Upscale Roswell restaurant Table & Main ( 1028 Canton St.) has a new chef de cuisine: former Restaurant Eugene executive sous chef Woolery "Woody" Back. The new toque will reportedly take the reins by mid-October, just as Table & Main owner-operator Ryan Pernice readies to open his next venture, nearby Italian restaurant Osteria Mattone.
Tim Willard of the Spence recently passed the Court Of Master Sommeliers' rigorous Advanced Sommelier Exam, making him the seventh Atlantan to currently hold the title. Joining his boss, general manager and wine director Justin Amick, the Spence now boasts two of Atlanta's seven advanced sommeliers.
After much speculation and a little rumor squelching (trust us, we asked), Richard Blais's now-shuttered gourmet hot dog restaurant, HD1, will soon reopen as the fourth location of Flip Burger Boutique. HD1 officially ceased operations on Sunday, August 18.
The Flip Burger family currently includes three locations: Westside, Buckhead, and Birmingham, Ala. The new Poncey-Highland location at 644 N. Highland Ave. will incorporate many of HD1's greatest hits, while adding Flip's signature burgers, shakes, and sides to the lineup. The existing bar program, a favorite of neighborhood dwellers, will retain much the same feeling, with the addition of Flip libations (we're hoping for the raspberry Moscow mule) and liquid nitrogen milkshakes.
If all goes off without a hitch, Giovanni Di Palma's long-awaited Caffe Gio will open today, at 1099 Hemphill Ave., behind Gio's Chicken Amalfitano. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, it will serve numerous gelati and sorbet flavors including lemon, pistachio, and chocolate-mint. You can also expect paninis (yellowfin tuna, prosciutto, caprese, and more), chicken soup, and Italian-inspired salads. The limoncello bar, set to open across the street from Antico after Labor Day, will offer limoncello drinks, bellinis, prosecco, and antipasti.
Little Five Points Jamaican restaurant Stir It Up (1083 Euclid Ave.) has shuttered, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant on August 6. The owners said that they are moving to a "bigger, better, sexier location in Midtown." No news yet on that exact location. We'll keep you posted.
Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles will open its third location in Southwest Atlanta in late August (additional locations can be found in Lithonia and Downtown Atlanta). The eatery, founded by soul singer-songwriter Gladys Knight and her son Shanga Hankerson in 1997, has grown iconic among celebrities, foodies, and late-night crowds alike. In addition to waffles and fried chicken, dishes such as fried green tomatoes, collard green spring rolls, shrimp and grits, and more are also offered. The new locale will be open daily at 3752 Cascade Road.
Wisteria chef Jason Hill's kitschy new breakfast-and-lunch joint, Folk Art, opened on August 5 at 465 North Highland Ave., next door to Il Localino in Inman Park. Urban Daddy Atlanta has photos of the interior as well as few tasty details on the menu items; those include chicken and waffles with whiskey-peach compote and a bourbon-and-maple syrup cocktail. Boozy lunches, comin' right up!
In case you missed it, Shake Shack will open an Atlanta location by summer 2014, setting up shop as an anchor tenant at new luxury development Buckhead Atlanta. The NYC-based fast food concept started in Madison Square Park in 2004, and has since garnered a cult following for items such as a "modern-day roadside burger," flat-top hot dogs, french fries, frozen custard with gourmet mix-ins, and more. This will be Shake Shack's first Georgia location.
The modern burger joint concept by New York restaurateur Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group - which, after opening in Madison Square Park in 2004, attracted hordes of drooling people waiting anxiously for grub - will open its first Georgia location in Buckhead.
More specifically: Buckhead Atlanta, Oliver McMillan's mixed-use complex that's rising from the massive hole that was to become the Streets of Buckhead, and which will feature high-end retailers and the global headquarters of Spanx.
Atlanta's newest production brewery, Three Taverns Craft Brewery, will be debut its beer at Brick Store Pub - and other locations in Decatur - this Friday.
CL recently caught up with Belgian-born brewer Joran Van Ginderachter, who will join brewery president and CEO, Brian Purcell, as Three Taverns' head brewer. According to the brewery, Three Taverns will be the only traditional Belgian-style beer brewery in the Southeast, and Van Ginderachter will be one of only three classically trained Belgian brewers in the United States.
Their motto? Transcendo Mediocris- "to unlock and inspire the pursuit of a fuller and more transcendent experience of life, inviting our friends and neighbors to join us at the table of discovery and raise a glass in gratitude and merry celebration."
Things are shaping up for Krog Street Market (KSM), the 12,000 square-foot mixed-use development in Tyler Perry's former Inman Park production facility and warehouse. Paces Properties announced KSM's first round of seven tenants Wednesday. The release listed French Market Florist and the Collective, a home and garden shop, in addition to five dining concepts slated to open for business this winter.
The new fast-casual concept focuses on serving farm-fresh ingredients along with
pastured poultry regional, all-natural poultry. The menu ranges from Ity Biddies, Big Ol' Biddies, to Green Biddies, for salads. It also includes a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options.
The atmosphere is bright with contrasting accents of white and a vivid orange, complete with retro chairs and stools. Chick-a-Biddy's opening hours are Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
In case you missed it, Rathbun's in Inman Park caught fire last Thurday, forcing the restaurant to close temporarily for repairs. The fire, which is thought to have originated in the kitchen's hood ventilation system, caused significant fire, smoke, and water damage within the restaurant. No one was injured.
Chef/owner Kevin Rathbun hopes to reopen his flagship restaurant later this week, but the findings of a pending point of origin inspection could delay the process.
After months of delays, the highly anticipated Yum Bunz finally opened today in West Midtown.
Miso Izakaya's Guy Wong, the Real Chow Baby's Mike Blum, and executive chef Chris Lee collaborated to bring Atlanta quick-serve dim sum dishes like bao buns (stuffed and steamed yeast dough buns), Korean ssäm wraps, and noodle bowls.
With a $28,000 special steamer and mixed-use development space, it took seven months for landlords to sign the lease and receive permitting for all of the renovations and menu items. To be certified by the USDA, owner Mike Blum told CL that Yum Bunz had to go through extra steps for their unique bao buns, whereas if he wanted to open up a burger or taco restaurant, they would have opened six months ago.
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