Mihoko Obunai's ramen lunch pop-up, Mibo Ramen, has ended its run at So Ba in East Atlanta Village. Obunai's ramen service got a new lease on life back in November, managing to stay open for another four weeks before ultimately closing up shop last Friday.
Obunai went public with the announcement on Facebook Thursday afternoon:
Keep your eyes peeled for Obunai to resurface with a new project soon. Details as they arise.
In case you missed it, the Sriracha plant in Irwindale, Calif., was ordered to partially close last week. While the plant can technically continue its normal operations, it must refrain from producing more of the airborne chili mace that was disturbing Irwindale's residents.
Pizza Hut General Manager, Tony Rohr, was fired for not making his employees work over Thanksgiving. Rohr was later offered his job back, but has yet to decide whether or not to take it.
Former Trader Joe's president, Doug Rauch, is launching a new project that will sell fruits and vegetables that are past their shelf date but still safe to eat. Dubbed the Daily Table, the project is geared toward helping feed lower income citizens
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Pell was a pillar for Atlanta's food and punk music scenes, and gay rights activism, who after four years had recently closed down her Inman Park restaurant Sauced to focus her attention on Ria's Bluebird.
Pell had recently misplaced her cell phone. On Sunday afternoon (Nov. 24), Ria's Bluebird manager Julie Pender went to Pell's Grant Park home to ask her a question, when she discovered that Pell had passed away. The cause of death is yet to be determined. Pell was 45 years old.
Chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le of Octopus Bar are gearing up to open a new restaurant, Lusca, at 1829 Peachtree Road in South Buckhead. Unlike the duo's late-night East Atlanta industry hang, Lusca will be a full-service, lunch-and-dinner operation. Like Octopus, however, Lusca's menu will feature "seasonal, ingredient-driven foods" that Brown and Le "enjoy eating, cooking, and creating." Under Le's direction, Lusca will also have an extensive raw seafood program. Think oysters, geoduck clams, hamachi belly, and live scallops. (Octopus Bar will remain open as usual with newly appointed executive chef Duane Kulers at the helm.)
The restaurant's namesake, the lusca, is a legendary sea monster/gigantic octopus reportedly spotted in the Caribbean. "Sort of like the Loch Ness Monster," Brown says.
On Oct. 10 and Oct. 24, an undercover agent from the Georgia Department of Revenue visited the Terrapin Beer Company in Athens. The visits resulted in citations for improper signage and improper serving sizes during Terrapin's weekly brewery tours. According to the citation, Terrapin committed "an act which is in violation of law or regulation ... by providing 32 ounces of beer or malt beverage to attendees without conducting a full two hour tour ... "
What is clear is that the undercover agent was served 32 ounces of beer. What is not clear is how the department interprets tour length.
According to the law, tours can be either educational or promotional, and, as the citation states above, must be two hours long in order to serve 32 ounces of free beer. While the lines defining the difference between "educational" and "promotional" are fairly blurry, one might interpret "educational" as strictly the part where tour goers are walked past machinery and "promotional" as, well, just about any other part of the process. In Terrapin's case, it seems the agent decided that the educational portion (about 30 minutes) needed to be two hours long by itself.
The fire, which occurred before lunch service the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 23, was caused by a grease buildup in the hood vent. No guests were present and no one was injured. According to the restaurant, the hood had been cleaned three days prior.
Currently, the Optimist is "waiting for the hood cleaning company's insurance adjuster to review the damage and is in the process of submitting a permit with the City to install a new hood."
Owner Ford Fry said on Tuesday:
"As soon as we get a couple of sign-offs we will be back up and running. For now we are focusing on taking care of our guests and staff."
Note: After this post was published, the Mibo Ramen pop-up was extended and will operate out of So Ba through November 15, 2013.
Chef Mihoko Obunai's Mibo Love Ramen pop-up is closing up shop at the end of the week. Obunai's post-Joli Kobe ramen and yakitori pop-up began serving lunch out of East Atlanta's So Ba in mid-September. Last chance to score a bowl of Obunai's tonkotsu, shoyu chicken, or mabo-nasu ramen at So Ba is this Friday, November 1.
Obunai says she is currently searching for another (presumably more permanent) home for her restaurant. Inquiries regarding the new space have been made. Details as they arise.
Pizza maker Luca Varuni, formerly of Antico Pizza Napoletana, is gearing up to open his own authentic Neapolitan pizza joint, Varuni-Napoli, in southwest Morningside this December. The eatery will be located at 1540 Monroe Drive in the building next door to Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern.
Originally from Naples, Varuni has spent the last 12 years in the American restaurant industry, working as a chef and maestro pizzaiolo (master pizza maker) in both Philadelphia and New York. He came to Atlanta four years ago to help Giovanni di Palma develop the now-famous Antico.
Varuni says that his commitment to authenticity will set Varuni-Napoli apart.
"After a decade in the American restaurant business, I realized that the Italian culinary culture in some case[s] is completely abused and the Neapolitan pizza it became a joke ... I felt culturally raped," Varuni says.
Toscano & Sons, the Westside Italian market and sandwich shop that shuttered in June, is planning to reopen in Virginia-Highland (h/t Thomas Wheatley). According to Facebook, owners hope to open "some time in late November (if not sooner)."
We are delighted to announce our new address: 1050 N. Highland Avenue in the Virginia Highland neighborhood of Atlanta, close to the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Highland Avenue. There is a large parking lot behind the store that has both (no charge) valet and self-parking, in addition to street parking.
We have lots to do to get ready to open, but we're shooting for some time in late November (if not sooner) and we'll keep you posted on our opening date. For now, be rest assured that we'll have all our regular products available to you soon including the quintessentially Italian Christmas items such as panettone and pandoro just in time for the holidays.
STG Trattoria in Buckhead closed its doors after dinner service this past Saturday. The Italian-inspired pizza restaurant, sister to Brian Lewis' Bocado, first opened its doors last April, with Sean Telo serving as STG's executive chef since January.
Telo apparently posted the news on his Facebook page on Saturday. There's a statement from the restaurant and more details over on Eater.
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