Friday, March 23, 2012

Gravy Train: New food trucks, a tippling room in Decatur

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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This week, Concentrics announced a partnership with FLIP Burger Boutique. From here on out, they’ll have a hand in all operations, development, and marketing for the burger restaurants. Richard Blais will remain Creative Director. Concentrics is also working with Blais on his new restaurant, The Spence, which opens this spring.

Decatur Metro reports that The Pinewood will open in the former Cakes and Ale location. So far, all we know is that they will serve regionally inspired cocktails and food, they seem to be Outkast fans (their first tweet read “Decatur, lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor!”), and the full name will be The Pinewood Tippling Room. For those not in the know, a tipple is a drink or, if used as a verb, it means to drink alcohol. In other words, plan to booze it up at The Pinewood.

They haven’t hit the streets yet, but before too long you can expect to see a new food truck called Sandwich Buddha rollin’ through town. They’ll be serving soup and sandwiches. The truck is ready to go, complete with a smiling Buddha, and they are just waiting on final permits.

Another new food truck, Mighty Meatballs, is also getting ready to take to the streets. Inspired by their grandma’s recipe, Mighty Meatballs is two brothers slingin’ meatball sliders in both traditional and creative flavors.

West Midtown Corner Tavern has a new menu, and fancy-pants burgers are in the spotlight. Starting Monday, 10 new burgers will hit the menu - including one that’s deep fried in a PBR batter and topped with pimento cheese and gravy. Holy heart attack.

In other burger news, Smashburger has introduced a new, limited-edition burger at all five Atlanta locations. The Fresh Mex burger (also available as a chicken sandwich) is topped with avocado, cilantro, onions, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and spicy chipotle mayo on a Mexican roll, served with a wedge of lime. The Fresh Mex is available through April 29.

According to The AJC, Kevin Gillespie has stepped down as an owner at Woodfire Grill, but plans to remain heavily involved with the restaurant. Gillespie will be using his extra time to prepare for the release of his cookbooks, the first of which comes out this fall.

"Adult Children of Divorce," or "A.C.O.D.," has been all over ATLwood shooting. Decatur’s No. 246 will actually close down from March 25 - 30 for filming. Scenes were also filmed at the Japanese Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, which was converted into a tea room. The cast includes Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba, Adam Scott, and Jane Lynch.

Mae’s Bakery is coming this spring to Lenox Village Shopping Center. The center is currently home to Roasters, Sushi Kiku, and Pizzeria Venti. A Yogli Mogli is also expected to open soon.

Double Zero Napoletana and The Iberian Pig are swapping restaurants for April Fool’s Day. Each restaurant will offer its regular menu, plus a special selection of “greatest hits” from the other spot. The special menu will include both food and drinks. For an extra authentic experience, the wait staff will also be switching places.

Thrillist heads way OTP to a new gastropub in Griffin called The Eagle and Lion. Located in an old Coke bottling plant near Atlanta Motor Speedway, they are one of only three pubs in the United States brewing cask-conditioned, unpasteurized "real" ale.

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