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Monday, July 29, 2013

Quick Bites: Sugar-Coated Radical update, Timone's opens, and more

  • One Flew South photo by James Camp, courtesy of Green Olive Media

In case you missed it, chef Ron Eyester opened Timone's, his laid-back Morningside pizza joint, last week at 1409 North Highland Ave. The family-friendly, 105-seat eatery offers an array of both basic and gourmet pies, in addition to comfort food appetizers and entrees inspired by Eyester's New York childhood and Italian culinary heritage.

According to Eater, Eyester's next restaurant, Diner, will incorporate 1950s memorabilia with jukeboxes and stainless steel touches, and serve across-the-board menu items like a corned-beef Reuben and possibly build-your-own omelets. Diner will also have a designated coffee-and-dessert corner and a soda arm for house-made beverages. The breakfast-to-late-night concept is set to open in Atlantic Station in February 2014.

Jenny Levison, proprietor of Buckhead institutions Souper Jenny and Cafe Jonah & the Magical Attic, has announced plans to open a juice bar a stone's throw away at 56 East Andrews Drive this fall. Dubbed Juicy Jenny Community Juice Bar + Superfood Emporium, the healthful concept will offer a signature line of six cold-pressed juices, as well as smoothies, homemade protein bars, snacks, breakfast items, and a variety of dips. Additionally, Levison will soon open the second location of Souper Jenny in Decatur.

As he readies to reopen his eponymous Inman Park restaurant following a kitchen fire on July 4, mega chef Kevin Rathbun has another thing to be excited about: his August 11 appearance on Food Network's reality competition show Chopped. To celebrate, he's hosting a $125-per-person evening at Kevin Rathbun Steak (154 Krog Street), held between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Local Chopped alumni Jamie Adams of Vini Vedi Vici, Zeb Stevenson of Livingston, Bobby Holly of Atlanta Fish Market, Ria Pell of Ria's Bluebird, and Suzanne Vizethann of Buttermilk Kitchen will also be in attendance.

In case you missed it, on July 23, we reported on the renderings of Ponce City Market's (675 Ponce de Leon Ave.) forthcoming boxcar component, a turquoise-blue tribute to the former Sears building's railroad era, which has potential to double as a Beltline-side bar or coffee shop. Details as they arise.

Pastry chef Taria Camerino has left chef Ford Fry's Rocket Farm Restaurants with intentions to relaunch Sugar-Coated Radical, the sweets business she closed in late 2012 after initially planning to open a Reynoldstown outpost. Camerino's move is certain to be a good one for Atlanta since this chocolatier, noted as a Star Chefs "Rising Star" in 2012, only churns out the best.

New York-native pastry chef Eric Wolitzky, who departed Cakes & Ale in May, has been hired as the new executive pastry chef at Fifth Group Restaurants, a gang that includes Ecco, La Tavola Trattoria, Alma Cocina, Lure, South City Kitchen, and The Original El Taco. Marketer Michael Erickson announced Wolitzky's arrival via Twitter on July 13. Hat tip to Eater Atlanta for pointing it out. Further details are forthcoming; we'll provide more next week.

Colony Square is getting a new restaurant, B.Y.O.B. (which stands for Build Your Own Burgers), Tomorrow's News Today reports. Less than two week's out, the concept should open by August in the space previously occupied by Gyro Wrap at 1197 Peachtree St., Suite 505, where it will serve Midtowners a variety of black-bean, turkey, and ground-beef burgers, with options like french fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings for sides.

101 Concepts, the restaurant group behind Food 101, Cibo e Beve, and four metro locations of Meehan's Public House, plans to open a new barbecue restaurant in Buckhead Castleberry Hill on September 2, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. Dubbed Smoke Ring, the yet-to-be-constructed eatery will be located in the mixed-use Castleberry Point development at 309 Nelson Street, within walking distance of the Georgia Dome. For the cuisine, owner Chris Segal has tapped Meehan's alum Jordan Wakefield. Details as they arise.

Also in barbecue news, the proprietors of Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, Tin Lizzy's Cantina, and Big Ketch Saltwater Grill are embarking on a new venture in Buckhead. Smokebelly is "coming soon," according to current job postings seeking passionate and energetic new managers and sous chefs. Details as we learn more.

Giovanni Di Palma has finally broken ground on his Gelateria and Limoncello Bar, which should open next month - just in time for high summer - across from his existing concepts Antico Pizza Napoletana (1093 Hemphill Ave.) and Gio's Chicken Amalfitano (1099 Hemphill Ave.). Completing his high-concept Piazza San Gennaro, the new sweets shop will offer several flavors from Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream, along with al fresco-inspired small plates and Italian libations.

As announced on the Castelluci Hospitality Group website on July 19, Johns Creek Mediterranean restaurant Sugo Kitchen (10305 Medlock Bridge Road) has a whole new look thanks to AM2 Interiors, which includes modern industrial light fixtures, cozy wooden banquettes, and an aged plaster-esque faux treatment on the walls. The renovation is the first in the eatery's 10 years of operation, and will be officially unveiled on Sunday, July 28, with a small plates-and-sangria celebration from 6 to 9 p.m.

One Flew South has been named the best airport bar in the world, reports The upscale, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport restaurant and sushi bar received this top honor at New Orleans' famous culinary event, Tales of the Cocktail, on July 17. Mixologist Tiffanie Barriere's sophisticated concoctions beat out libations made as far afield as Zurich and Amsterdam.

In addition to Southbound, slated to open by September 1 at 5394 Peachtree Road, Chamblee is getting another new restaurant, Union Hill Kitchen, set to open soon at 5336 Peachtree Road in the historic downtown district. The eatery will serve new American cuisine care of onetime Food Network Star competitor Alexis Hernandez, Tomorrow's News Today reports.

In Atlanta Braves game food news, Turner Field (755 Hank Aaron Drive) unveils an in-stadium location of Waffle House today. The Atlanta-based greasy spoon chain known for its smothered and covered hash browns, fluffy waffles, and bottomless cups of coffee will serve its comfort food during home games only, Eater Atlanta reports, making this the first non-24-hour location in its history.

Food & Wine magazine and Atlanta-based Delta have teamed up for a national culinary competition called The Cabin Pressure Cook Off, created to select the airline's newest chef. Two Atlanta bigwigs are in the running: former Food & Wine Best New Chef and James Beard Award winners Hugh Acheson, of Empire State South, and Linton Hopkins, of Restaurant Eugene. The winning cuisinier will design meals that will ultimately be served 110,000 times daily. The competition will be screened via a four-episode series in late October, which will air on Delta flights,, and

Hugh Acheson just can't stop. The Top Chef Masters personality has once again been tapped for his vast culinary expertise, this time consulting on the new menus for all 38 Live Nation entertainment venues, following the company's announcement to source food only within a 100-mile radius of each physical location.

Sublime Doughnuts' Kamal Grant is eyeing the Middle East for expansion, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. The gourmet Atlanta dessert shop, which already has an international outpost in Bangkok, Thailand, has garnered legions of loyal fans far and wide, and is capitalizing on that momentum via a new partnership with World Franchise Associates. The company will help them develop a presence in new markets throughout the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Kurdistan, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Pakistan, India, Turkey, and Kazakhstan.

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