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Monday, October 22, 2012

Quick Bites: N.C. trades Chai Pani, Bantam & Biddy exclusive chicken, and more

Cliff Bostock visits Fuoco di Napoli in May, 2012.

Fuoco di Napoli has closed its Buckhead location and, according to the owners, “will be expanding its offering of authentic Neapolitan pizza to retail locations very shortly.”

Get ready to turn back the clock. Gatsby’s is taking over the former 3-Legged Cowboy space in Midtown, bringing the Roaring Twenties back to the ATL with a themed nightclub and dessert lounge set to open Nov. 1.

North Carolina-based eatery Chai Pani just signed a lease for the old Watershed space on West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur, completing the figurative restaurant barter that transplanted Farm Burger to Asheville around the same time. Chai Pani, known for its Indian street food dining, is set to break ground on its Atlanta location sometime next month with the hopes of opening shop in early 2013.

Lorena Garcia Tapas is set to open at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport at the end of the month. The venture marks the chef’s second soiree in airport dining, joining LorenaGARCIA Cocina in Miami.

Chicken joint Bantam & Biddy is set to open Monday, Oct. 29, but those too eager to wait can still grab a ticket to preview dinner happening Sunday night, Oct. 28. The Scoutmob deal offers “the full experience” from chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, including cocktails, live music, chicken with “a delicious makeover,” and pie. That’s right, PIE!

After less than a year in the space, Norcross-based Saigon Café axed its south Buckhead location in the same lot that saw Mama Fu’s flagship location shutter a few years ago.

Legacy Restaurant Partners picked up a new executive chef to oversee three of its downtown restaurants. Matt McCormick will man the delicious helms of Der Biergarten, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, and STATS.

Bocado announced the departure of chef Todd Ginsberg, confirming rumors that the former kitchen head had plans to open a Jewish deli with West Egg owners Ben and Jennifer Johnson. The new venture, General Muir, is set to open in Emory Point by the end of the year.

A tavern, Hudson North, has taken over the former space of The Grape in Atlantic Station with a focus on locally-sourced menu options and craft beer.

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