After 43 years of fondue, jazz, and live crocodiles, Dante Stephensen's Buckhead restaurant, Dante's Down the Hatch, has closed its doors for good. The highly valued (and highly taxed) land Dante's currently occupies at 3380 Peacthree Road was purchased by Atlantic Realty Partners and Dallas-based Behringer Harvard, with aims to erect a 10-story high-rise apartment building in its place.
The Sun Dial will reopen atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza on August 13 after closing for extensive renovations in April. The tri-level, rotating dining complex, situated 73 stories above Peachtree, was refreshed by Carolyn Auger of Blackdog Studio to have laser-cut millwork, streamlined pendant lighting, and intimate seating. A new, farm-to-table menu from chef Jason Starnes will coincide with the reopening.
Double Zero Napoletana (5825 Roswell Road) is opening a new cafe, the Cafe at ØØ, on August 7. A more casual concept than its fine-dining mother, the mini eatery will serve pizza, sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls for lunch, plus pastries, gelato, coffee, and cocktails in the evening.
After a short, six-month stint, chef Mihoko Obunai's last day at Joli Kobe Kitchen was July 31. (See CL's report from February 4 detailing her arrival.) Rumor has it Obunai has investors and is currently ironing out the particulars for a new project. Details as they arise.
Delia Champion, of Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand, plans to open a new, Westside brick-and-mortar location at 881 Marietta Street by 2014. Champion recently released the architectural plans for the restaurant to Atlanta magazine, revealing an eatery with double the seating and patio space of her 489 Moreland Avenue location. Erected on the site of a vintage, shotgun-style building, the restaurant is slated to include a rooftop deck formed from a shipping container, offering vast views of the downtown skyline.
Pallookaville Fine Foods is slated to open within the month in the long-vacant, Tudor-style building at Avondale Estate's main crossroads (4 N. Clarendon Ave). The eatery will offer Greek-meets-Southern, diner-style foods including deli sandwiches, hamburgers, meat-and-three dinners, and, of course, carnival corndogs. A 1930s soda fountain should add a splash of nostalgia. Head over to Palookaville's Facebook page to track the progress.
Barteca, the Connecticut-based restaurant group behind Barcelona Wine Bar , is bringing yet another restaurant to Atlanta. Bartaco - a popular street-food-style concept in New York and Connecticut - is coming "soon," and will serve coastal-inspired fare such as tacos, tamales, and rice bowls, priced affordably between $2.50 and $7.
In the wake of Zeb Stevenson's departure in July (complete with a decadent "Last Supper" in May), the Georgian Terrace Hotel (659 Peachtree St.) has named its new executive chef. Michael Semancik comes to his new role - which includes overseeing the kitchens of Livingston Restaurant & Bar , Proof & Provision, and consulting on the hotel's food service - after stints at Nava and South City Kitchen in Atlanta, as well as hotels across the country, most recently Savannah's Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Since opening in the finicky space at 905 Juniper St. in 2012, the Lawrence has been through three executive chefs. Following the exits of Shane Devereux in November 2012 and Jonathan St. Hilaire in January 2013, the restaurant's most recent toque, Jeff Sigler, has parted on amicable terms after seven months, Eater Atlanta reports. Will the Lawrence come out on top with a top chef that sticks? Let us know in the comments.
Following the closure of Kitsch'n 155 at 1788 Clairmont Road in March, we announced that the folks behind Heirloom Market BBQ would be moving in with a new (non-barbecue) concept in August. This week, Eater Atlanta revealed the name of owners' Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee's new Korean-Southern diner: Sobban, a term that describes a "small wooden table reserved for humble meals."
David Sweeney has most recently racked up acclaim as the lunch chef at the Bakery at Cakes & Ale in Decatur. Now, his culinary prowess is popping up in Grant Park, as well. Starting at 5 p.m. every Sunday through September at Octane Grant Park (437 Memorial Drive), Sweeney will serve freshly prepared fare incorporating the market's daily produce and meats, calling his concept David Sweeney's Fresh Market Bites. Menu items will range in price from $7 to $12, with the option of pairing with one of Octane's varied beverage offerings.
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