King + Duke is finally upon us: T-minus 3 days until Ford Fry's new restaurant with a wood-burning hearth opens at 3060 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. The prolific chef and his team - which includes executive chef Joe Schafer and pastry chef Chrysta Poulos - has plucked Paige Lane from Midtown seafood spot Lure to lead the cocktail program.
Henry's, the new Midtown restaurant from Peasant Restaurants owner Maureen Kalmanson, is quickly taking shape. After shuttering Peasant Bistro on April 18, Kalmanson has turned her attention to the high traffic of Midtown, which also houses her Italian eatery Campagnolo. The design of Henry's (132 10th St.), the vision of Jeffrey Bruce Baker, will be highly detailed, with reclaimed barn wood, dark tones, and lots of built-in storage. They've also filed a permit for a multi-level deck that will cantilever around existing trees and shrubs and allow water runoff. The non-smoking American eatery should open by June.
Hola Mexican Cantina will officially open in place of the shuttered Decatur Diner (205 E. Ponce De Leon Ave.) on Monday, May 13. The color-splashed eatery will serve inventive items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including blue corn waffles with tequila syrup and strawberries, aged sirloin Benedict, fried lobster tail tacos, and crispy chicharron and pork carnitas.
Up-and-coming Atlanta bartender Bradford Tolleson, formerly of Pura Vida, recently landed the head bartender position at Restaurant Eugene. While the cocktail menu will continue to be created and critiqued collectively by all bartenders from Eugene and Holeman & Finch under the direction of Greg Best, Tolleson says that moving forward, guests can expect "well-curated, elegant drinks that forgo silly names and change constantly to fit each day perfectly. "
Nick Melvin, the chef alum of the Farmhouse at Serenbe, Parish, Empire State South, and Rosebud - who's in the process of opening his own restaurant, Garden District, later this year - has taken to making gourmet pickles. His new company, Doux South, dresses up organic produce like turnips, tomatoes, and black-eyed peas, with tasty sauces and brines. Find the products, from Angry Cukes to Chow Chow, at the Peachtree Road, East Atlanta, and Morningside farmers markets.
Less than five months after Victory Sandwich Bar opened its second locale in Decatur, the original outpost will be no more. The popular Inman Park restaurant was recently served with a 90-day notice to vacate its spot at 280 Elizabeth St. to make way for a new mixed-use development. So be sure to load up on Jack 'n' Coke slushies, mini sandwiches, and fancy nuts before they heave-ho on July 6.
PushStart Kitchen, the popular supper club hosted by husband-and-wife duo Cristina and chef Zach Meloy, is now focused on opening a new brick-and-mortar restaurant. The Meloys are hoping to raise $50,000 over the next month via Kickstarter for the new 40-person eatery.
After a seven-year run in downtown Atlanta, Peasant Bistro - the last of the remaining Pleasant Peasant restaurants started by Serenbe founder Steve Nygren - has shuttered. Owner Maureen Kalmanson has another eatery in Midtown, Campagnolo, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary on April 10. Kalmanson is also planning to open another Midtown eatery, Henry's, in the former Mint3 Thai & Sushi space this summer.
Last week, chef Zeb Stevenson announced that he will leave Livingston (659 Peachtree St.), the fine dining restaurant at Midtown's Georgian Terrace Hotel in July. After four years as executive chef, Stevenson feels he's reached the limits of this position. No news yet on his replacement or where Stevenson will ultimately land.
Downtown's Pencil Factory Flats & Lofts has a new fast-casual, healthy Asian restaurant. Boasting tons of parking at 349 Decatur St., Chow Bing serves up (mostly) gluten-free dishes incorporating sustainable seafood, all cooked to order, at affordable price points. It's "responsible Chinese food," (that means no MSG!), according to owner Gary Lin, who is a native of Fugian, China and also the proprietor of Sandy Springs' R Rice restaurant and Papa Chow on Camp Creek Parkway. At Chow Bing, expect build-your-own "burrito" bowls, lobster Philly wontons, sesame fries, soups and salads as low as $2.25.
Woodfire Grill (1782 Cheshire Bridge Road) has hired a new pastry chef in Canoe and Chicken and the Egg alum Karie Brown. Brown's desserts have delighted countless foodies across Atlanta, as the Le Cordon Bleu-educated cuisinier has made her way through the local restaurant scene with stints at Repast and with pastry chef Heather Hurlbert, to boot. Her international experience, including early childhood memories savoring her first sweets from authentic German bakeries, makes her an expert in nostalgic but nuanced desserts.
BurgerFi (1520 Avenue Place) has officially debuted in Emory Point. The Florida-based restaurant chain, with dozens of locations around the country, has built a tried-and-true brand on all-natural burgers, Kobe beef hot dogs, craft beer and wine offerings and earth-friendly practices. We dare you to resist the red velvet milkshake.
Chef Todd Richards - formerly of the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, currently of The Shed at Glenwood, and soon to helm the Wildflower later this year - was crowned the winner of Ron Eyester's second annual Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival, held April 13 at his Morningside restaurant Rosebud. Coming in second for their own renditions of fried chicken were Matt Swickerath of Brookhaven's Valenza and Scott Weaver of Atlantic Station's forthcoming Chick-a-Biddy, respectively.
Chef Daniel Chance, top toque at Maureen Kalmanson's Midtown Italian eatery Campagnolo, has taken top honors at the 36th annual Vidalia Onion Festival, held April 14 in Vidalia, Ga. He was crowned champion of the second annual Golden Onion professional cooking competition, thanks to a savory scallop-stuffed Vidalia with onion puree.
Whiskey Blue Atlanta will soon launch its Sundaze events for the summer 2013 season. Held on the WET Deck of the W Atlanta - Buckhead hotel, the series will treat Sunday revelers to DJ beats, gourmet eats, chilled towels, and "deep-end" cocktail service, starting May 5. Guests can also grab up extras like Champagne and boozy popsicles. Order them on arrival, because they go fast.
Earlier this week, Green Olive Media tweeted that Atlanta rapper-actor-restaurateur Ludacris will soon be collaborating with One Flew South chef Duane Nutter on yet another Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport restaurant. Ludacris' first airport concept, Chicken & Beer, should appear later this year, but his "hard-rocking" second restaurant will serve travelers at the world's busiest airport starting in January 2014.
Nearly a year in the planning, chef Bruce Logue will finally open his Inman Park Italian restaurant, BoccaLupo, at 5:30 p.m. on April 15. His team has transformed the former home of Sauced at 753 Edgewood Ave. into a modern industrial scheme complete with rustic wood, gray walls, and white enamel fixtures. Expect old standards from Logue's former post at La Pietra Cucina, like his famous black spaghetti, as well as authentic new dishes featuring produce gathered from the on-site garden. A special "en brodo" menu will be served on Fridays and Saturdays - essentially, a noodles-in-broth dish that's Italy's answer to ramen. Logue's former La Pietra Cucina colleague Questa Olsen-Lewis will lead the bar with a pairing programing set to include reasonably priced wines, domestic beers, and Italian spirits.
Empire State South executive chef Ryan Smith has announced his radical decision to leave the Midtown restaurant by late 2013. He will join Jen and Ryan Hidinger's forthcoming Staplehouse restaurant, a concept four years in the making - as previewed via their successful underground supper club series, Prelude to Staplehouse. It's a family affair, as Smith's fiancee (and Ryan Hidinger's sister), Kara Hidinger, will depart Abattoir to join the new Staplehouse team. No official location has been announced.
Chef Angus Brown is returning at last to his late-night East Atlanta restaurant, Octopus Bar (560 Gresham Ave.). To mark Brown's return, the bar will resume its regular six-days-a-week operating hours. But making an entrance isn't the only trick up Brown's sleeve; he's also planning to open a new lunch, dinner and late-night dining concept, OCTOPUS, with partner Nhan Le later this year.
Following the shuttering of Curly's Fried Chicken on the Westside in February (it replaced what was formerly LeRoy's Chicken), the building at 1021 Howell Mill Road has a new tenant. Ben's Brown Bag has set up shop, serving takeout-only sloppy Joes, BLTs, pork sandwiches, broasted potato chips and more with a dose of humor. Considering the location's checkered past, we'll have to wait and see if this spot will last, but we do know Eat It, Atlanta is rooting for it.
Treat your late-night hankerings with Old Fourth Ward's new Kabu's Kebabs cart, now infiltrating the back patio of Noni's Bar and Deli at 357 Edgewood Ave. The cart serves Turkish delights from midnight till 3 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night.
Chef Hector Santiago shocked the foodie community last December when he announced that his longstanding restaurant Pura Vida would close after 12 years in Poncey-Highland. However, it appears that Santiago is ready to dust off his toque and return to the kitchen. After traveling through Peru and Chile, the chef is back in Atlanta and currently scouting locations for his new burrito restaurant, with plans for another Latino concept on the horizon, LuxeCrush reports.
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.
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.
Beep Beep Gallery's Mark Basehore and James McConnell have joined forces with two Brooklynites to open MOTHER, a new gastropub at 447 Edgewood Ave. Working with artist Matt Relkin and The Woods restaurateur Jason Radich, Basehore and McConnell have transformed a 130-year-old brownstone down the street from Sister Louisa's Church into a spacious bar and restaurant complete with patio seating. The buildout is nearly complete, and should be polished up in time for an opening some time this week.
Meanwhile, Yumbii owner Carson Young is also eyeing Beltline real estate. Young hopes to eventually open a shipping-container café along the Beltline, and says the off-the-beaten-path location is ideal for the humble outpost. For now, Young has his sights set on 10th & Peachtree, and has released these enticing renderings of the future restaurant where Yumbii will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Carver's Country Kitchen will not close at the end of the month, as previously reported. Owner Sharon Carver plans to resurrect her Southern meat-and-two one block from Carver's current location in October.
Perla Taqueria plans to open a sister restaurant, Cous Cous, at 560 Dutch Valley Road. We're expecting a more casual ambience than its predecessors, Allegro and Amuse!, plus savory Mediterranean cuisine geared toward the lunch crowd.
We've had our eye on it for a year, and at last, the long-awaited Bhojanic Buckhead is expected to open this week at The Shops Around Lenox.
East Coast Seafood Market is officially open in East Atlanta Village. The dive-y new spot serves up fish, shrimp, crab legs, oysters, crawfish, gumbo and more for dine-in or carry-out on Flat Shoals Avenue. Patrons have the option of purchasing their seafood raw or cooked, and extensive catering options are available.
The ever-elusive Holeman & Finch burger, usually reserved for a resourceful two dozen folks on weeknights and Saturdays after 10 p.m., will soon be offered as a concession at Turner Field, Southern Living reports. Starting April 1, Braves fans can order from an extremely limited but gratifying menu with only three items: the famous burger, hand-cut fries, and a Coca-Cola classic.
New details on chef Chris Hall's next restaurant have come to light. The newly announced venture, named Common Quarter, will be located in East Cobb's in-the-works Johnson Ferry Road development.
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