Friday, March 28, 2014

Quick Bites: Bishops Coffee & Tea, Foundation Social Eatery open and more

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Foundation Social Eatery opens
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  • Foundation Social Eatery opens

Foundation Social Eatery opened at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell Tuesday. The long-anticipated concept from husband-and-wife duo Sandy and Mel Toledo offers house-made breads, sausages, pastas, and more from Bacchanalia alum Mel Toledo. Expect dishes that combine French and Italian influences with a Southern spin like wood oven-roasted mussels, house-made pappardelle pasta, and sautéed scallops. The restaurant, which includes a 37-seat outdoor patio, is meant to be a casual, social place where guests can enjoy artisanal cocktails, craft beers, and boutique wines.

Ration & Dram, Andy Minchow's new gastropub on Arizona Avenue, got its liquor license Wednesday. Head over for craft cocktails such as the Shallow Grave made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, China China, and Cappelletti.

Bishops Coffee & Tea, the Florida-based chain we first reported would be coming to Atlanta back in November, opened at 1540 Monroe Drive. The shop is located just below the future digs of Varuni-Napoli, the Neapolitan pizzeria from Luca Varuni slated to open in about three weeks.

The new, Beltline-adjacent patio at Kevin Rathbun Steak (154 Krog St.) officially opened on Wednesday. The restaurant's new feature has an outdoor fireplace and heated seating good for chilly spring days. In other patio news, Midtown's Spanish-Mediterranean-inspired Artmore Hotel just celebrated the grand opening of its Cocktail Garden - a ground floor-level lounge adorned with AstroTurf, low-slung white sofas, and manicured hedges - where upscale cocktails and grown-up grilled cheeses are served.

Decatur's popular chicken schnitzel sandwich restaurant, 7 Hens, announced plans to expand into Sandy Springs at Abernethy Square. This is just one example of burgeoning development in the north Atlanta suburb, whose Gateway project, a 21-acre mixed-use development at Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway, will welcome such restaurants as Asheville-based Tupelo Honey Cafe, Birmingham-based Urban Cookhouse, a fresh venture from the owner of Verde Taqueria, and more in spring 2015.

Cindy Brown and Fabrice Vergez of Buckhead bistro F&B stood their ground in a dispute involving a forthcoming Dallas-based eatery slated for the Buckhead Atlanta development this July. Brown argued that the concept, originally called AF+B, was too similar to her own eatery's moniker. As a result, Brown filed a complaint with the Superior Court of Fulton County to protect against future business loss. But according to a report from What Now, Atlanta, there is no further controversy as AF+B has agreed to change its name, though a new title has not been selected at this time.

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