Southern Proper Hospitality has opened Gypsy Kitchen in the new Buckhead Atlanta complex. The restaurant's mission is to bring to Atlanta a unique Spanish-style dining experience. Executive chef Randy Lewis offers a menu of tapas, small plates and larger entrées for communal-style meals. The dishes reflect the subtle regional differences that make Spanish cuisine unique. Accompanying the cuisine will be live Spanish music and Flamenco on the patio overlooking Peachtree Road. Gypsy Kitchen, Buckhead Atlanta, 3035 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-939-9840.
In November through his Resurgens Hospitality Group, Linton Hopkins, chef/owner of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House, will assume management of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s cafe, to be called Cafe at Linton's in the Garden. Its menu will focus 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. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, no phone.
Willy Bitter, CEO and founder of Willy's Mexicana Grill, has opened a 24th Atlanta-area outpost that boasts a patio for al fresco dining. The menu includes fresh-made California-style burritos, quesadillas, tacos, nachos and salads and a salsa bar. Known for its reliance on fresh ingredients, Willy's makes its guacamole and salsas twice a day. Vegetarian options are available, too. For dessert, looks for an array of Atlanta-founded King of Pops. Eventually, beer will be offered at this location. Lunch & Dinner daily. Willy's Mexicana Grill, Sandy Springs Plaza, 6309 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, GA 30328, 470-355-9596.
Another venture from Legacy Restaurant Partners, Twin Smokers Barbecue & Bourbon will open in November 2014 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 will be helmed by executive chef Chris Blobaum (Bone’s, OK Café, Blue Ridge Grill). Twin Smokers Barbecue & Bourbon, 300 Marietta Bldg., 300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, 404-698-4707.
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.
As Decatur continues to develop as a fine dining destination, owners Michael Lo and George Yu along with assistant general manager Damiano Pak have opened long-awaited Makan in the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown – Emory. Pronounced “ma-kun,” the word is an Indonesian or Malay term meaning “eat.” Inspired by Asian street food and traditional Asian comfort food that you might find in market stalls in cities like Hong Kong, Taiwan or Seoul, the cuisine is based on the threesome's culinary heritage. Yu is the executive chef, and he created a menu that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients in such dishes as Korean seafood pancakes and Taiwanese five-spice fried chicken. Large-format family meals and other communal dining opportunities will be a part of the scene. Future plans call for whole-animal cookouts on the patio and other exciting and exotic events. Lunch & Dinner daily. Makan, Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown - Emory, 130 Clairemont Ave., Ste. 100, Decatur, GA 30030, 404-565-4510.
The Pig & The Pearl has opened in Atlantic Station. The work of Cindy Shera, her spouse Todd Martin and chef Todd Richards, all of The Shed at Glenwood, The Pig & The Pearl fuses the workings and product of the smokehouse with the tastes and content of the raw bar. This unique chef-driven concept includes the sweet domain governed by pastry chef Megan Brent, who turns out off-the-wall desserts such as the signature chocolate milkshake and fries. The Pig & The Pearl, Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Ave. NW, Ste. 14180, Atlanta, GA 30363, 404-541-0930.
Smokebelly is a chef-driven barbecue joint from the team behind Tin Lizzy's Cantina and several other Atlanta restaurants. The executive chef for the operation is Darrell Rice, who also oversees the company's other venues. Rice plans on showcasing American barbecue influenced by techniques from several regions of the country, buttressed by an extensive craft beer and craft cocktail selection. Plans call for Sunday Gospel brunch to follow shortly after the restaurant’s opening, and the place’s own house band will perform classic rock from The Allman Brothers to Johnny Cash. Smokebelly, 128 E. Andrews Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-848-9100.
In 2005 Nadia DeMessa, a native of Jamaica, launched the city's first licensed dessert food truck, Yum Yum Cupcake & More. Now with a fleet of three trucks done up in dashing pink, she has opened a small (500 square feet) dessert bakery called Yum Yum Dessert Co. We're especially fond of the croissants, which sport the requisite flakey texture and buttery flavor. Lemon meringue tarts are another superior choice, and so are the chocolate versions. Cupcakes galore, of course, still rule, and now coffee service has been added, along with indoor and outdoor seating. Self-taught, DeMessa is proud to come from a long line of bakers. Yum Yum Dessert Co., 3792 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30342, 404-405-1999.
Timone's Closes Temporarily for Reconcepting
Timone's was conceived as a classic New York City Italian pizza joint. But it wasn't working, and being a smart chef, Ron Eyester knew it. So he temporarily closed Timone's and plans to reopen it as a New York deli in November 2014. Inspired by Eyester’s childhood on Long Island, the Morningside space will add a deli counter and menu that will include traditional Italian antipasto, deli meats (some produced in-house) and take-out selections. Timone’s will continue to make what Eyester calls "the most authentic New York pizza in the city," while also offering additional deli items sourced from premium producers. Dinner will feature five specialty dishes that will change weekly. Timone's, 1409 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, 404-809-2979.
Southern Soul Barbeque Launches Line of Hot Sauces
Expanding its line of handcrafted, small-batch sauces, Southern Soul Barbeque has launched four flavors of Georgia Heat Sauce. The sauces will be available for order online and in Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide. The heat sauces are made from authentic family recipes and use pure cane sugar, and the launch builds upon the success of the previous barbecue sauce line, featuring Sweet Georgia Soul Sauce and Hot Georgia Soul. Heat Sauce flavors include Balsamic Blueberry Hot Sauce made with Georgia blueberries and Red Savina habanero peppers; Charred Habanero Hot Sauce; Hot Red Cayenne Table Sauce; and Habanero Peach Sauce made with Georgia and South Carolina peaches. Lunch & Dinner daily. Southern Soul Barbeque, 2020 Demere Rd., St. Simons Island, GA 31522, 912-638-7685.
STATS Closes Temporarily Due to Fire
STATS, a popular downtown sports bar and restaurant, experienced a small hood fire and has closed for repairs and to correct any conditions that might have caused the event. STATS should reopen in the near future. Stay tuned. STATS, 300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, 404-885-1472.
Frites Grill Menu at Mimi's Cafe
Chef Katie Sutton, the head of the culinary team at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants, spent two months in France perfecting her version of the French frite that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The results can now be found on the Frites Grill menu, offering steak frites, grilled salmon & frites, grilled chicken & frites, mussels & frites, and roasted chicken & frites. For more information and locations, visit www.mimiscafe.com
Daily Specials at The Shed at Glenwood
In Grant Park, The Shed at Glenwood is now offering daily specials, with different features each day of the week (excluding Mondays when the restaurant is closed). Returning to the line-up is the very popular Slider Night on Wednesdays. Specials are as follows: Tuesday is a small plates menu ($3-$10); Slider Wednesday for eight different sliders offered for $3 each; Thursday is Brewer’s Dozen --- a dozen oysters (three ways), plus a beer for $12, also offering $7 PEI mussels steamed in white wine, garlic and cream; Friday and Saturday is Buy the Bottle --- ten-12 bottles of wine offered at $20 each; Sunday brunch for pitchers of mimosas, Bellinis and sangría, plus $7 specialty Bloody Marys; Sunday Supper is three courses of comfort food for $25 per person. The Shed at Glenwood, Glenwood Park, 457 Bill Kennedy Way, Atlanta, GA 30316, 404-835-4363.
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.
Cibo e Beve Launches Late-Night Friday-Saturday Menu
In case you dined early and find yourself famished at midnight on Friday or Saturday, Cibo e Beve has launched a late-night menu that will feed the late-arriving hungry from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the entire regular cocktail menu will also be available late-night. Small plates fare makes up the menu, with such dishes such as meatballs in pomorola sauce (a simple tomato sauce with onions and fresh basil); fried stuffed pastas from Storico Fresco; house sausages; and popcorn with bacon fat, Calabrese oil, white balsamic glaze and Reggianito. A couple of white and red pizzas will be offered, too, as will a cooling watermelon rind sorbeto for dessert. Cibo e Beve, Belle Isle Shopping Center, 4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342, 404-250-8988.
KR SteakBar Plans Expansion
KR SteakBar has announced plans to expand its space to include a private dining area able to seat up to 50 patrons. Plans call for an October 2014 opening. It will allow the restaurant to offer business conference dinners, social gatherings and, we hope, wine dinners. Dinner nightly. KR SteakBar, ADAC West, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-841-8820.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is Official Atlanta Falcons ’Cue
Fox Bros. Restaurant Group has partnered with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, through which Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q will be its official barbecue restaurant. The relationship will enable Jonathan and Justin Fox to bring their Texas-style Southern barbecue to Falcons’ tailgates, meet and greets, and special events throughout the 2014-15 season. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, 1238 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-577-4030.
Wine Classes at Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar
Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar has launched a series of wine classes that began Monday, April 21, 2014, with the topic "How to Drink Wine." For more information on the upcoming classes, call the restaurant at 404-343-2446. Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar, 980 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-343-2446.
Founding chef David Bradley has departed Lure, leaving a new opportunity for Brent Banda, formerly the executive chef at La Tavola Trattoria. Incoming in Banda's place at La Tavola Trattoria will be Justin Jordan, current sous chef at Lure. Banda has long been with Fifth Group Restaurants, beginning with his work at The Food Studio. Bradley's new post will be as chef and nutrition director for the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School. Lure, 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-817-3650.
When Joe Schafer departed King + Duke, it was certain he would turn up somewhere significant in Atlanta. Now that's known: it's Abattoir. When Hector Santiago took over there as executive chef, it was equally certain that would be a finite post, as Santiago surely would want another restaurant of his own. And now he's signed a letter of intent to open a restaurant in the Ponce City Market. The pair will work together until Santiago departs, giving Schafer time to get to know the team and to envision how he might put his stamp on some of the restaurant's fare. This change may result in the loss of some of the Latin-inspired flavors that had become popular under Santiago's governance, but we look forward to what Schafer may produce as his own mark. The transition gives Abattoir an executive chef with first-rate grilling skills and turns Santiago loose again to create something uniquely his. Atlanta wins all around. Abattoir, White Provision Building, 1170 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-892-3335.
Southern Proper Hospitality, which owns all the Tin Lizzy’s Cantina outposts, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Osteria Cibo Rustico and newly opened Smokebelly BBQ, has appointed Randy Lewis as executive chef for two new restaurants in Buckhead: Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman.
Founded in 1952, the Old Hickory House in Dunwoody has closed, leaving only the location in Northlake (2202 Northlake Pkwy., Tucker, 770-939-8621). At one time there were numerous Old Hickory House outposts all over the Atlanta area, including Buckhead and Ansley. But that number had dwindled to two, and now only one remains standing. Old Hickory House, Shoppes of Dunwoody, 5590 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30338, no phone.
The Sandy Springs branch of Ruth's Chris Steak House closed its doors on August 17, 2014, and will reopen in Fall 2014 in a new location in Alpharetta. Attracted by the opportunity for enormous event space, the franchisees --- Nancy Oswald, Mark Oswald, Jim Brooks and Phil Brooks --- will move into the huge (18,000 square feet) former Rainwater location on Haynes Bridge Road and its 2.3 acres, which they have purchased. In addition to extensive event space, the facility includes a wine room. The reopening will follow a million dollar renovation. Ruth's Chris Steak House, 5788 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30328, no phone.
As she prepares to open other culinary endeavors, Asha Gomez announced on her Facebook page the closing of her popular Cardamom Hill restaurant on July 28, 2014. While acknowledging that the restaurant gave her a platform for introducing Atlantans to the food of her native Kerala, India, she said: "But at the end of the day due to the seating limitations, it was a business model that just did not work." So on to other things: In the Studioplex enclave on Auburn Avenue, she has opened Spice to Table, which serves breakfast and lunch. Also on the drawing board is Spice Road Chicken, due soon in the Krog Street Market. Already established, The Third Space hosts chef demos, classes and other culinary-focused activities. Cardamom Hill, Berkeley Heights, 1700 Northside Dr., Atlanta, GA 30318, no phone.
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