Friday, August 29, 2014

Quick Bites: Chow Bing shutters, Bellwoods Social House opens, and more

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Gary Lin is closing the Westside location of Chow Bing to focus on his more successful Buckhead outpost.
  • Gary Lin is closing the Westside location of Chow Bing to focus on his more successful Buckhead outpost.

Chow Bing owner Gary Lin is closing his Grant Park location at 349 Decatur St. to focus on his more recently opened Buckhead outpost (3330 Piedmont Road). The healthy, fast-casual Chinese restaurant opened at the Disco Kroger shopping center this past April, and has become immensely popular in that time due to its health bowls featuring Springer Mountain Farms chicken and bubble tea drinks. Chow Bing's Westside closure will make way for an as-of-yet-unnamed restaurant in its place. Additionally, a Chow Bing expansion may be on the way.

Bellwoods Social House is now open at 1000 Marietta St. Located in the former home of West & Mill Bistro, the upscale American restaurant and bar from Leif Johnson and Arianne Fielder offers a wide range of cocktails and food from executive chef Jason Morgan. Expect wings, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and nibbles like fried pickles and okra, mini lobster rolls, and more.

The newest location of Meehan's Public House opened in Buckhead recently. Occupying the former home of Aspen Bartini at 322 E. Paces Ferry Road, the fifth outpost of the Irish-inspired tavern comes from restaurant group 101 Concepts with executive chef Brian O’Rourke at the helm. Expect dark cherry woods, a welcoming bar, a fireplace, and a large patio.

The Dunwoody locale of the iconic Old Hickory House restaurant has shuttered. One of the longest-standing eateries in the metro area, it was one of 14 total locations for the restaurant group that first launched in 1953. One still thrives in Charlotte, North Carolina. But after a dozen closings in the metro, only one Old Hickory House remains in greater Atlanta—the Tucker outpost at 2202 Northlake Parkway. No information is yet available on the replacement tenant in Dunwoody.

Chef Saphire Sumpter's Terra Pancakes is popping up this Sunday afternoon at Joystick Gamebar. Sumpter makes her pancakes special with thoughtful ingredients like sautéed peaches, chantilly cream, simmered blueberries, roasted pecans, brown sugar-cinnamon butter, and hickory syrup, plus veggie sausage patties on the side.

Jia, the Szechuan restaurant from Tasty China's Dahe Yang is slated to open by Jan. 15 in Ponce City Market's Central Food Hall, making it the first eatery to debut at the ultra-hyped mixed-use development. The new eatery will combine Tasty China favorites with fresh creations from Chinese-born chef Jiguo Jiang.

Coming in spring 2016 is an industrial-chic small-batch distillery from American Spirit Works, the brainchild of "businessmen-turned-bootleggers" Charlie Thompson and Jim Chasteen. The 60,000-square-foot facility at 199 Armour Drive will house American Spirit Whiskey's distillery plus barrel storage for its artisan-crafted, Georgia-made whiskey and brandies—think peach, apple, and grape. (At the moment, the product is made in Charleston, S.C., but the owners are actively working to migrate operations).


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