Friday, May 18, 2012

Quick Bites: Super Pan closes, the Big Apple Inn opens, and more

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The Optimist
  • Andrew Thomas Lee
  • The Optimist

Ford Fry's new sustainable seafood restaurant, The Optimist, will open Monday, May 21 in West Midtown. Chef Adam Evans, formerly of Craftbar Atlanta and most recently JCT Kitchen & Bar will be helming the kitchen. The adjacent oyster bar, The Oyster Bar at The Optimist, will be a more casual affair, with light bites and an outdoor patio.

A new schnitzel restaurant called Seven Hens is coming to Decatur. Slated to open in mid-June, Seven Hens will serve chicken schnitzel seven ways in the form of a sandwich, wrap, salad, or platter with two sides. The counter service-style restaurant will be located at 2140 North Decatur Plaza.

In case you missed it, Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop closed Tuesday. Owner/chef Hector Santiago attributed the decision to the location's lack of foot traffic. Santiago currently is seeking out a new location and investors to fund a new and improved sandwich shop/bakery.

On the bright side, Decatur's Pinewood Tippling Room opened Tuesday. The restaurant/bar/gastropub offers signature cocktails and interesting eats like Sweet Potato Bombers (phyllo stuffed with sweet potato, créme fraiche, and parmesan), Blackened Shrimp Tamales, and Collard Green Egg Rolls (a throwback to LeRoy's BookHouse days, perhaps?).

Good news for Atlanta booze: A new speakeasy-style spot is in the works. Proof & Provision, located in the Georgian Terrace Hotel, will open early next month. Chef Zeb Stevenson of the Georgian Terrace’s Livingston will also helm the kitchen at the new spot.

More restaurant news after the jump

The Big Apple Inn opened its doors this week. Diners can expect an eclectic mix of tamales, pig ear sandwiches, and ice cream from the Mississippi transplant.

After winning two James Beard awards earlier this moth, we learn that Hugh Acheson has signed a second book deal. This time around, Acheson will focus on seasonal ingredients and produce sourced from local farmers markets and CSAs.

The Library Coffee Co. in Brookhaven will close its doors on May 31. According to the Brookhaven Review, the coffeehouse will be replaced by a new sushi restaurant.

Men's Fitness magazine named Holeman & Finch and the Porter Beer Bar among the 25 Best Bars in America.

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