Friday, March 29, 2013

Quick Bites: Paper Plane opens tonight, a new chef at Bacchanalia, updates on Gunshow, and more

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Paper Plane opens tonight
  • Sarah Dodge
  • Paper Plane opens tonight

Bacchanalia has announced a new executive chef: David A. Carson. A seasoned veteran of Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison's acclaimed restaurant, Carson has served as chef de cuisine at Bacchanalia for eight years, and will take over for the freshly departed Daniel Porubiansky in mid-April.

The slightly retro restaurant and bar Paper Plane opens tonight in the space adjacent to Victory Sandwich Bar Decatur (340 Church St.). Check out our interview with co-owner Paul Calvert for details on Paper Plane, which had a highly successful, two-night soft opening earlier this week. Expect dishes like Char Siu Quail with radicchio and endive and smoked chicken with strawberry and fennel, plus cocktails like the Writer's Block featuring Belle Meade bourbon, coffee vermouth, zucca, aperol, and vanilla.

Mother, the Brooklyn-inspired bar on Edgewood Avenue, opened to the public on Thursday. Patrons can expect bites like warm kale over mushroom salad, black-eyed pea hummus with naan and veggies, and pimento cheese crostini. Drinks range from an agave margarita to a dark and stormy.

Gunshow will open mid-April in Glenwood Park, and Atlanta Eats took some time to dispel the myths about Kevin Gillespie's new restaurant with an in-depth Q&A. Click here to hop on over to that interview, where Gillespie describes his new (non-gimmicky) eatery in detail. Contrary to popular reports, it will, in fact, take reservations, have traditional servers, offer old-fashioned menus, and serve beer and wine.

Robert Shaw and Alan Sher, the enterprising dudes from Terminal West, are opening Stationside, a new restaurant right next door to the music venue at King Plow Arts Center. Come summer, they'll offer concertgoers - and the hungry at large - locally sourced cuisine and paired beer dinners, plus gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Muss & Turner's chef Rawle Fraser has founded a new brunch club out of his Reynoldstown home, Yard 54. The Saturday foodie event, which officially begins April 20, will serve six to eight foodies with Southern-style spins: think Mason jars of prosecco and creative menu items like sweet-tea-braised pork cheeks and dressed-up deviled eggs with anchovies. Register here.

Cafe Intermezzo has officially migrated to its new 12th & Midtown locale. The new location at 1065 Peachtree St. opened Monday and retains most of the Old World charm of the original. Enjoy the sweet and savory crepes, the spiked coffees, the case full of cakes ... you're welcome.

After a false start earlier in the week, tonight marks the grand opening of Game-X, a downtown bar and event facility where you can play Pac-Man and air hockey, and get your drink on, too. Legacy Restaurant Partners spent $4 million on the 12,000-square-foot venue at 275 Baker St., so plan on a night that pulls out all the stops.

Joli Kobe Kitchen continues its upswing under the new leadership of chef Mihoko Obunai. Obunai's array of menu changes - as well as a CARE dinner last week with Hector Santiago and others - was just the beginning. Now, she's also brought ramen to the Sandy Springs restaurant.

In case you missed it, chef Lance Gummere, formerly of The Shed at Glenwood, is bringing back his famous $3 slider night at Bantam + Biddy (1544 Piedmont Road). Starting April 1, expect sliders like chicken fried steak with country gravy, fried green tomatoes with goat cheese, fried catfish with lemon aioli, pork schnitzel with pear jam, and house-smoked pork BBQ.

King of Pops' truck is on a roll. The Carse brothers are embracing the warmer days ahead with a moving pop outlet certain to appear all over the city this summer - from schools and office parking lots to event venues and food truck parks.

East Atlanta bar Mary's will ban indoor smoking on weekends starting April 1, ending 15 years of free-for-all puffing. This decision follows similar ones from My Sister's Room and Heretic, and the Eagle may be next.

According to Atlanta message boards, The Local at 758 Ponce De Leon Ave. will go smoke-free, too, starting April 2.

After speculation earlier in the week that HD1 would finally open its long-promised rooftop patio in Poncey-Highland (664 North Highland Ave.), a new report from Eater Atlanta suggests that the gourmet hot dog joint will actually become the next location of FLIP Burger Boutique. An estimated $128,000 will be spent on the haute new dining spot.

Ford Fry's food truck is finally happening this spring. Called the People's Truck, this nonprofit initiative is the latest feather in the prolific restaurateur's cap, and will serve hungry Atlantans in need. Support this collaboration with City of Refuge by donating monetary support here.

Speaking of Ford Fry, the JCT. Kitchen Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival benefiting Georgia Organics, is entering its fifth year on July 21, and tickets are up for grabs. Get yours ($55 starting April 1, $70 after June 30) by clicking here.

The latest phase in chef Ryan Hidinger's Team Hidi initiative is a new program called The Giving Kitchen. Its mission is to aid members of the local restaurant community who are struggling with hardships - medical or otherwise - while also providing a platform for those in the industry to donate to other worthy causes. Educational and scientific programs that connect with the foodie conscience - such as nutritional education and efforts to feed the hungry - are a couple of examples.

On April 1, take advantage of the second annual April Fools restaurant swap, an essentially genius idea wherein Sandy Springs Italian restaurant Double Zero Napoletana (5825 Roswell Road) does a big switch with Decatur Spanish-style mainstay Iberian Pig (121 Sycamore St.). Chefs, managers, mixologists, and servers will swap places and serve their "greatest hits" menus at their temporary new addresses.

A number of exciting new restaurants will open at Lenox Square once its overhauling renovations are complete. The two latest are Zinburger, a casual wine bar and eatery from Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Fox Restaurant Concepts, and True Food Kitchen, a healthful restaurant serving items like chicken salad with sweet potato hash, edamame ravioli, and veggies with fresh taziki.

Historic downtown Hapeville, Ga., will soon have a new hot spot. Volare Bistro, opening April 8 at 603 N. Central Ave., will serve dressed-up but accessible dishes in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. Its owners, the Musetti family, are plating delicacies like Spanish seafood stew, crab-and-artichoke dip, and mango-saffron cheesecake.

Close by on the city outskirts, East Point is also going gourmet with a fleet of new food trucks arriving in May. Opening right next door to the East Point Farmers Market at 2757 East Point St., the new food truck court will serve a variety of street-food lunch options from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every third Saturday through December.

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