Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles will open its third location in Southwest Atlanta in late August (additional locations can be found in Lithonia and Downtown Atlanta). The eatery, founded by soul singer-songwriter Gladys Knight and her son Shanga Hankerson in 1997, has grown iconic among celebrities, foodies, and late-night crowds alike. In addition to waffles and fried chicken, dishes such as fried green tomatoes, collard green spring rolls, shrimp and grits, and more are also offered. The new locale will be open daily at 3752 Cascade Road.
Wisteria chef Jason Hill's kitschy new breakfast-and-lunch joint, Folk Art, opened on August 5 at 465 North Highland Ave., next door to Il Localino in Inman Park. Urban Daddy Atlanta has photos of the interior as well as few tasty details on the menu items; those include chicken and waffles with whiskey-peach compote and a bourbon-and-maple syrup cocktail. Boozy lunches, comin' right up!
In case you missed it, Shake Shack will open an Atlanta location by summer 2014, setting up shop as an anchor tenant at new luxury development Buckhead Atlanta. The NYC-based fast food concept started in Madison Square Park in 2004, and has since garnered a cult following for items such as a "modern-day roadside burger," flat-top hot dogs, french fries, frozen custard with gourmet mix-ins, and more. This will be Shake Shack's first Georgia location.
Taco Mac Decatur closed for renovations on Sunday, August 4. The cosmetic upgrades, which will come courtesy of ai3, include a new street-front patio, LED HDTVs, and more comfortable seating - all in keeping with a more contemporary pub aesthetic. The restaurant will also introduce a number of new menu items when it reopens in October.
Edgewood Pizza (478 Edgewood Ave.) experienced an electrical fire around 5 a.m. on August 7, rendering it heavily damaged. The restaurant is currently boarded up awaiting restoration, Eater Atlanta reports.
A new cold-pressed juice bar, ColdLife Organics (245 North Highland Ave.), will open in Inman Park late this fall, Eater Atlanta reports. The healthful cafe, which will also offer a small selection of sandwiches and salads, will open just a stone's throw from competing juice bar Kale Me Crazy (300 N. Highland Ave.). Designed by ai3, ColdLife Organics' contemporary design aesthetic is slated to include modular construction elements, brick, wood paneling, expansive glass walls, and more.
The General Muir (1540 Avenue Place) and the Optimist (914 Howell Mill Road) both earned spots on Bon Appetit magazine's list of nominees for the best new restaurant of 2013. Citing the General Muir's authenticity as a New York-style Jewish deli, the magazine applauds chef Todd Ginsberg's matzoh ball soup, pastrami sandwiches, and bagels with lox. Likewise, Ford Fry's signature seafood restaurant is exalted for not only its nautical design (care of Flags of Origin's Smith Hanes), but its masterful seafood preparations such as lobster rolls, Georgia shrimp in chile-lime sauce, skate wing schnitzel, and fish and chips.
Beverly Hills-based Sprinkles Cupcakes - a favorite of celebrities such as Oprah, Blake Lively, and Katie Holmes - is now hiring for its upcoming location at Lenox Square, slated to open in September. Beyond the expected line of sweet treats (cupcakes, cookies, brownies, ice cream), the bakery is noted for its 24-hour cupcake ATM for late-night hankerings.
According to What Now, Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward's Cru Urban Lounge (620 Glen Iris Drive) is closing its doors after a "final celebration" on Saturday, August 10. In lieu of the usual weekend brunch, this last hurrah will comprise drink specials and a dinner buffet beginning at 5 p.m.
Cafe Ago - presumably a Mediterranean-style spot - will soon replace the shuttered Italian restaurant Cafe Prego at Chastain Square, Tomorrow's News Today reports. Citing heavy construction, author Eli Zandman suggests that the opening is still several months off.
Chow Bing, the natural and sustainable, fast-casual "Chinese grill" that opened its first locale at 349 Decatur St. in April, has announced plans to open its second location in Buckhead's Peachtree Piedmont Cross Shopping Center by spring 2014, Tomorrow's News Today reveals. The restaurant is recognizable for its Bing rolls and Bing bowls, coming in at about $7 apiece.
Olive oil and vinegar boutique Oli+Ve opened its third metro location at Vinings Jubilee on August 1. Its variety of gourmet items include extra virgin oils, infused oils, flavored oils, and gourmet oils. The vinegars range from aged balsamic to raspberry, espresso, chocolate, fig, and cranberry-pear.
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