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Friday, November 1, 2013

Quick Bites: Pallookaville opens, Bob to replace Bell Street Burritos in O4W, and more

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Salt Factory Pub will open on Monday in Alpharetta
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  • Salt Factory Pub will open Mon., Nov. 4 in Alpharetta

After about a year of anticipation, Pallookaville opened its Avondale Estates brick-and-mortar on October 31. Housed within a Tudor-style building at 17 N. Avondale Plaza, the eatery is an off-shoot of local celeb chef Jim Stacy's carnival-inspired corn dog cart of the same name. Pallookaville serves corn dogs made from a variety of sausages, a full-service soda machine, and moonshine milkshakes. The restaurant will be closed November 1-3, and reopen on Monday, November 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

In case you missed it, Morningside is getting a new Neapolitan pizza restaurant from Luca Varuni, a veteran pizzaiolo who previously worked at Antico Pizza. Varuni's restaurant, Varuni-Napoli, should open by December at 1540 Monroe Drive. He tells CL that "the goal [with Varuni-Napoli] is to stand apart from everybody else, especially Antico." Let the games begin.

It's been a busy time for Bell Street Burritos owners Matt and Erica Hinton. The popular burrito joint recently shuttered its Irwin Street Market outpost, but managed to open a new Buckhead location just last week.

Back in Old Fourth Ward, the former Bell Street has already been replaced with forthcoming contemporary kebab restaurant, Bob. The concept comes from Irwin Street Market landlord Jake Rothschild (Jake's Ice Cream) and partners Andy Kober and Sandy Houdeshell. Bob is slated to open Saturday, November 2, Eater reports, and will serve lunch and dinner on a stick seven days a week.

JCT. Kitchen will undergo renovations November 4-14, for a project that will include building out a new downstairs bar. During renovations, the existing downstairs bar will only serve beer and wine to guests, but a full menu of cocktails will still be served upstairs. Patrons should note that the restaurant will be closed November 10-11 due to construction, but the hours of the upstairs JCT. Bar will remain consistent.

Candler Park cult-favorite restaurant Gato Bizco Cafe (1660 McLendon Ave.) has traditionally served up Latin-inspired breakfast and lunch, with Japanese-inspired pop-up Gato Arigato taking over for dinner on Monday and Tuesday nights. According to Eater, Gato Bizco will now be closed for lunch on Wednesdays, while Gato Arigato will be extended to Wednesday-night dinner service. Thursday evenings, meanwhile, will now host a pop-up for Jimmy's Hot Chicken Shack.

Stem Wine Bar, sister concept to Marietta's Seed Kitchen & Bar, is scheduled to open on Thursday, November 7 at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road. The ai3-designed space will be posh and upscale, offering a diverse menu of small plates devised by Doug Turbush with chef de cuisine Brendan Keenan, plus exceptional vinos chosen by sommelier Jason Raymond.

After a number of false starts, Salt Factory Pub's Alpharetta location will open Monday, November 4 at 102 S. Main St. Besides popular menu items such as pulled pork tacos, blood orange-glazed salmon, and hand-stretched pizzas, the eatery will also offer a large patio, bocce ball court, and an oyster bar with wide selections of craft beers, Scotch, and bourbon.

Prepared foods shop Christophe's To Go will soon open in Brookhaven at 4060 Peachtree Road. It will be helmed by Christophe Le Metayer, a French chef who previously worked for five years at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. More recently, he operated Field Good, a charming French sandwich spot in Alpharetta. If Christophe's To Go is anything like his Christophe's Kitchen in Johns Creek, the upscale shop will offer healthy offerings such as Niman Ranch pork osso, eggplant Parmesan, quinoa muesli, and lemon tarts, along with a possible paleo menu. Details as they arise.

Seafood-centric sports bar Fins has shuttered in Midtown, after about a year at 84 12th St. Although a post by Tomorrow's News Today indicates that the closure was due to a bad location, changes on the restaurant's Facebook page (which, as of press time, still belongs to Fins) suggest that it has been taken over by a decadent party spot called Kouture Restaurant & Lounge. Kouture is run by KCE Restaurants & Bars, who also own Krave Lounge and Cafe Circa.

"Grab and go breakfast spot" Industry Kitchen + Bar will open this winter in the former Emerald Coast Coffee & Grille location in Terminus building at 3280 Peachtree Road. While this morning pick-me-up may sound like a godsend to the busy careerists in the building, the owners of Downtown's Gibney's Pub originally filed the permits for the eatery as the "Buckhead Tavern," suggesting that that Industry may offer drinks and late-night eats, as well.

Big Sky Restaurant & Bar will soon begin buildout in the former office of Harrison Design Associates in Buckhead. The "Montana lodge" concept, slated to open by Christmas at 3201 Cains Hill Place, will offer a bar on each floor, two open decks, with more than 5,000 square feet of drinking and dining space.

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