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Friday, January 13, 2012

Gravy Train: The Pullman opens, Modern Bar & Grill comes to Buckhead, and Atlanta gets a new 'breastaurant"

The Pullman announced via Facebook that the new neighborhood gastro pub will open for business on Fri., Jan. 13. CL confirmed that Kirkwood locals Dan Wingate and Heidi Shonkwiler have brought on former Radial Café chef Lontinza Clark to helm the kitchen. The menu will focus heavily on sourcing local ingredients and chef Clark’s creative take on comfort food.

John Schaffner of the Buckhead View blog reports that Greenwich, CT restaurateur Xian Hang Xu will open Modern Restaurant & Bar in Feb. Located at 3365 Piedmont Road, Modern will be housed in the space that was previously Copeland’s New Orleans Restaurant. According to Schaffner, “Xian Hang Xu described Modern as serving “contemporary American food” similar to what you might find at Buckhead’s Restaurant Eugene, Bacchanalia and such, but less expensive for the most part.”

Chef Danny Ting has left his post at Golden House in Duluth. Rumor has it that he's left town to strike out on his own, perhaps to open a spot without the need for business partners. first broke the story via Twitter last week. No word yet on where Ting will land or who will replace him at Golden House.

Rolling Reuben's food truck hit the streets Friday, announcing their official launch and schedule of stops via Facebook. According to the Rolling Reuben's website, the truck can be found at Park Bench in Buckhead Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.-3 a.m.

Foodie Buddha reports that StarChefs was in town this week to survey potential candidates for their Rising Star Chef Award. Some of the chefs included in FB's "spoiler" post were Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya, Robert Phalen of One Eared Stag, and Ryan Smith of Empire State South.

According to What Now Atlanta, Belissima nightclub in Amsterdam Walk has closed.

Tomorrow's News Today reports that the Texas-based restaurant chain, Twin Peaks, will be opening their first Atlanta location later this summer at TowerWalk on Piedmont Road. Featuring scantily clad servers and touting the slogan "Eats, Drinks, Scenic Views," Twin Peaks will be the newest addition to the Atlanta "breastaurant" scene since the arrival of The Tilted Kilt.

The AJC reports that in the January edition of Southern Living magazine, Decatur was named among the top ten “tastiest towns” in the South. The magazine also features three Atlanta bakeries in a round-up of best ones in the South and a recipe from Empire State South’s Hugh Acheson.

What Now Atlanta reports via The Avondale Estates Patch that the former James Joyce Irish Pub has changed its name to 'Brewhouse Cafe Avondale.'

In case you missed it, the new project from Bocado owner Brian Lewis, STG Trattoria, will be a pizza and pasta concept and will be located in Buckhead next to the St. Regis hotel. The chef will be Joshua Hopkins, who recently left Abattoir. Additionally, Atlanta Magazine's Bill Addison reported that Adam Waller will be the chef de cuisine at STG after an incredibly brief stint as chef at Escorpion.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Chick-fil-A launched their healthier kids menu this week. According to Chick-fil-A’s website: “Chick-fil-A's Grilled Nuggets, paired with the Fruit Cup and one-percent milk, is one of the most nutritious children’s meal combinations offered among any major fast food chain."

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