Marc Forgione has opened an Atlanta outpost of his beloved New York steakhouse American Cut. Located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, it offers a multi-level dining experience, including a rooftop terrace. Temptations for carnivores include the 40 oz. tomahawk chop. American Cut, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, 3035 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 770-415-9766.
Castellucci Hospitality Group has moved its Sandy Springs pizza operation to the heart of the Emory area. With Edwin Molina still at its helm, Double Zero Napoletana reopened as Double Zero in Emory Village. Double Zero continues to be a destination for Southern Italian fare focused on pasta and pizza. But accents are borrowed from other traditions, such as the ancho chile marinade on the octopus or the grilled kale salad, but then it does come adorned with ricotta salata, bringing everything back to its origins. Double Zero, Emory Village, 1577 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-991-3666.
Char Korean Bar & Grill in Inman Quarter brings Korean barbecue ITP (inside the Perimeter). Ryan Catherall, son of Atlanta chef Tom Catherall, heads the kitchen of this establishment, founded by former Craft Izakaya general manager Richard Tang. Sous chef is Shaun Byun. Southern meets Korean in such dishes as kimchi deviled eggs and Korean fried chicken, both bar bites. Adventurous diners will want to try the veal brain spread. Another departure from an authentic Korean barbecue experience: Dessert, with molten lava cake and gelati. Dinner nightly. Char Korean Bar & Grill, 299 N. Highland Ave. NE, Ste. S, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-525-2427.
Angus Brown and Nhan Le of Octopus Bar fame have opened 8 Arm. Breakfast and lunch patrons will be seated at a counter, while dinner guests will enjoy full table service. Brown will handle the latter mealtime with a small menu focused on vegetable fare. Eventually, a patio bar will be installed, serving until 2 a.m. 8 Arm, 710 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, No phone.
Subtitling itself as a "Craft American Sandwich Shop," Butcher & Brew sits adjacent to South Main Kitchen in historic downtown Alpharetta. From the same Maven Restaurant Group that brought forth South Main Kitchen, Butcher & Brew opened August 20, 2016, for VIP guests, and began dinner service August 22. Full service, including weekend brunch, will debut a week later, on August 29. Chef Christy Stone from South Main Kitchen also helms this operation. With 20 craft brews on tap, Butcher & Brew is sure to be a hit. Butcher & Brew, 3 S. Main St., Alpharetta, GA 30009, 678-585-3344.
Atlanta restaurateur Ricky Walia, who gained fame with his Masti Fun Indian Street Eats in Toco Hills, just opened Bombay Brasserie in Roswell. Following quickly thereafter, he again steps outside the Perimeter joining forces with the Thakkar Group to take over a large space, once home to Urban Spice. But this venture blends Indian cuisine with Latin American fare, affording diners an international fusion of cooking and culture. “My love for Indian cuisine is well known,” says Walia, who adds: “But I also love foods from South America, Central America and the Caribbean, and I want to incorporate elements of all of those into an exciting new experience unlike anything Atlanta has ever seen or tasted before.” Affairs features a traditional tandoor oven as well as a sigri, a small, open-flame stove, and the menu promises a plethora of aromatic dishes, including biryanis and dals (lentil stews). Lunch & Dinner daily. Affairs, 4120 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30005, 678-566-0169.
Clay Harper and Mike Nelson, who own La Fonda Latina and Fellini's Pizza, launched The Greater Good Barbecue in 2011 in Tucker, followed by the Buckhead location in 2013. On August 10, 2016, the team opened a third branch in a new development called Hosea + 2nd at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Hosea Williams Drive in Atlanta's Eastlake neighborhood. Now revitalizing, the Eastlake area is a prime target for redevelopment, and the new enterprise, which is one of several restaurants in the project, is the first to open its doors. The Greater Good Barbecue, Hosea + 2nd, 2358 Hosea Williams Dr., Atlanta, GA 30317, 404-377-0044.
Headquartered in Colorado but founded by friends from Alabama, Moe's Original Bar B Que specializes in Alabama-style barbecue complete with that state's classic white sauce. Moe's opened its original location near Georgia Tech in 2011, but is now planning an Atlanta area expansion. The first outpost to open is Roswell, scheduled for August 2016, to be followed by another in Carrollton. Lunch and dinner will be served daily. Moe's Original Bar B Que, 12020 Etris Rd., Ste. B140, Roswell, GA 30075, no phone.
Willie Degel of Food Network's "Restaurant Stakeout" has opened Uncle Jack's Meat House in Duluth. Degel has visited Atlanta several times and finds the city ready for his concept. The location's proximity to the Infinite Energy Arena, a venue attached to the Gwinnett Center, which houses a performance center and a convention center, was one reason for his having chosen that spot. Uncle Jack's Meat House, 6590 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Ste. 201, Duluth, GA 30097, 770-497-2400.
Busy Midtown restaurateurs Billy and Jenn Streck have opened Hampton & Hudson in Inman Quarter. Jason Hall, formerly of now-closed Max's Wine Dive and Mason Tavern on Clairmont Road in Decatur, heads the kitchen. Casual, sharable plates will include a pork terrine "Wellington," chicken liver mousse, chicken biscuit sliders and a chef's selection of house-made pickled vegetables; duck cassoulet is among the heftier choices. Many options are vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free. Some 20 craft beers will be offered. Hampton & Hudson, Inman Quarter, 299 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-948-2123.
Billy and Kristin Allin, owners and founders of Decatur's Cakes & Ale, tapped sous chef Bryan Stoffelen to be executive chef of Bread & Butterfly, their newest establishment. Located in the Inman Quarter development, Bread & Butterfly focuses on French fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is only closed Mondays. You can start as early as 7:30 a.m. weekdays with a proper omelet or go American with pancakes. Roast chicken, one of the best dishes we've had at Cakes & Ale, is on this menu, too. And there's a nice Cru Beaujolais to go with it on the almost all-French wine list. Bread & Butterfly, Inman Quarter, 290 Elizabeth St. NE, Ste. F, Atlanta, GA 30307, 678-515-4536.
Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft Reopens After Renovation
Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft has reopened following a renovation to the kitchen and bar. The restaurant specializes in street fare, although its Monday night fried chicken is very popular. Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft, Brookwood Village Shopping Center, 1745 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. Y, Atlanta, GA 30309, 678-539-6181.
Manuel's Tavern Reopens With Dinner Service
After months of archiving historic images and items, and lots of renovation, Manuel's Tavern, watering hole for students, politicians and former presidents occasionally, has reopened with dinner service. Lunch is soon to follow. The spot is nearly sacred turf for many Atlantans as, after 60 years in business and despite much wear and tear, it had become much beloved. The reopening on August 6, 2016, was timed to coincide with its 60th birthday. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-525-3447.
Rising Son Adding Dinner Service
Rising Son in Avondale Estates, a 1920s suburban Atlanta town, has been a hit with locals for breakfast and lunch, and will start dinner service on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Offerings will include a steak and a frequently changing menu of comfort fare, all at neighborhood-friendly prices. The wine list will be slightly expanded in support of the new mealtime. Rising Son, The Tudor Village, 124 N. Avondale Rd., Avondale Estates, GA 30002, 404-600-5297.
5Church Atlanta Begins Lunch Service
Although it's been open only a few weeks, the Atlanta location of Charlotte-based 5Church has already begun lunch service, which is offered Monday through Friday. The restaurant is situated in Colony Square and specializes in New American cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. 5Church Atlanta, Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361, 404-400-3669.
Bacchanalia & Star Provisions to Move
Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison announced that they'll move Bacchanalia and Star Provisions in 2017 to a building they will own independently. Star Provisions To Go will remain in its current location in the Westside Provisions District, and Little Bacch will end its short existence. Chef Joe Schafer will remain as executive chef for Bacchanalia. The new building will be erected at the Ellsworth Office Lofts site on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, about a mile and a half from the current location, and should be ready early in the year. Local firm Perkins + Will is the project's designer. With the addition of many new businesses at the Westside Provisions District, parking had become significantly constricted. Bacchanalia and Star Provisions have been at the Westside Provisions District since 1999. Bacchanalia, Westside Provisions District, 1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-365-0410.
Oak Steakhouse founding executive chef Eric Zizka will head north to Nashville to open the company's outpost of the restaurant in that city. Replacing him at the helm is Michael Perez, executive chef at Colletta, its sibling venue nearby. Perez will handle both establishments, with Oak sous chef Stuart Rogers, a founding team member, assisting. Oak Steakhouse, Avalon, 950 3rd St., Alpharetta, GA 30009, 678-722-8333.
Ford Fry has announced the departure of Wesley True as executive chef at The Optimist. True had gone to The Optimist from The Spence, now closed, after a brief tenure there, and lasted a bit more than a year at the helm. Pending the naming of a new chef, the corporate vice president of culinary operations, Drew Belline, will keep his hand on the stock pot. The Optimist, 914 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-477-6260 .
Brandon Bailey, former chef de cuisine at Cakes & Ale in Decatur, has taken over the top spot at Billy and Kristin Allin's newest restaurant, Bread & Butterfly, following the departure of its original chef, Bryan Stoffelen. Bailey, who has worked with Daniel Boulud as well as at numerous Atlanta restaurants, will likely approach any menu changes very slowly. Breakfast Tues.-Sun., Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Bread & Butterfly, Inman Quarter, 290 Elizabeth St. NE, Ste. F, Atlanta, GA 30307, 678-515-4536.
Shaun Doty has closed the Midtown unit of Bantam + Biddy and plans to reconfigure the space to open The Federal, which is scheduled to debut in November 2016. The concept will be wide ranging, with dishes from Doty's varied culinary experiences crafting a wildly eclectic menu. Bantam + Biddy, 1010 Midtown, 1050 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-835-6450.
Noted Atlanta chef Jay Swift has closed his 4th & Swift restaurant in the Southern Dairies building off North Avenue citing a precipitous drop in sales following the opening of Ponce City Market across the street and nearby Inman Quarter. Swift plans to devote his attention to Noble Fin, the Peachtree Corners operation he launched in May 2016. His son, Jeb Aldrich, serves as its executive chef. 4th & Swift, Southern Dairies, Bldg. B, 621 North Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, no phone.
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