On Wednesday, Ben's Brown Bag announced via Facebook that it would cease operation at 1021 Howell Mill Road. The drive-up restaurant, known for serving burgers made with Brasstown Beef and top-notch chicken sandwiches, opened in April on a precarious slice of real estate that previously housed Leroy's Fried Chicken and Curly's Fried Chicken. Owner Ben Pierce tells CL that the customer traffic following his announcement has been especially heavy, but he still plans to shutter after Friday, with designs to resurface soon. In the meantime, Pierce hopes to take on consulting work with other restaurants.
Better Half, the brick-and-mortar restaurant from PushStart Kitchen founders Zach and Cristina Meloy, is slated to open on December 16, Zach tells CL. Originally slated to open in late summer, the Home Park eatery - located at 349 14th Street - will feature Southern-Latin cuisine. The construction process has been documented on PushStart Kitchen's Facebook page. Click here to check it out.
MetroFresh will soon close its Atlanta Botanical Garden offshoot, What Now, Atlanta reports. The second location of the Midtown-based "fresh fast food" restaurant opened in the Garden House during the Spring of 2011, serving healthful and sophisticated soups, salads, and sandwiches. After January 4, owner (and actor) Mitchell Anderson will shift his focus to the flagship location at 931 Monroe Drive.
Midtown mainstay Gilbert's Cafe & Bar (219 10th St.) will shutter tonight after 14 years of service. On December 7, the restaurant will reopen as G's, a "new American gastropub" offering comfort foods from executive chef Javier Viera. A variety of new offerings and rustic-industrial decor will update the 1,500-square-foot, Piedmont Park-side eatery, which will remain open seven days a week.
Flip Burger Boutique's fourth location quietly opened at in Poncey-Highland last week, filling the vacancy left when fellow Richard Blais eatery HD1 shuttered in August. Boasting an open-air, rooftop patio, the modern burger concept is bringing a slew of new menu items to the neighborhood - inventive burgers and sides and liquid nitrogen milkshakes - but retains many of the HD1 favorites that were its predecessor's biggest sellers.
Parish Foods & Goods will soon undergo rebranding at the hands of chef Zeb Stevenson, who departed Livingston as executive chef back in May. In early 2014, Stevenson will revamp the restaurant's philosophy and menu as Parish's new executive chef. An "über-talented mixologist" is also scheduled to join Parish in January.
Top Flr has named Michael Kelso as its new executive chef. Kelso, who previously worked at the Lawrence and replaces Travis Carroll, arrived in October, but is already quietly putting his finesse on Top Flr's dinner-to-late-night bistro fare.
After two and a half years at the W Atlanta Downtown, chef Cyrille Holota has left BLT Steak for a new job in Bora Bora, the AJC reports. No word yet on Holota's replacement.
Ryan Pernice and Ted Lahey of Table & Main have officially opened their long-awaited new restaurant, Osteria Mattone, at 1095 Canton St. in Roswell. It features regional Italian fare influenced by travels to Rome, New York, and Naples, comprising pastas with ingredients such as oxtail, pecorino, and pancetta, as well as "traditional Roman dishes" such as antipasti with Italian speck and prosciutto, or fried risotto with tomato and mozzarella. A substantial wine list by sommelier Daniel Pernice rounds out Osteria's offerings with a collection of mostly Italian varietals.
Octopus Bar chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le are opening a new restaurant, Lusca, at 1829 Peachtree Road in south Buckhead. The eatery will offer full-service lunch and dinner in a "simple and open" atmosphere, offering seasonally driven dishes and an extensive raw bar. Brown tells CL that he hopes to have Lusca open by March 2014.
Stem Wine Bar is now open in East Cobb. The concept from Seed Kitchen & Bar's Doug Turbush serves more than 45 different grape varietals chosen by sommelier Jason Raymond. The restaurant's menu - the work of Turbush with chef de cuisine Brendan Keenan - is composed of small plates like French onion fondue, roasted marrow bones, and tuna crudo.
Better Half, the forthcoming brick-and-mortar restaurant from PushStart Kitchen founders Zach and Cristina Meloy, is on track to open at
1220 Foster 14th and State Streets this December. The Meloys are currently hiring front-of-house crew for the approachable eatery, which will feature adventurous dishes that combine Latin and Southern flavors.
After about a year of anticipation, Pallookaville opened its Avondale Estates brick-and-mortar on October 31. Housed within a Tudor-style building at 17 N. Avondale Plaza, the eatery is an off-shoot of local celeb chef Jim Stacy's carnival-inspired corn dog cart of the same name. Pallookaville serves corn dogs made from a variety of sausages, a full-service soda machine, and moonshine milkshakes. The restaurant will be closed November 1-3, and reopen on Monday, November 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
In case you missed it, Morningside is getting a new Neapolitan pizza restaurant from Luca Varuni, a veteran pizzaiolo who previously worked at Antico Pizza. Varuni's restaurant, Varuni-Napoli, should open by December at 1540 Monroe Drive. He tells CL that "the goal [with Varuni-Napoli] is to stand apart from everybody else, especially Antico." Let the games begin.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams opened an Atlanta outpost last week next to Star Provisions at 1198 Howell Mill Road. This marks the Columbus, Ohio-based craft ice creamery's first foray into Georgia. The shop is currently scooping 22 flavors - including the limited-edition Cloverton cheesecake, double-toasted coconut, and Loveless biscuits with peach jam. Keep an eye out for Jeni's blue food truck, Street Treats, roaming the city, as well.
Though its Irwin Street Market location remains closed - and will apparently be replaced by a new restaurant instead of reopening - Bell Street Burritos opened a new outpost in Buckhead last week at 1816 Peachtree St. Meanwhile, owners hope to reopen the Irwin Street location elsewhere in Old Fourth Ward, and are open to suggestions regarding alternative spaces.
In case you missed it: Brian Lewis' pizza-centric Buckhead restaurant STG Trattoria closed unexpectedly on Saturday, October 12. A sign on the door indicates that the restaurant has only closed for renovations and will reopen October 27, but posts directly from chef Sean Telo suggest otherwise. Telo's updates reveal that the owners have decided to sell, amid speculation that Antico's forthcoming Buckhead outpost will soon take over the space. No word yet on where Telo will land.
Smoke Ring opened its bar
doors this week at 309 Nelson St. in Castleberry Hill. The industrial-rustic barbecue joint, complete with flat-screens for catching Falcons games, replaced what was formerly B. Beatty American soul food. Smoke Ring offers a haul of brisket and smoked pork barbecue options, pork rinds, dressed up pig ears, and more.
Wild Heaven Craft Beers, a longstanding local brew outfit launched by Nick Purdy (founding publisher of PASTE) and Eric Johnson in September 2010, has announced plans to build a full-production brewery in Avondale Estates. Set to open at 135 Maple St. in 2014, the 8,000-square-foot facility will house a 30-barrel brewing system - the same used in the past by SweetWater and Terrapin.
Matt Basford, the recent chef de cuisine and longtime sous chef of Canoe, has been promoted to the role of executive chef, filling the shoes of mainstay Carvel Grant Gould. No word just yet on where Gould will land. Details as they arise.
Tom Catherall's newest Brookhaven restaurant, Shucks Oyster Bar (705 Town Blvd., Suite 320), is slated to open on Thursday, October 10, with Catherall's sons Ryan and Nick taking the reins in the kitchen. The 1,200-square-foot space, which was inspired by dining experiences Catherall had in London, will feature a British vibe, with granite tables, a sailboat wheel, and patio seating for 28. Diverse and interesting oysters from Italy, France, and the UK will round out the menu, which also includes clams, crabs, shrimp, mussels, and more.
NYE Party at Smoke Ring with Sweet Auburn String Band. Come hang!
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