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Friday, January 27, 2012

Gravy Train: More Morelli's, Brooklyn-ized bagels

Holeman and Finch
  • James Camp
  • Saturday lunch coming to Holeman and Finch
Morelli’s posted the following cryptic message on Facebook... “Looking at Vinings area to open another location. Atlanta’s best gourmet burger company will open in the same space so you can have burgers and ice cream. Can't say the name just yet but when you think who is the absolute best that’s the one!” They also hinted that they may be collaborating with a local pizza joint. Guesses?

Kirkwood Bar and Grill has been a controversial business for a while now. Local residents have been fighting to shut the bar down, citing safety concerns and code violations. Bar owners countered the claims and accused the Kirkwood community of racial prejudice. East Atlanta Patch was first to report that Mayor Kasim Reed has denied the bar’s liquor license, after months of deliberation from various local boards. A drive-by on Thursday night revealed the restaurant is still up and running.

Bagel purists, rejoice! Tomorrow’s News Today reports that Brooklyn Water Bagel Company is coming to Atlanta! The Florida-based bagel shop promises that their special water treatment system transforms plain old water into magical New York-ified water that will make your bagels extra authentic. The first Atlanta-area location will be on Akers Mill Road, off Cobb Parkway.

Fig Jam Kitchen and Bar opened this week on Peachtree Street in the former Baroni space. The restaurant says they want to allow diners to have a customized dining experience. They do this by having a diverse menu of dishes in all sizes, including: small plates, flat breads, meats and cheeses, plus a few traditional entrees. They've also got a fun cocktail menu (popcorn-infused rum, anyone?) headed up by an Ormsby's alum.

Eater reports that beginning in February, Holeman and Finch will open for Saturday lunch.

Lost Dog Tavern is getting ready to open in Buckhead on Roswell Road next to Red Door. The new watering hole is owned by the experienced bar folk out of Athens who run Boar’s Head and Bar South.

Looking for a great restaurant when you're on-the-go? There’s an app for that. Atlanta magazine launched their new dining app last week, and it’s free.

Little Alley Steak, a “butcher-driven steak house” will be opening in Historic Roswell, reports What Now Atlanta. According to the official press release, the refined and approachable menu will showcase an array of custom-sliced American charcuterie, including housemade pots, meats and cheeses, a selection of fine and butcher’s cut meats, and boutique oysters and shellfish cocktails, as well as regional favorites.

Tin Drum, a fast casual Asian restaurant, is opening a new location at 4367 Roswell Road. They expect to be open in just a few weeks. Currently, Tin Drum has six Atlanta-area restaurants.

Cheeky Taqueria is gearing up to open a new location at The Avenue East Cobb. They’ll serve more than a dozen types of fun tacos, plus they have those tap tables for serving your own beer. The local chain currently has two locations - one in Forsyth and one in Suwanee.

Just in time for the Valentine’s Day rush, Cacao earned a nod from Travel and Leisure as one of the top new sweet shops in the world (the world, people!).

Bad Dog Taqueria also got some mag love this month. Their Mac Daddy Taco (yep, that's a taco stuffed with chorizo mac and cheese) was included in a Southern Living feature about creative spins on the comfort food classic. Before you head to Bad Dog to indulge, know that it's a secret menu item and they only serve up 75 each day.

Props to Whynatte - the local coffee/energy drink hybrid was selected to participate in an exciting program with Austin-based Incubation Station. Incubation Station brings together experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and other smarty-pants to mentor and support high-potential companies during a 12-week boot camp. Whynatte is the only non-Texas company selected for participation.

West Egg welcomes a new general manager, Shelley Sweet. Sweet most recently served as the opening general manager at Empire State South, but she’s no stranger to West Egg - she was the restaurant’s manager eight years back when they first opened.

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