Friday, April 27, 2012

Gravy Train: A Jamaican lounge coming to downtown, cupcakes on the go

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM

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Studio No. 7 is getting ready to open on Marietta Street near the Luckie-Marietta district. It will be a Jamaican restaurant, but the owner is looking to show a more refined side of Jamaican culture. The lounge, bar, and art gallery will have reggae music and a laid back vibe. Studio No. 7 will open in a few weeks.

Ultra Cakery has a new dessert food truck that doles out spiked sweets, and it's one of the newest trucks on the street. Named SugarFoot, the truck serves everything from classic chocolate cupcakes, to more creative, alcohol-infused varieties like rum-soaked banana.

Local juice shop Nectar has also gone mobile, adding a food truck to their ranks. In addition to juices and smoothies, they've got paninis and other healthy eats.

In case you missed it, Fox Brothers BBQ is poised to open their third concept, Rib Joint, which will take over the shuttered Maddy's on Scott Boulevard. Expect a fast-casual dining experience, with "quick service and a relaxed atmosphere."

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Yogli Mogli is continuing to grow rapidly, with plans to open five new Georgia locations this year. Currently, froyo shops are planned for Atlantic Station, Hiram, Sugar Hill, and Town Center Mall.

Parish has named Edward Russell as its new executive chef. Prior to Parish, Russell was the pastry chef at Five & Ten in Athens, working for chef Hugh Acheson, before becoming the executive chef at another notable Athens eatery, Farm 255. Russell also gained notoriety in 2006, founding the Four Courseman Supper Club.

Tomorrow's News Today has the story on Carizma, a new barbecue restaurant coming to West Midtown with a menu of comfort classics. The restaurant and lounge will be occupying a spot that has had quite a bit of turnover, with former tenants including Misto, London Bistro, and the apparently short-lived Flirt Dessert Bar, which opened last fall. This is the third barbecue spot in just a few weeks to announce plans for the area, with Bone Lick and Community Q also planning Westside locations.

Over at the AJC, we hear that a new Italian restaurant called Osteria Mattone will open this summer in Roswell. The neighborhood restaurant is from the team behind the successful Roswell spot Table & Main. Their menu will feature handmade pastas and wood-fired pizzas.

Also on the AJC blog, Harold's Barbecue is closing after 65 years, citing a down economy. They say that lunch was their most popular draw, and these days people just aren't taking the time to go out and enjoy lunch.

The Great American Burger Boutique & Ale, nicknamed G.A.B.B.A., will open soon on Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in the Berkeley Lake neighborhood. The casual restaurant will specialize in seasonally-driven burgers with global flavors.

Atlanta will get it's first Pei Wei Asian Diner, a concept owned by P.F. Chang's, but unfortunately you won't get to taste it unless you take a trip to the fancy new International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson.

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