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Friday, December 13, 2013

Quick Bites: Little's Food Store to close, Toscano & Sons opens, and more

Bantam + Biddys chicken wings. The second location of the restaurant will open January 5 in Midtown.
  • Photo courtesy of Angie Mosier
  • Bantam + Biddy's chicken wings. The second location of the restaurant will open January 5 in Midtown.

Rustic Italian market and panini shop Toscano & Sons has reopened in Virginia-Highland, six months after shuttering its original location in the Westside. Its new home at 1050 N. Highland Ave., which owners Kathy Boehmer and John Reed have already made their own, previously housed a Stanton Home Furnishings boutique.

In case you missed it, Cabbagetown's beloved Little's Food Store will close at the end of this month. Neighborhood dwellers frequently visited for laid-back breakfast, burgers, and basic sundries. CL's report earlier this week explained that the dilapidated building, which dates back to the 1920s, likely needed more repairs than its owners could muster.

Bantam & Biddy will open its second location Jan. 5 at 1050 Crescent Ave., the former home of Noon Midtown. Shaun Doty's fast-casual restaurant sells chicken by the quarter or half, as well as sandwiches, salads, and more. Designed by architect Tim Nichols, the 2,000-square-foot space will seat 75.

Ford Fry's next Rocket Farm Restaurant, St. Cecilia, will open in exactly one month on Jan. 13 in Buckhead. Taking over the former Bluepointe space at 3455 Peachtree Road, it will mark Fry's second in the high-end community, serving Mediterranean-inspired fare cooked in a wood-burning oven.

Yum Bunz, the quick-serve dim sum-style restaurant at 935 Marietta St., is now closed until the end of the year, according to a report from Tomorrow's News Today. After a delayed start, the restaurant finally opened in July and quickly won fans, but came under scrutiny in late August when it was revealed that the bunz are made offsite, frozen, then reheated. As for the reasons behind the closure, Wong tells CL, "I really wish I could say [more]. We are making changes." The outlook looks positive. Details as they arise.

Following a damaging fire at neighboring Peachtree Bikes, artisan chocolatier Kristen Hard's Buckhead chocolate boutique Cacao (2817 Peachtree Road) suffered so much smoke damage, she was forced to shutter. Though the owner does have business insurance to cover such losses, the damage was too extensive to repair in a short time frame, the AJC reveals. Hard launched a GoFundMe campaign to crowdsource donations.

An "Asian comfort food restaurant" called Makan will open this spring in Decatur, showcasing an inviting atmosphere reminiscent of the markets, noodle shops, and street stalls popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea. Executive chef and co-owner George Yu, who grew up helping at his parents' Chinese restaurant, was schooled at Atlanta's Le Cordon Bleu and previously worked as Ecco's sous chef. His signature restaurant will serve dishes like Korean barbecue, housemade kimchi, and Taiwanese beef noodle soup in a space at 130 Clairemont Ave. designed by Square Feet Studio.

After departing East Atlanta Village's So Ba on Nov. 22, news of Mihoko Obunai's next exploit has surfaced. Obunai will now serve as the lunchtime chef at Southbound, the forthcoming Southern-fusion restaurant from Mike Plummer and Dennis Lange. Since our last report, executive chef Cooper Miller has left the project, which is still slated to open at 5394 Peachtree Road in Chamblee in early 2014.

Former owner of Buckhead's Beluga Martini Bar (now Rose Bar), Billy Allen has announced plans to open a 1940s Hollywood-themed bar, Cafe Erehwon, in a former day spa at 3165 Maple Drive. The remnants of the glamorous decade will range from black bow ties to a cigarette girl. Allen also plans to enforce an old-fashioned dress code, requiring men to wear jackets.

Avellino's Pizza soft-opened a second area location on Dec. 11 at 1328 Windsor Parkway in Brookhaven. The original Oakhurst outpost is infamous for its ultra-spicy "Il Diavolo" pie, and offers delivery. UrbanDaddy Atlanta notes that the Brookhaven pizzeria does not have its liquor license at this time, which means BYOB. Details as they arise.

A little over two years ago, "Food Network Star" Brianna Jenkins was planning to open a second location of her La Mongerie Bakery in the former Agnes & Muriel's space on Monroe Drive. Not only was that project abandoned in time, but the 265 Ponce de Leon Ave. location she opened in late 2011 has now shuttered as well.

Charleston's acclaimed Oak Steakhouse is scheduled to open at Alpharetta's mixed-use Avalon development in about nine months, the AJC reports. This will mark the second location of James Beard Award-nominated chef Jeremiah Bacon's Indigo Road restaurant group eatery. Other restaurants on the Avalon roster include Marlow's Tavern, Kona Grill, Pinkberry, Bocado Burger Bar, Bantam + Biddy, Cru Food & Wine, Antico Pizza Napoletana, and Caffe Gio. Details as they arise

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