Monday, March 18, 2013

Quick Bites: MOTHER to open on Edgewood Ave., Kitsch'n 155 shutters, and more

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New, Williamsburg-inspired gastropub MOTHER should open within the week in the Old Fourth Ward.
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  • New, Williamsburg-inspired gastropub MOTHER should open within the week in the Old Fourth Ward.

Beep Beep Gallery's Mark Basehore and James McConnell have joined forces with two Brooklynites to open MOTHER, a new gastropub at 447 Edgewood Ave. Working with artist Matt Relkin and The Woods restaurateur Jason Radich, Basehore and McConnell have transformed a 130-year-old brownstone down the street from Sister Louisa's Church into a spacious bar and restaurant complete with patio seating. The buildout is nearly complete, and should be polished up in time for an opening some time this week.

King of Pops is planning to set up shop on the Atlanta Beltline. The Carse brothers' brick-and-mortar pop shop is currently under construction, but making hasty headway.

Meanwhile, Yumbii owner Carson Young is also eyeing Beltline real estate. Young hopes to eventually open a shipping-container café along the Beltline, and says the off-the-beaten-path location is ideal for the humble outpost. For now, Young has his sights set on 10th & Peachtree, and has released these enticing renderings of the future restaurant where Yumbii will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Carver's Country Kitchen will not close at the end of the month, as previously reported. Owner Sharon Carver plans to resurrect her Southern meat-and-two one block from Carver's current location in October.

Kitsch'n 155 closed its doors for good on March 9, citing an offer for the owner to work at another family business as the cause.

Perla Taqueria plans to open a sister restaurant, Cous Cous, at 560 Dutch Valley Road. We're expecting a more casual ambience than its predecessors, Allegro and Amuse!, plus savory Mediterranean cuisine geared toward the lunch crowd.

Pastry chef Chrysta Poulos has departed Woodfire Grill to join Ford Fry's forthcoming King + Duke, which is slated to open this spring in Buckhead. Meanwhile, Chicken and the Egg's Karie Brown will assume Poulos' previous role, working in tandem with Abattoir alum and recently appointed executive chef Tyler Williams.

Chef Fuyuhiko Ito, of former MF Sushi fame, is breaking ground on his own Buckhead concept, Umi, Atlanta magazine reports. Ito will prepare top-shelf sushi for those who mourned the loss of his former post, including the famous omakase "chef's choice" dinners. The St. Regis-adjacent space is getting modern interiors at the hands of local firm Goodrowe | Hobby, and Ito's wife, Lisa Matsuoka Ito, will serve as pastry chef.

In case you missed it, Mezcalito's Grant Park location opened for business last month at 308 Oakland Avenue, and CL's Cliff Bostock checked it out just last week. The new cocina & tequila bar, based on Acapulco recipes, takes advantage of the industrial allure of a curvy, converted Grant Park storage building, serving up margaritas, fish flautas, tortas Milanese and ample Dia de los Muertos imagery.

Taka owner and chef Taka Moriuchi announced earlier this month that he's writing a book, which he plans to release in e-format this spring. It will address exemplary Japanese fishes and his unique sushi techniques. A hard copy should hit the presses this fall.

Game-X Lounge & Bar is set to open later this month at 275 Baker Street in a space overlooking Centennial Olympic Park. They've spent $4 million to create the high-energy bar and restaurant, which will offer fast-casual cuisine, cocktails, and 60+ arcade game options, from air hockey to Temple Run. Tickets earned from game play can be redeemed for ritzy rewards like electronics, mountain bikes or hotel stays.

It's official: Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar will depart Brookwood Hills for posher points South, moving to the 12th & Midtown development this fall. The modern American restaurant had floundered in its space next to Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft, and is likely to fare better along the increasingly pedestrian-friendly Midtown Mile.

Filing the vacancy left by MF Buckhead is contemporary Florida-based sushi chain Amura, news we first reported in June. Amura means "village of love" in Japanese, and the restaurant happens to have a 98 percent rating on Zagat, thanks to its "high-definition" sushi. It should open in late March.

Shuttered Brookhaven restaurant Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill (804 Town Blvd.) will be replaced by SMASH Kitchen & Bar this summer. The new concept from Here to Serve Restaurants' Tom Catherall marks the 11th in the chef and restaurateur's Atlanta lineup (if you count in-house bakery Crust), and will serve "classic American chophouse food" - like steaks, seafood, salads, pizza and a signature "smash-potato" - in a modern setting.

F&H Food Trading Group restaurateurs Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac (of INC Street Food and Salt Factory Pub fame) are opening their third Roswell restaurant, Opulent, at 948 Canton Street in April. The market-driven menu will include globally inspired dishes such as blistered Shishito peppers with Alderwood smoked salt, creamless mushroom soup with truffled croutons, and beef cheek pastrami & rye with fennel pollen. The interiors will reference Roaring Twenties speakeasy style, with leather banquettes, antique mirrors, and diamond-shaped tiles.

Three Atlanta chefs have received impressive nods from Food & Wine magazine, which has briefly profiled Asha Gomez, Guy Wong and Steven Satterfield as contenders for the publication's "The People's Best New Chef Southeast" designation. Click here to vote for your favorite local culinarian.

Another Atlanta heavyweight chef, Kevin Rathbun, has hired new talent Natalie Grindstaff, who joins his Kevin Rathbun Steak as assistant general manager. UGA grad Grindstaff's professional CV includes a stint as senior sommelier at Mario Batali's Babbo.

Several metro-area artisanal foods made the finals for the fifth-annual Flavor of Georgia competition, held March 11-12 at the Georgia Freight Depot, including Flavors of the South Chocolate-Covered Caramels by M Chocolat in Alpharetta, Tuscano Marinated Feta by The Capra Gia Cheese Co. in Carrollton, and Hotlanta Honey - Honey With a Sting! barbecue sauce by Atlanta Bee Company in Atlanta. The big winner, Atlanta's Chocolate South, received a plaque presented by Gov. Nathan Deal, and had their Peach Tea Bonbons stamped with the Flavor of Georgia logo to commemorate their culinary excellence.

South Buckhead's Taqueria Tsunami will soon be replaced by modern American eatery 1Kept, Buckhead Patch reports. Beer and liquor licenses are expected to go through within the week. Details as they arise.

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open its fourth metro-area location on April 8 in Dunwoody. Atlanta is the largest franchisee of the Louisiana-based breakfast spot, and three charity fundraising events will fete the opening of the new locale during the preceding weeks.

Dunwoody is getting its own Grecian Gyro, Eater Atlanta reports. The fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant will open its fifth location on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in May. The concept is launching new locations at a fast clip: The fourth locale opened in Johns Creek in August, and armed with its secret sauce recipe, the Koulouris family intends to open several more around the state.


March 20: TWO Urban Licks' sixth annual, multicourse Rock N' Roll wine dinner starts at 6 p.m., for $130 per person.

March 20: Enjoy the final day of Max Lager's Wood-fired Grill & Brewery's 15th anniversary celebration with special beer prices and circa-1998 eats.

March 21: Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse is offering a four-course, prix-fixe Belgian beer dinner, $65 per person.

March 21: La Grotta Ristorante Italiano welcomes winemaker Antonio Sasa for a five-course pairing dinner, $79 per person.

March 21: Southern Art & Bourbon Bar at the InterContinental Hotel launches a new after-hours tradition, Smokin' Blues, turning the patio into a cigar bar and blues lounge from 6 to 9 p.m.

March 22: A pop-up dinner from Christian Favalli and Kristy Jones-Favalli's forthcoming Brookwood Hills restaurant, Salt Yard, will be held at 7 p.m. at Huff Harrington Fine Art for $70 per person. Call 404-382-8088 or email to reserve your spot.

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