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In the high-rise Metropolis condominium building at 8th and Peachtree, a second location of Fadó Irish Pub is slated to open in time for the 2015 St. Pat's Day festivities. March 12 is the target date. Like its older sibling in Buckhead, this Fadó is powered by Guinness and will stay open to the wee hours. Fadó Irish Pub, Metropolis, 933 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, no phone.
Italian restaurant Colletta has opened in Alpharetta’s Avalon. The menu from executive chef Michael Perez highlights pizza and pasta. Perez and team will make all pasta and even cheeses in-house. There's talk of an in-house curing chamber for crafting salumi, taking "from scratch" yet another step. The all-Italian wine list covers the peninsula and provides notable choices in a variety of price ranges and styles. Colletta, Avalon, 900 3rd St., Alpharetta, GA 30009, 678-722-8335.
Charleston's Oak Steakhouse has launched an Atlanta area outpost in Alpharetta's Avalon with Chad Anderson as its executive chef. The recently opened upscale living/shopping/dining development has lured a number of in-town establishments to its confines, and from out of state, Oak Steakhouse. With an emphasis on seasonally driven produce and locally grown raw materials, plus its reliance on Prime certified Angus beef, Oak Steakhouse should draw beef enthusiasts from all over the metro area. Oak Steakhouse, Avalon, 950 3rd St., Alpharetta, GA 30009, 678-722-8333.
Antico Pizza Napoletana and its companion operation Caffè Gio, a gelateria and pasticceria, have opened in Alpharetta's upscale Avalon development. The pizza establishment has a popular location in Midtown, and its new outpost has attempted to re-create some of the same atmosphere and offers better parking. Caffè Gio also serves panini and other kinds of Italian street fare. Antico Pizza Napoletana, Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, GA 30009, 770-674-8811.
Formerly executive chef at ECCO and Latitude, chef Micah Willix has opened Community Smith in Midtown. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The rooftop space, to be known as The Garden at Community Smith, will open on March 20 with a capacity of 300 seats and a 20-tap brew program. Reared a vegan, Willix emphasizes proteins from humanely raised animals and offers a challenging wine list and lots of bottled craft brews. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Community Smith, 866 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, 678-412-2402.
University of Georgia alums and brothers Alan and Ryan Pope have opened The Place in Athens, Georgia, virtually right across the street from the iconic Arch. Naming the restaurant after their name for their grandfather's Atlanta-based car dealership, the brothers offer what they call refined Southern fare; for example, braised pork shoulder with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. A classic cocktails program also is available. The lower level is for the main service, while upstairs high-top table and bar seating provide a more casual feel. Décor on both levels features rustic wood elements. The Place, 229 E. Broad St., Athens, GA 30601, 706-850-2988.
Jittery Joe's coffee shop opened in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. With nine locations in Athens, Georgia, where the operation is headquartered, and four more outside of Athens, Jittery Joe's has acquired a reputation for extensive roasting expertise using the highest quality coffee beans. This outpost offers coffee in light, medium and dark varieties; coffee beverages; pastries by 181 Sweets; and retail products, too. The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, 181 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-659-0400.
Chef Kevin Ouzts has a reputation for offering quality cured meats at his retail shop, The Spotted Trotter. Now he adds to it a retail fresh-and-cured meats operation and a restaurant, The Cockentrice in the Krog Street Market. This establishment will serve as a showcase for Ouzts's hand-crafted products, including fresh sausages, salumi, jars of chicken liver pâté and, perhaps, crepinettes. Dinner Tues.-Sat. The Cockentrice, Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Ste. V, Atlanta, GA 30307, 470-428-2733.
Another venture from Legacy Restaurant Partners is Twin Smokers Barbecue & Bourbon in downtown Atlanta's Luckie Marietta District. The restaurant's name, “Twin Smokers,” refers to its two custom red Oyler 700 smokers: one for chicken and pork and the other for beef. The restaurant also boasts its own “wood library” for the mesquite and post oak (for beef) and hickory and white oak (for chicken and pork). The 4,000-square-foot restaurant is helmed by executive chef Chris Blobaum (Bone’sOK CaféBlue Ridge Grill). Lunch & Dinner daily. Twin Smokers Barbecue & Bourbon, 300 Marietta Bldg., 300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, 404-698-4707.
Gravy in Grant Park offers a range of contemporary Southern dishes, from New Orleans jambalaya to low country shrimp and grits. Most of the selections are already standards on Atlanta menus, so we suggest exploring the rarely seen but worthy Country Captain (a chicken dish with curry and currants) and Pine Bark Stew (catfish filet and tomatoes). Lunch Sat., Dinner Mon.-Sat. Gravy, 465 Blvd. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, 404-343-2450.
Through his Resurgens Hospitality Group, Linton Hopkins, chef/owner of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House, has assumed management of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s cafe, now called The Cafe at Linton's in the Garden. Its menu focuses on natural meats and local produce. Hopkins, who is a frequent guest chef at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market in Buckhead, views "farm-to-table" as an ethic, rather than just as a way of cooking. The garden's renovation project won't be completed until 2017, but as part of that process, the cafe will morph into Linton's in the Garden, a full-service restaurant filling two stories of the contemporary glass building. When that is completed, the current cafe will house offices. The Cafe at Linton's in the Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-585-2061.
Thirteen Pies at Buckhead Atlanta represents the company's first foray outside of Fort Worth, Texas, where it was founded. Wood-burning ovens turn out a range of pies, the thirteenth of which changes every six weeks or so --- think a lobster affair with Gouda and way too many other ingredients. The best way to enjoy this establishment is to round up at least three good friends so plates may be shared as both the final tab and the portions are daunting for solo dining. Lunch & Dinner daily. Thirteen Pies, Buckhead Atlanta, 250 Buckhead Ave., Ste. 317, Atlanta, GA 30305, 678-791-1313.
Atlanta chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere have opened the newest outpost of Bantam + Biddy at Buckhead's Lenox Square Mall, the fourth location of the fast, casual, healthy concept. All units offer the same regionally grown pastured poultry and organic, seasonal vegetables. The Lenox Square Mall edition also has an espresso bar serving Batdorf & Bronson coffee. For more information, visit Bantam + Biddy, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-841-7559.
Top Chef alum Eli Kirshtein has opened The Luminary in Atlanta Atlanta native and “Top Chef: Las Vegas” alum Eli Kirshtein has opened his first restaurant, The Luminary, at Krog Street Market. A protégé of Richard Blais and Kevin Rathbun and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Kirshtein describes his place as an American brasserie with regional influences; the moniker comes from the name of Atlanta’s historic first newspaper. The Luminary features a classically inspired menu putting an American slant on a traditional French concept --- think favorites like steak frites and croque monsieur, and more adventurous selections such as roasted chicken hearts and chicken liver mousse. It also has a sizeable raw bar, craft beer and cocktail program, and 400-square-foot patio space. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and will expand its hours and begin serving lunch in the coming weeks. The entire Krog Street Market will open in the fall, but The Luminary is the first restaurant to debut. Dinner Tues.-Sat. The Luminary, Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Ste. Y, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-600-6199.

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Valenza Restaurant Offers Special Menus
In Italian tradition, Sunday is the day when families gather for a meal. While still offering the regular Valenza dinner menu, the restaurant marks each Sunday night for “Notte di Famiglia” where chef Matt Swickerath will prepare a family-style supper including choices for children. In addition, Valenza features regional wines by the carafe for $20 or half carafe for $10. For reservations or additional information, call 404-969-3233. Dinner nightly. Valenza Restaurant, Village Parkplace Brookhaven, 1441 Dresden Dr. NE, Ste. 100, Atlanta, GA 30319, 404-969-3233.
Southern Sunday Suppers at HAVEN
Every Sunday evening, HAVEN will offer fried chicken Sunday Supper featuring crispy fried Springer Mountain chicken served with buttermilk biscuits and a choice of two sides including whipped potatoes, braised greens or mac ‘n’ cheese for $22. The regular dinner menu and HAVEN’s D’Vine Sundays wine special will also be offered. For reservations or additional information, call 404-969-0700. HAVEN, Village Parkplace Brookhaven, 1441 Dresden Dr. NE, Ste. 100, Atlanta, GA 30319, 404-969-0700.
Wahoo! Grill Opens Adjacent Specialty Store
Located adjacent to Wahoo! Grill is Wahoo! Wine & Provisions, selling a wide variety of specialty foods and wines. Georgia items will be a focus. The store also stocks food- and wine-related gadgets and gimmicks, many making excellent gifts. The inventory includes more than 200 wines in bottles, four wines on tap and even growlers at various price points, ranging from everyday drinking to rare collectors wine. Open Tues.-Sun. Wahoo! Wine & Provisions, 1036 W. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, 404-687-9463.
JCT. Kitchen & Bar offers a fixed-price Sunday supper JCT. Kitchen & Bar's Fixed-Price Sunday Supper
JCT. Kitchen & Bar offers a fixed-price Sunday supper that features its famous deviled eggs and farm salad for the table, followed by a choice of several main dishes, three sides (also for the table) and a single dessert. Mains could include black skillet fried chicken, cast-iron roasted quail, and grass-fed-beef meatloaf, among other options. Sides lean toward Southern classics, such as mac 'n' cheese, green bean casserole and, of course, collard greens. Cost is $26 per person, plus tax and gratuity. JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Westside Urban Market, 1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Ste. 18, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-355-2252.
One Eared Stag’s Monday Night Fried Chicken
One Eared Stag chef Robert Phalen is joining with local brewer Monday Night Brewing to offer One Eared Stag’s Monday night fried chicken. An order will include three pieces of chicken and two side items for $15. Guests also may upgrade to a whole chicken for $22 and two whole chickens for $32. This special feast will take place Mondays starting at 5 p.m. One Eared Stag, 1029 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-525-4479.
OK Cafe Struck by Fire
OK Cafe, one of the city's longest running establishments having been founded in 1987, was struck by fire in the early hours of December 7, 2014. Popular for breakfast, as well as lunch, dinner and take-out, OK Cafe is part of the same company that owns the Atlanta steakhouse Bone's and Blue Ridge Grill, the latter located only steps away from OK Cafe. OK Cafe, 1284 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30327, 404-233-2888.
Cibo e Beve Supper Club
Cibo e Beve in Sandy Springs will host “The Cibo Supper Club” every Friday and Saturday night, with two seatings: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. These dinners will present an interactive dining experience as chef Linda Harrell will create a four-course weekly menu with accompanying wines so guests may expect a new culinary experience each week. The meal can include a variety of menu combinations, such as appetizers, paste, entrées and desserts. To start, bar manager Jonathan Turner will use the signature bar cart to discuss flavor profiles and interact with guests while constructing the evening's specialty cocktail. Harrell will talk about the dishes and wine pairings and why they are complementary. Cost is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The minimum reservation per table is six and the maximum is ten. Cibo e Beve, Belle Isle Shopping Center, 4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342, 404-250-8988.

Chef Shuffle

Having arrived in Atlanta from Chicago's Davanti Enoteca in July 2013, Jonathan Beatty took over the kitchen at ECCO from Craig Richards, who now helms Ford Fry's St. Cecilia. Beatty left ECCO at the end of January, and its owning organization, Fifth Group Restaurants, says it will conduct a national search for a replacement. We don't expect to see changes in the restaurant's philosophy, as it likely will continue to focus on Mediterranean and European fare, with house-made pasta and pizza at its core, but the specifics may as a new chef puts his or her stamp on dishes. ECCO, Atlanta Fencing Club Building, 40 Seventh St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-347-9555.
Aria's executive chef, Gerry Klaskala, has served as consulting chef for Atlas restaurant to open in January 2015 in The St. Regis Atlanta. Klaskala has tapped his former chef de cuisine, Christopher Grossman, to be executive chef of Atlas. Grossman, who has cooked not only at Aria but also recently completed a turn at Thomas Keller's The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., plans to tap into the area farmers markets for his produce and other raw materials. This should be an exciting launch for the 2015 new restaurant season. Atlas, The St. Regis Atlanta, 88 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, no phone.
Zeb Stevenson is leaving his post at The Brasserie & Neighborhood Cafe at Parish to take over the helm of the kitchen at Watershed on Peachtree in the wake of the departure of longtime chef Joe Truex. Truex grabbed an opportunity to take a new assignment in Dubai. Watershed on Peachtree, The Brookwood, 1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-809-3561.
Watershed on Peachtree's chef Joe Truex departed in in order to leave for Dubai. The opportunity came when a former server at his restaurant, Repast, moved to Dubai, married and started a pizza operation there. When the couple decided to upscale the place and rebrand it, they reached out to Truex to come over as their consultant. Watershed on Peachtree, The Brookwood, 1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-809-3561.


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No one can have it all, and Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q have come to realize that in a most bittersweet way. Their business has grown so rapidly that the brothers, now the official source of barbecue for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team, closed Big Tex Decatur to devote that space and all their energies to producing the barbecue without suffering any loss of quality. So effective November 3, 2014, Big Tex Decatur closed, but the brothers will retain use of the space for the foreseeable future. Attention will now focus on completing the build-out of the new catering/commissary facility on Ottley Drive. But the brothers hope to be back in Decatur sometime in the future. Perhaps (we can only hope) the Big Tex Decatur space can one day become an outpost of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Big Tex Decatur, 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, 404-377-3939.

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