Friday, May 2, 2014

Quick Bites: Lusca, Taproom Coffee open and more

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Taproom Coffee now open in Kirkwood

Taproom Coffee is now open in Kirkwood at 1963 Hosea L. Williams Drive, serving both coffee beverages (from cortados to cappuccinos), craft brews, and combinations of the two thanks to an inventive contraption called the "beerspresso machine." Mae's Bakery pastries and beer pretzels add to the intrigue with this concept from Empire State South alum Jonathan Pascual. As far as ambience, patrons can expect communal tables, exposed-filament light bulbs, and cheery red stools.

Future Staplehouse executive chef Ryan Smith began his pop-up at Octane Grant Park this week, a culinary series that will run through May 25 at the 437 Memorial Drive coffee shop. Menu items for the first installment included pate en croute, grilled duck, chicken of the woods mushrooms, and chicken sausage (H/T to Eater), but the dishes will continue to rotate with the weekly bounty.

Octopus Bar's Angus Brown and Nhan Le opened their new chef-driven restaurant Lusca on Tuesday. Located at 1829 Peachtree Road in Brookwood Hills, Lusca is currently offering dinner service only. The restaurant will roll out brunch beginning on Sunday, May 4, followed by lunch, and eventually breakfast (complete with Counter Culture Octane coffee and goat's milk yogurt), in the coming weeks. The raw bar represents the culinary prowess of Le, while Jonathan Sellito overseas charcuterie, Andy Tran assumes the role of executive sous chef, and Brooke Lenderman handles pastries and desserts.

North Carolina-based fast food concept Cook-Out is now open at 403 Moreland Ave., serving backyard-style burgers, barbecue, hot dogs, fries, and more. According to a report from Tomorrow's News Today, additional metro locations are on the way for Kennesaw, Macon, and the Westside. The latter should open as early as late summer.

Chow Bing's Buckhead location is now open at 3330 Piedmont Road, adding an interesting new dining option to the Disco Kroger shopping center. This is the second outpost of Fujian, China native Gary Lin's fast-casual Asian concept, which serves dishes such as rice bowls, organic salads, and lobster Philly wontons, all of which are made without unhealthy additives.

Tokiwa Sears is now Southern Art & Bourbon Bar's new head bartender. Sears previously mixed drinks at One Flew South, and plans to bring a fresh, bold approach to the celebrated American spirit.

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