethic.

The Shops Around Lenox, which has been undergoing a massive (and much needed) redevelopment in the past year or so, is planning to add three new restaurants. According to the developer, they are recruiting local chefs for serious ventures - no chains for this outdoor mall! More word on this developing project is expected in the next month.

Alpharetta Irish pub Olde Blind Dog is opening a second location, coming ITP to TOWN Brookhaven. They serve a full menu of bar food, including American favorites like Tabasco Fried Pickles and Irish classics like Corned Beef and Cabbage. Construction started just before the holidays and the pub hopes to open in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Also in TOWN Brookhaven, Bua Thai opened earlier this month. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, offering both thai dishes and sushi.

Eater reports that they have heard Lindbergh City Center is shunning food trucks due to complaints from the brick-and-mortar restaurants in the area.

According to Patch, Great Food Group - which owns Vinings Fish Company, Social and Paul’s - will open their newest venture, Dos Amigos, very soon. The upscale Mexican restaurant is located on Spring Road in Smyrna. They opening was originally planned for December 1, and it sounds like they will be up and running in the next few weeks.

No shocker here, "Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible" was included on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine list of the top five unhealthiest cookbooks. Basically, wait until after you’ve given up on your New Year’s resolutions to whip up Paula’s faves. That should be in about two weeks, right?

North Carolina-based Andy’s Burgers, Shakes and Fries has opened up a franchise program and is targeting Georgia as part of their expansion efforts. Andy’s expects to open 10 - 15 new locations throughout the Southeast in the near future.

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