Friday, January 10, 2014

Quick Bites: St. Cecilia to open, Yum Bunz and Pozole shutter, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Ford Frys latest, St. Cecilia, opens Monday in Buckhead
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  • Ford Fry's latest, St. Cecilia, opens Monday in Buckhead

Ford Fry's fifth Atlanta restaurant concept, St. Cecilia, will open on Mon., Jan. 13, in the former Bluepointe space at 3455 Peachtree Road. The menu will be influenced by traditional fare from the Southern European coast, including fresh crudo, wood-roasted fish, and delicate pastas. Longtime members of the Ford Fry pantheon are on board, including bar veteran Lara Creasy and pastry chef Chrysta Poulos.

Eventide Brewing officially launched Wednesday night with a celebration at Six Feet Under in Grant Park. The brewery itself is also located in Grant Park at 1015 Grant St., where the brand's first two varieties, Kölsch Style Ale and Pale Ale, are produced then distributed throughout the city at spots such as Brick Store Pub, Taco Mac, and the Porter Beer Bar.

In December, fast-casual dim sum restaurant Yum Bunz announced it was temporarily closing "for the rest of the year." But last week, the restaurant's chef and owner, Guy Wong and Mike Blum, respectively, decided to shutter the establishment permanently. (H/T to Savory Exposure.) This comes on the heels of continued criticism about the eatery's methods of reheating factory-made and frozen buns at the restaurant site. Despite the setback, Wong continues to operate his flagship restaurant Miso Izakaya in Old Fourth Ward and plans to open both TON TON Ramen & Yakitori Bar and Big Boss Chinese in 2014.

In case you missed it, Pozole in Virginia-Highland has closed after an 8-year run. The restaurant's website, however, claims the space at 1044 Greenwood Ave. will reopen as a new concept, Bar Meatball, in February.

Bantam & Biddy's second Atlanta location, originally slated to open at 1050 Crescent Ave. in Midtown on Jan. 5, has experienced an opening delay, and is now slated to debut in mid to late January. A PR rep for the Shaun Doty-owned, chicken-centric restaurant tells CL that the targeted date is Jan. 13. Details as they arise.

The Wednesday Decatur Farmers Market, managed by Community Farmers Markets along with the East Atlanta Village, Grant Park, and Saturday Decatur farmers markets, is relocating to the front lawn of the Decatur First Baptist Church at 308 Clairmont Ave., on Jan. 15. The Wednesday Decatur Farmers Market operates year-round (4-7 p.m., March-Oct.; 3-6 p.m.; Nov.-Feb.) and offers more than 20 vendors of meat, produce, baked goods, dairy, spices, prepared meals, dog treats, and other small gifts.

Midtown Mexican-Korean street food concept Takorea was reportedly preparing to open a second location in the shuttered digs of Hola! Mexican Cantina in Decatur, says Tomorrow's News Today. But the move was allegedly blocked by neighboring restaurant Noodle due to potential competition. (Like Takorea, Noodle is Korean-owned).

Once he finishes spicing up the menu at Big Sky Buckhead, chef Hector Santiago will begin work on his next concept, H. Santiago Burritos. Santiago is currently on the hunt for a space to house the eatery, previously called Pura Pollo, Atlanta magazine reports. The "full-fledged Latin restaurant" is likely to put down roots ITP, with Dunwoody, the Westside, and Poncey-Highland as big contenders. Keep watch for an opening in mid-2014.

After closing for two days to renovate its dining room, Restaurant Eugene (2277 Peachtree Rd.) reopened on Wednesday with a refreshed look, in anticipation of its 10-year anniversary. (H/T to Eater.)

Cafe Mezo has finally opened at 794 Juniper St. (H/T to UrbanDaddy) in the two-story Midtown Victorian house previously occupied by the Fifth Ivory piano bar and Avra Greek Tavern. Patrons of Cafe Mezo can expect standard Mediterranean fare such as kebabs, flatbreads, grilled meats, and shareable small plates.

Atlantans have long been aware of Cafe Agora's plans to leave its Buckhead outpost at 262 E. Paces Ferry Road, a location blighted by parking issues. Now that Atlanta's recent cold snap has caused a water pipe to burst, Cafe Agora has closed earlier than planned (H/T to Eater). Alas, the Greek restaurant will reopen in the newly renovated space previously occupied by Thai Silk at 318 E. Paces Ferry Road.

An Athens-based build-your-own pizza concept called Your Pie - with a metro Atlanta location already operating in Roswell - has plans to open a Buckhead outpost at 5 W. Paces Ferry Road (the former home of Johnny Rockets), Tomorrow's News Today reports. The blog also notes that Your Pie is comparable to Uncle Maddio's, but with 10-inch personal pizzas.

A Fort Worth-based restaurant called American F&B (AF&B for short) is slated to open July 7, at the new Buckhead Atlanta development. Many have noted the controversy surrounding the forthcoming restaurant's name, since it bears such similarity to existing eatery F&B, located less than two miles away on Peachtree Road. F&B is owned by abiding Atlanta restaurateurs Fabrice Vergez and Cindy Brown, the latter of which shared concerns about the confusion with What Now, Atlanta. Could a new city necessitate a name change? Details as they arise.

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