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Monday, June 24, 2013

Quick Bites: Genki food truck, Mosaic to close, Chick-a-Biddy to open, and more

Genkis new food truck launches this weekend, and will boast a full to-go menu and built-in TV.
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  • Genki's new food truck launches this weekend, and will boast a full to-go menu and built-in TV.

Mosaic (3097 Maple Drive) restaurant will soon close in Buckhead. The American bistro has been grappling with a landlord dispute for nearly two years, and resolutions to buy or sell the property have proved futile. Nevertheless, owner Jody Dean spent $20,000 on renovations to the dining room in 2012 following reassurances that Mosaic would remain intact. But now, an insider tells us that Broadstone Apartments will likely replace Mosaic. No word yet on where Dean will land. So far he does not plan to open another Atlanta restaurant.

Genki Noodles & Sushi launched a new food truck last weekend. The mobile sushi spot comes complete with a big-screen TV so that diners can catch the big game while noshing on Genki's noodles.

The newly opened Saltyard (1820 Peachtree Road) finally has its liquor license. Now, barkeep Mike May is free to whip up concoctions such as the whiskey tango foxtrot - with Jameson whiskey, Meletti amaro, lilet blanc, and sweet vermouth - and the Swift Kick in the Tito - with Tito's vodka, fresh jalapeño, basil, simple syrup, and lime - while patrons can also order a global menu of vinos, craft beers, and ports.

Legacy Restaurant Partners - which includes Atlanta restaurants Game-X, Olmsted, Article 14, STATS, Glenn's Kitchen, Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria, and Der Biergarten - has a new corporate chef. Christopher Blobaum served as corporate chef at Bone's, Blue Ridge Grill, and OK Cafe. Trained in the classic French tradition at the Culinary Institute of America, Blobaum's experience prior to Atlanta includes Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina, the Four Seasons Houston, and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Chef Guy Wong tells us that Miso Izakaya (619 Edgewood Ave.) will end its ramen night specials in mid-July. Instead, Wong will begin offering special Yakitori nights, every first and third Monday, to promote his upcoming TON TON Ramen & Yakitori Bar. TON TON will debut at Krog Street Market in 2014.

The Optimist (914 Howell Mill Road) and Watershed on Peachtree (1820 Peachtree Road) both earned spots on Conde Nast Traveler's Hot Tables 2013 list, cataloging top food critics' picks for the world's 70 best new restaurants. The AJC's John Kessler made the official picks for the American South, which also included the Ordinary in Charleston.

Though it was first speculated that Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams would be opening an outpost at Ponce City Market, the treat shop will actually debut at 1198 Howell Mill Road, right next to Star Provisions at the Westside Provisions District late this summer.

According to Eater, celebrity chef Todd English (a four-time James Beard Award winner and host of "Food Trip With Todd English" on PBS), plans to open one of his signature Todd English P.U.B.s in ATL within the next six months. The concept, which already has locations in Las Vegas and Birmingham, Ala., will be expanding with a few new outposts per year.

Roswell's Salt Factory Pub will open a second location in downtown Alpharetta by mid-July at 102 South Main St. This marks the fourth food venture from restaurateurs Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac, of F&H Food Trading Group, along with culinary director Bob McDonough.

A new small plates restaurant, Five40 Kitchen & Social House opened last week at 840 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy. in Kennesaw. The tapas spot is the brainchild of chef/owner Bhavesh Patel, who previously worked as chef de cuisine at Spice Market Atlanta and as executive chef at the High Museum of Art's Table 1280.

Hop Alley Brew Pub (25 South Main St.) has opened in Alpharetta. The new neighborhood drinkery features a dog-friendly patio, craft beers brewed on the premises, house-infused spirits, and locally sourced cuisine.

Joining the long list of new Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport restaurants, Grindhouse Killer Burgers just opened an outpost in Concourse D. Already enjoyed at Sweet Auburn Curb Market and a location on Piedmont Avenue in Midtown, the top-quality burgers and spiked shakes should make for perfect pre-flight food.

Chick-a-Biddy, opening July 1 at Atlantic Station (264 19th St.), has announced its menu. Eater Atlanta has posted the full graphic, but Chick-A-Biddy's Facebook page also offers some scrumptious details. We're especially interested in the "Ity Biddies," which include a sesame flatbread with wood-grilled veggies and hummus, crispy green Tabasco wings with local buttermilk dip, or plantain chips with sun-dried tomato dip.

Following mega success in NYC and Durham, N.C., Counter Culture Coffee is bringing its Brew Basics Lab to the Counter Culture training center at King Plow Arts Center (887 West Marietta St.). The ($75) two-hour workshop on July 20 will teach even regular Joes the art of grinding and brewing in the optimal manner.

F&B Atlanta (3630 Peachtree Road) has a new summer menu. Executive chef Christopher McCord whipped up several new French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes designed to be light and refreshing while incorporating local produce.

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