King + Duke is finally upon us: T-minus 3 days until Ford Fry's new restaurant with a wood-burning hearth opens at 3060 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. The prolific chef and his team - which includes executive chef Joe Schafer and pastry chef Chrysta Poulos - has plucked Paige Lane from Midtown seafood spot Lure to lead the cocktail program.
Henry's, the new Midtown restaurant from Peasant Restaurants owner Maureen Kalmanson, is quickly taking shape. After shuttering Peasant Bistro on April 18, Kalmanson has turned her attention to the high traffic of Midtown, which also houses her Italian eatery Campagnolo. The design of Henry's (132 10th St.), the vision of Jeffrey Bruce Baker, will be highly detailed, with reclaimed barn wood, dark tones, and lots of built-in storage. They've also filed a permit for a multi-level deck that will cantilever around existing trees and shrubs and allow water runoff. The non-smoking American eatery should open by June.
Hola Mexican Cantina will officially open in place of the shuttered Decatur Diner (205 E. Ponce De Leon Ave.) on Monday, May 13. The color-splashed eatery will serve inventive items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including blue corn waffles with tequila syrup and strawberries, aged sirloin Benedict, fried lobster tail tacos, and crispy chicharron and pork carnitas.
Up-and-coming Atlanta bartender Bradford Tolleson, formerly of Pura Vida, recently landed the head bartender position at Restaurant Eugene. While the cocktail menu will continue to be created and critiqued collectively by all bartenders from Eugene and Holeman & Finch under the direction of Greg Best, Tolleson says that moving forward, guests can expect "well-curated, elegant drinks that forgo silly names and change constantly to fit each day perfectly. "
As first reported in January, Yogli Mogli owner Roi Shlomo will open Kale Me Crazy (300 North Highland Ave.) this month in Inman Park. Billed as an "upscale organic juice and smoothie bar," the petite new eatery will offer raw and organic food menu items including organic pastries, chia seed pudding, and acai bowls for dine-in or take-out. The offerings will be dairy and egg-free and completely vegetarian, and gluten-free breakfast pastries will also be available. All power shots, cold-pressed juices, and smoothies use fresh fruits and vegetables that are free of pesticides, non-genetically modified, and locally sourced (when available). And the environs will be eco-friendly, too, incorporating reclaimed materials with a contemporary aesthetic.
Now that Pizzeria Venti has shuttered in Lenox Village, a new restaurant is set to take its place at 2770 Lenox Road. This summer, sommelier Ian Mendelsohn along with his wife, Susan, plan to open Vine & Tap in late-June. Aside from distinguished wine selections and mostly Georgia beers, the upscale spot will serve small plates of locally sourced cuisine, charcuterie, panini, oysters, and more.
1Kept, which we announced in March would be opening in the former Taqueria Tsunami digs in Buckhead, is officially open. The clandestine spot (it's tucked behind Tantra at 2293 Peachtree Road), serves such indulgences as honeycomb-infused whiskey, duck Bolognese, and arctic char fish with pickled melon rind and cashews. Aesthetically, the space is both rustic and plush, featuring vintage typewriters, flat-screen video art, tufted seating, and a special chef's table dining room in the basement.
Texas-based Roots Juices plans to open at Shops Around Lenox within the month. Located between the Buckhead location of Bhojanic and Gill's Alterations, the jewel box of a space will sell fresh-pressed juices - free of added sugars and preservatives - in glass bottles, ringing up at $7-$8 each. Flavors include the like the Go Green, with kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber and lemon, and the Lean & Fit, with grapefruit and mint.
Castellucci Hospitality Group - restaurateurs behind Sugo, Iberian Pig, and Double Zero Napoletana - will soon open a new restaurant on the Westside (at 691 14th Street). The lease has been signed and Iberian Pig's own chef Landon Thompson has been selected to helm the executive post. The yet-to-be-named eatery will have a Basque-inpsired menu with influences of classic French cooking and molecular gastronomy.
Old Fourth Ward mainstay P'Cheen International Bistro & Pub (701-5 Highland Ave.) has undergone significant changes. After closing briefly for renovations on May 5, then re-opening softly on Wednesday night, the eatery debuted a revamped look and creative new menu from executive chef/owner Alex Friedman. Partnering with the Sound Table's Jeff Myers, he debuted numerous small plates ranging from $4 to $12 each - think pork belly nigiri with seaweed salad and wasabi, pan-fried frog legs with Granny Smith apples, and turtle soup with lemon and madeira. Additionally, Atlanta magazine reports that Proof & Provision's Nate Shuman has developed a new moonshine cocktail list. DJs will continue to spin every Thursday through Sunday.
Chef Richard Blais is branching out, opening a new restaurant in San Diego with Atlanta-based Concentrics. Set to open in late 2013 on the outskirts of the city's Little Italy district in an early century warehouse, the restaurant will boast the design vision of Atlanta's The Johnson Studio, responsible for creating standout restaurants from Dallas, to Pasadena, to NYC. Blais will divide his time between ATL and the West Coast.
Tablespoon.com has announced the winners of 2013's The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards. The event, hosted by TV personality Andrew Zimmern, produced three Atlanta winners: Good Eats host Alton Brown for best food TV personality, Empire State South's Hugh Acheson for best chef, and Waffle House for best late-night eats.
Heirloom Market BBQ owners Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee are opening another restaurant this summer. According to Eater Atlanta, the food they will serve will not include barbecue, but cuisine cohesive with current culinary trends.
Atlantan Cynthia Graubart and Charlestonian Nathalie Dupree - former director of the acclaimed Rich's Cooking School in Atlanta - took home a James Beard Award for American Cooking for their book, Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, on Monday in NYC. The duo first collaborated in 1985 on the PBS television series New Southern Cooking, and reconnected in 2008 to produce the book of 750 recipes with 650 variations recognized at the Lincoln Center on May 6.
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