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Friday, February 3, 2012

Gravy Train: MF Buckhead bites the dust, Waffle House retiring the T-bone

MF Buckhead
First reported by the AJC, MF Buckhead closed last night after dinner service. A few weeks back, they fought rumors of closing, saying that they were just renegotiating their lease. Story now seems to be that they couldn’t come to an agreement with the landlord at Terminus Atlanta. They’re planning to open a smaller restaurant with new business partners soon (or so they say, for now).

Also on the AJC blog, Nick Melvin has left Rosebud to open his own restaurant. He confirmed this is his plan, but was unable to offer any additional details just yet.

Another casualty in Buckhead, What Now Atlanta breaks the news that Morton’s The Steakhouse closed their Peachtree Road location earlier this week. The downtown Morton’s will remain open.

Waffle House is retiring its classic T-bone steak. For reals, they are the leading server of T-bones in the United States! It has been on their menu for 40 years, and they’ll keep it that way until the end of 2012. Another fun fact? The T-bone tradition is a local one. An Avondale Estates “Grill Man" ran out of steak one night and ran to the grocery store to restock. He served up T-bones and they have been on the menu ever since.

In case you missed it, the Atlanta food-o-sphere had a collective freak out when Kevin Rathbun announced he’s opening a new restaurant. KR SteakBar will debut at the end of the summer in the ADAC West building in Peachtree Hills.

Another big story earlier this week - Sublime Doughnuts announced they are opening up a new location in Bangkok. Sublime owner Kamal Grant explained doughnuts are wildly popular in Thailand, and he was contacted by an entrepreneur there who wanted to bring a true gourmet American doughnut to Bangkok. The Atlanta Sublime will remain open and Grant will continue to lead the team here.

American Roadhouse will open a second Atlanta location, this time in the Pencil Factory Flats & Shops on Decatur Street near Georgia State University. The newly developed shopping center already has a few restaurants, including Caramba Cafe and Hill Street Tavern. American Roadhouse is open for breakfast and lunch.

Local brewery Wild Heaven has introduced a new sessionable beer called Let There Be Light. In the official announcement, Wild Heaven’s Nick Purdy said “Wild Heaven is always about flavor first and we noticed that people assume you can only get big flavors from big beers. We challenged ourselves to create a beer that's really interesting, complex and flavorful, but would fit those occasions that a more sessionable beer fits the bill.” Let There Be Light will be available beginning this week at local Taco Mac locations.

Thrillist reports that Marietta has its very own growler shop. Moondog Growlers serves up 30 (yes, 30!) craft beers on tap. The shop is located at 688 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta.

Livingston has added barrel-aged cocktails to the menu. Two classic cocktails, the Manhattan and the Negroni, are aged for five to seven weeks in whiskey barrels and taste-tested weekly. Barrel-aging takes away the bite of the drink and allows for a more harmonized flavor to shine through. “Barrel aging is our way of updating the classics, while still respecting the original flavor profiles,” said head mixologist Rob Breen.

Gyro King, which currently has three locations around metro Atlanta, is opening a new location in Tech Square. Their menu has traditional salads, pita wraps, and other typical Greek stuff, plus a few burgers.

Keegan’s Public House, which currently has one location in Kennesaw, is opening a second location. The new pub will be in East Cobb on Shallowford Road, taking the place of O'Shaughnessy's.

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