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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Quick Bites: Noble Fin opens, Buttermilk Kitchen hosts a biscuit stand, and more

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 9:01 AM

ANOTHER ONE: Grindhouse's sixth location features a rooftop bar and a patio. - JAMES CAMP/CL FILE
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  • ANOTHER ONE: Grindhouse's sixth location features a rooftop bar and a patio.

Orlando-based fast-casual gourmet sandwich concept Earl of Sandwich will open in Phipps Plaza late this summer, reports What Now Atlanta. The restaurant’s menu typically feature hot sandwiches, homemade bread, soups, salads, and desserts available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Jay Swift has opened his second restaurant, Noble Fin, outside the Perimeter at 5260 Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners. The new, 5,200-square-foot restaurant features seafood dishes, such as broiled Maryland blue crab cakes and a scallop BLT.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Quick Bites: Hampton & Hudson opens, Bacchanalia and Star Provisions relocate, and more

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 9:01 AM

FINAL STRETCH: Little Bacch will shutter by the end of the year ahead of its sister concepts' move. - ERIK MEADOWS/CL FILE
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  • FINAL STRETCH: Little Bacch will shutter by the end of the year ahead of its sister concepts' move.

Atlanta’s first Wahlburgers, which was rumored a few months ago, will open at SunTrust Park in time for the Braves’ 2017 home opener. Wahlburgers will open alongside restaurant concepts from Ford Fry and Linton Hopkins.

Hampton & Hudson, “a community-driven bar and restaurant" from the duo behind Cypress Street Pint & Plate and GRAIN, opened on May 25 at Inman Quarter (299 North Highland Ave.) Former Max's Wine Dive and Mason Tavern chef Jason Hall is the executive chef.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quick Bites: Atlanta Candy Bar opens, Jinya Ramen Bar slated for June, and more

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 9:01 AM

MOVING ON: Duane Nutter has stepped down as executive chef at One Flew South. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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  • MOVING ON: Duane Nutter has stepped down as executive chef at One Flew South.

Filo’s, a Greek counter service restaurant, will open in June in Buckhead’s Chastain Square shopping center in the former Café Ago space. The new resto will be a casual neighborhood diner with patio service offering pitas stuffed with roasted vegetables and unprocessed spitfire rotisserie lamb, chicken, and pork along with traditional Greek spanakopita and tiropita.

Atlanta Candy Bar, a candy store that will offer liquor-infused treats, is slated to open Fri., May 27 at 171 Auburn Ave. beneath City Walk Apartments. The selection of confections will include candy cubes (ice cubes with candy frozen inside), cupcakes, dessert kabobs, candy drinks, cake jars, ice cream cupcakes, a chocolate fountain, and 24 topping options, according to What Now Atlanta.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Quick Bites: Revolution Gelato moves into East Atlanta, One Rooster replaces The Real Chow Baby, and more

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 10:01 AM

SAVORY SUNDAYS: Brezza Cucina's new brunch buffet service will feature Southern-inspired dishes alongside signature dishes. - ERIK MEADOWS/CL FILE
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  • SAVORY SUNDAYS: Brezza Cucina's new brunch buffet service will feature Southern-inspired dishes alongside signature dishes.

Mediterranean concept Kipos Hellenic Kitchen will take over the vacant space left after the January closure of American Food and Beverage at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Expect “fresh and robust Greek village foods” modeled after owner Giorgios Bakatsias’s childhood, such as lamb youvetsi, moussaka, grilled octopus, and souvlaki. Kipos will be located just a few feet away from fellow neighborhood newcomer Taverna.

Revolution Gelato will soon become a permanent resident of East Atlanta Village's Global Grub Collective. Revolution, which was previously sold only online and through select retailers, could be fully operational "within four weeks, or possibly even sooner,” according to Eater.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Quick Bites: Fellini's in Buckhead expands, East Georgia-style 'cue replaces One Star Ranch, and more

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 9:01 AM

South City Kitchen – Buckhead will open next week on May 24 with Jason Starnes at the helm. - JAMES CAMP/CL FILE
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  • South City Kitchen – Buckhead will open next week on May 24 with Jason Starnes at the helm.

Atlanta’s first Whole Foods 365 store will open at the forthcoming North Decatur Square shopping plaza that is slated to open in spring of 2018. The “more sensibly priced” Whole Foods will also feature "several other chef-driven and fast-casual restaurants" in a 90,000-square-foot space, according to What Now Atlanta. 

Buckhead’s Fellini’s and LaFonda locations (2809 Peachtree Road) will be torn down and replaced with a new Fellini’s that will have a larger dining room, a patio, and more parking, according to BuckheadView. Fellini’s owner Clay Harper previously announced that LaFonda would undergo renovations and would reopen in the same space. However, once renovations began, Harper decided that the space was not big enough for both restaurants.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Quick Bites: Corner Tavern moves out of East Point, Bludso's becomes a food truck, and more

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 9:01 AM

WINE DOWN: The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has added a vineyard and event space that will be open for use during the festival and until June 30. - ALYSSA POINTER/CL FILE
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  • WINE DOWN: The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has added a vineyard and event space that will be open for use during the festival and until June 30.

Chef RJ Cooper, the James Beard Foundation’s 2007 Best Chef (Mid-Atlantic) winner, has been named opening chef at 5Church. The Charlotte-based restaurant is slated to open this spring in the former Shout space at 1197 Peachtree St. N.E. in Midtown’s Colony Square. 

Corner Tavern's East Point location (2783 Main St.) will relocate to Dearborn Plaza on North Central Avenue in Hapeville, reports Eater. The new location is expected to open in January or February of 2017 alongside a new concept from the Corner Tavern crew, Tren Loco Taqueria.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Quick Bites: Joy Cafe plans to leave Buckhead, Sylvan Hills gets a new restaurant, and more

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 9:01 AM

FRESH FOODS: Yeah! Burger's Erik Maier has changed the name of his new Westside concept to upbeet. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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  • FRESH FOODS: Yeah! Burger's Erik Maier has changed the name of his new Westside concept to upbeet.

The team behind Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub plans to open Jefe's Tacos & Tequila, at TOWN Brookhaven, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. The new resto will focus on authentic Mexican cuisine and is slated to open this fall in the former Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar space.

Buckhead’s Joy Cafe will relocate to Midtown, “just a few blocks” from the Alta Midtown residential building by late summer or early fall, according to a comment on Alta’s Facebook page. The restaurant’s owners confirmed the move but have not released any further details.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Quick Bites: Sublime Doughnuts opens in Druid Hills, The Pecan closes, and more

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2016 at 9:31 AM

MOM AND POPS: King of Pops will sell eight-popsicle gift boxes with special Mother's Day flavors from Fri., May 6 through Sun., May 8 at the Inman Park window. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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  • MOM AND POPS: King of Pops will sell eight-popsicle gift boxes with special Mother's Day flavors from Fri., May 6 through Sun., May 8 at the Inman Park window.

A local feline enthusiast will partner with PAWS Atlanta and The Gathering Industries to develop Atlanta’s second cat café. The proposed concept, which could open by fall 2016, involves patrons paying a fee to enter the "cat lounge," where they would enjoy an hour with the kitties and a cup of specialty coffee.

Sublime Doughnuts’ second location in Druid Hills (2566 Briarcliff Road N.E.) is now open and operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week bringing doughnut delight at every time of day.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Three friends with a photo of Tom Hanks and 24 hours to kill walk into the Majestic

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 12:32 PM

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Late last year, four friends decided to spend an entire day at the Majestic Diner and document their experiment in agonizing detail. This is their story.

IN UNRELATED NEWS, I SPENT 24 HOURS AT THE MAJESTIC DINER

The 24-hour diner is a staple of American cuisine. Whether it be for brunch with your entire extended family, or for a late night gorging session to settle down that belly full of liquor, the 24-hour diner caters to almost any gastronomic need. But I ask you, dear reader, have you ever used such an establishment’s hours to the limit of its offerings, spending a full 24 hours in such a place? I, Matt Gaynes, and my accomplices Jeff Ader and Michael Maida, decided to give it a try. And I have never experienced a greater day—nor every permutation of the word “uncomfortable” — in my entire life.

PROLOGUE: THE MORON’S RUSE

I can hear your inevitable question: why on Earth did you do this? While the idea started out as a joke, the more people we told we were thinking of doing this, the more compelled we felt to be true to our word. We were also looking to break the routine of our prototypical weekend. Finally, we’re morons who end up doing strange, strange things for the sake of a good story. After a few weeks of preparation and planning (I lied. It was months. Months of planning. That just sounds so embarrassing…), the three of us set a date of Saturday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. to enter Atlanta’s historic Majestic Diner, not to leave until Sunday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m.

What we will henceforth refer to as the experiment consisted of three rules:

1) No leaving
2) No sleeping
3) Phones remain in airplane mode

Also of note: we decided not to divulge our plans to the staff of the Majestic prior to our arrival. We did, however, agree that if prompted, we would be honest and straightforward. Honesty is always the best policy. Sometimes. 

What follows is our account of the experiment, to the best of our damaged memories.

All the names of the employees and staff members of the Majestic have been changed, not for fear of defamation, but simply because we never asked them for permission. We feel it only polite. Also, I just really like making up names (Please note: the staff at the Majestic was nothing short of phenomenal during our stay. If not for their hospitality and encouragement, I fear we would not have made it. This is a much overdue thank you to them). So take it from three morons. Here’s our story.

Read the rest of their story here.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Quick Bites: Manuel's set to reopen midsummer, Gwinnett gets a distillery, and more

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 9:05 AM

BREWS AND BITES: Hop City's Kraig Torres and The Spotted Trotter's Kevin Ouzts will create a beer garden for Phase II of Avalon. - JAMES CAMP/CL FILE
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  • BREWS AND BITES: Hop City's Kraig Torres and The Spotted Trotter's Kevin Ouzts will create a beer garden for Phase II of Avalon.

Gunshow’s “Hired Guns” series continues with badass chef de cuisine Brian Baxter of HUSK in Nashville, Tennessee, who will grace the Atlanta restaurant’s kitchen on Sun., May 22 and Mon., May 23. Chefs Kevin Gillespie and Joey Ward will cook alongside Baxter both nights.

The renovation of Manuel's Tavern is slated to be complete this summer by Fri., July 22. The new space will have retail area outdoor seating areas.

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