Last week, the NTSB issued a recommendation for states to lower the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05. (It took 21 years for the states to lower the BAC from 0.10 to 0.08 following the NTSB's recommendation in 1982.) The NTSB argues that at a BAC level of 0.05 drivers can begin to have difficulties with visual functions, and at 0.07, cognitive abilities are affected.
While the NTSB's intent is to decrease the number of drunk driving fatalities, some fear this change may harm local businesses.
The news sparked an outcry from loyal customers and neighbors, but nothing could be done. The landlord has different plans for the property and decided not to renew Aurora's lease.
This Saturday, a regular customer walked into the java joint, ordered a coffee, and nonchalantly chained himself outside the location in quiet protest. It wasn't a publicity stunt, Aurora's reps tell us.
"This was definitely not planned," says Philip Frobos, Aurora's marketing manager and lead barista. "It was sweet of him to do it though!"
The much-anticipated Villians Wicked Heroes sandwich shop will open for business at 11 a.m. on Friday in the space that formerly housed Little Azio in Midtown. We caught up with owner Alex Brounstein, the brains behind Grindhouse Killer Burgers, to find out what his new Villains operation is all about. (Check out Villains' menu after the jump. Updated hours: Mon., 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.)
So Villains is partly a riff on the hero sandwich. Can you flesh out the concept for us? Where does this dark side come into play?
But in March, Kurlansky decided to retire after 41 years, and finalized negotiations to turn over his lease to Crawford Mann, brewmaster at 5 Seasons Brewing Company. Slice & Pint, whose lease began on April 1, will open in the former Everybody's space, but the deal also includes the 425 square-foot space Steady Hand currently occupies.
While Moran has granted Steady Hand the month of April to remain open and operating as he remodels next door, once it comes time to build out Slice & Pint's brewery in the coffee shop's location, Steady Hand will have to go.
The slightly retro restaurant and bar Paper Plane opens tonight in the space adjacent to Victory Sandwich Bar Decatur (340 Church St.). Check out our interview with co-owner Paul Calvert for details on Paper Plane, which had a highly successful, two-night soft opening earlier this week. Expect dishes like Char Siu Quail with radicchio and endive and smoked chicken with strawberry and fennel, plus cocktails like the Writer's Block featuring Belle Meade bourbon, coffee vermouth, zucca, aperol, and vanilla.
Mother, the Brooklyn-inspired bar on Edgewood Avenue, opened to the public on Thursday. Patrons can expect bites like warm kale over mushroom salad, black-eyed pea hummus with naan and veggies, and pimento cheese crostini. Drinks range from an agave margarita to a dark and stormy.
Gunshow will open mid-April in Glenwood Park, and Atlanta Eats took some time to dispel the myths about Kevin Gillespie's new restaurant with an in-depth Q&A. Click here to hop on over to that interview, where Gillespie describes his new (non-gimmicky) eatery in detail. Contrary to popular reports, it will, in fact, take reservations, have traditional servers, offer old-fashioned menus, and serve beer and wine.
Robert Shaw and Alan Sher, the enterprising dudes from Terminal West, are opening Stationside, a new restaurant right next door to the music venue at King Plow Arts Center. Come summer, they'll offer concertgoers - and the hungry at large - locally sourced cuisine and paired beer dinners, plus gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Muss & Turner's chef Rawle Fraser has founded a new brunch club out of his Reynoldstown home, Yard 54. The Saturday foodie event, which officially begins April 20, will serve six to eight foodies with Southern-style spins: think Mason jars of prosecco and creative menu items like sweet-tea-braised pork cheeks and dressed-up deviled eggs with anchovies. Register here.
That was the "Good" part, connecting with fellow Atlantans - our neighbors. Then came the "Do." In the issues's intro, our fearless leader, Debbie Michaud breaks it down:
Paper Plane, a unique collaboration between local barkeep Paul Calvert and Victory Sandwich Bar owners Caleb Wheelus and Ian Jones, is scheduled to open in an adjoining space within the new Victory Decatur (340 Church St.) later this week. We caught up with Victory's "Bar Boss" and Paper Plane co-owner Paul Calvert to discuss this enigmatic bar-within-a-bar situation, Paper Plane's concept, and Calvert's bitter contempt for the now-cancelled television show "Pan Am." Well, sort of.
So you've basically been between gigs for the last several months. What was it like to be a bartender with no bar?
Um, it sucked to be a bartender with no bar. Although it allowed me to do a lot of other cool things and strengthen myself as a manager and as an owner.
Specific examples? Working with the staff at Victory - doing some late-in-the-game product training for them. I hope it helped inspire some of the staff at Victory to get more excited about their jobs.
And how's that working out?
Villains Wicked Heroes sandwich shop will open at the end of April at 903 Peachtree St. in the space previously occupied by Little Azio Pizza & Pasta. The restaurant from Grindhouse Killer Burgers' Alex Brounstein, HD1's Jared Lee Pyles, and former FLIP Burger cook Jason McClure will serve counter-style lunches, ramen popcorn and "Wicked Greens" salads, including the "Hail Nero" with kale, ramen "croutons," and spicy white miso dressing. A creative, "Prohibited at Turner Field" cocktail is made with Mexican Coke, peanut bourbon, and roasted peanuts.
After a few short-lived months in the former La Fourchette space (3133 Piedmont Road), Barça Tapas & Bar will soon be usurped by the second location of Red Pepper Taqueria, a fresh, Mexican-style eatery offering organic tacos, tequilas, and live music.
Barça's next-door neighbor, Tartufo Pizzeria, is to be replaced by Ray's New York Pizza. Swing by the original, North Druid Hills location of Red Pepper Taqueria to partake of March Madness specials until April 8. Throw back shots of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, Jimador, or Jagermeister for $2.
Highland Bakery has opened its fourth location, this one on the Georgia Tech campus at 225 North Ave. Cue the peanut butter-stuffed French toast! Award-winning pastry chef Stacey Eames started Highland Bakery in 2004 in Old Fourth Ward. Others followed in Buckhead and Midtown thereafter.
Jenny Levison of Souper Jenny is expanding east, forming a grand trifecta of feel-good restaurants with Souper Jenny Buckhead, Cafe Jonah, and now, Souper Jenny Decatur. Levison is currently seeking good real estate options for her healthful, homestyle lunch spot.
Starting April 24, the Shed at Glenwood's Chef Todd Richards will begin serving a weekly fried chicken dinner, taking the place of the Wednesday-night slider suppers of months past. Patrons can pick up two pieces of chicken plus two veggie sides for $14 or $15.
Good news for those of you I've enjoyed annoying with my weekly reports about $3-slider night at the Shed at Glenwood!
Owner Cindy Shera tells me the last slider supper will be served April 17. The following week, Chef Todd Richards will begin serving a weekly fried chicken dinner. Diners will get two pieces of chicken and two vegetable dishes "for $14 or $15," Shera said.
The plan brings back memories of Scott Peacock and Watershed. Of course it also conforms to the latest fad for all things chicken.
Sliders, by the way, will still be available on the Shed's regular menu, but not in quite the florid and cheap variety that is characteristic of Wednesday nights.
This week, we learn that Sharon Carver plans to reopen her beloved meat-and-three in October within a property she owns just one block west of Carver's current location at 1118 West Marietta St. (She cited lease issues and a desire to retire as her motivations for closing at the end of this month.)
Carver intends to renovate the nearby turn-of-the-century house into a homey eatery featuring working fireplaces in every room, communal tables, and both indoor and outdoor seating - including "wraparound country courts."
"It will be a much bigger and better facility, a bigger operation," Carver tells CL. "It will be more comfortable for the customers, who will enjoy dining in an early-1900s bungalow, with parking for about 30, which we didn't have much of before."
(H/T Thomas Wheatley)
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