Tutto Kitchen & Bar, located in the heart of downtown Roswell, opened at the end of November 2014. The Italian eatery uses only locally sourced and Italian-imported ingredients to craft a menu of shared plates and appetizers such as grilled octopus and veal meatballs; pasta and risotto dishes; and entrées like braised Colorado lamb shank and other weekly chef-chosen specials. Besides several signature cocktails and draft and crafts brews, Tutto's full bar offers a wine list with more than 70 wines by the glass and bottle. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tutto Kitchen & Bar, 942 Alpharetta St., Roswell, GA 30075, 678-878-2525.
Jim Stacy's popular Pallookaville Fine Foods will soon have a sibling operation limited to take-out in the Little Five Points area. A former hair salon yields to the newest Pallookaville at 1107 Euclid Ave. NE, and is anticipated to open in April or May 2015.
David Garcia and Abigail Quinn, teaming up with Billy and Kristin Allin of Decatur's Cakes & Ale, will open Proof Bakeshop in Inman Park this April. Garcia and Quinn currently head the bread and pastry programs for Cakes & Ale and the adjacent The Café at Cakes & Ale. Proof will offer counter service as a coffee shop and bakery while at the same time serving as the central kitchen and bakery for the Allins' growing organization, which will include Bread & Butterfly, slated to open in the fall of 2015, also in Inman Park. Proof Bakeshop, 100 Hurt St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, no phone.
Chef Ron Eyester's clutch of establishments has now grown beyond his Morningside triumvirate. On March 5, 2015, he opened Diner, his long-awaited contribution to dining in Atlantic Station, for lunch service. The opening menu featured such dishes as crab-stuffed shrimp, sorghum-roasted salmon, fried pork chops and a brisket and short rib burger, along with ice cream, cakes, pies and more. In designing the newcomer, Eyester had in mind the classic American diner. Serving breakfast all day, Diner will initially be open daily from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and will continue to expand. Diner, 264 19th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30363, 404-600-6151.
In the high-rise Metropolis condominium building at 8th and Peachtree, a second location of Fadó Irish Pub has opened. Like its older sibling in Buckhead, this Fadó is powered by Guinness and stays open to the wee hours. Fadó Irish Pub, Metropolis, 933 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-260-7910.
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.
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.
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.
Miller Union's Steven Satterfield On Top of His Game
On March 1, 2015, Miller Union's executive chef and co-owner Steven Satterfield launched his debut cookbook, "Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons." Its official release date was March 3. Nominated again for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Southeast, Satterfield offers in the book 175 recipes focused on vegetables, not because it's a vegetarian cookbook, but to celebrate vegetables. Satterfield explores sundry treatments of vegetables, from braising to pickling --- he's particularly good at pickling --- to canning to roasting. Chefs including Satterfield have discovered Sea Island (a coastal Georgia island) red peas. Swiss chard, chickpeas, Brussel sprouts, Vidalia onions and ramps in spring --- here's where you’ll want to eat the vegetables on your plate. Miller Union, 999 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 678-733-8550.
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'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.
When Joe Truex departed Watershed for Dubai, he started a chain reaction that has reached all the way to Charleston, S.C. Parish's Zeb Stevenson took over from Truex at Watershed, leaving an opening there. And to fill it, here comes Stuart Tracy, longtime chef at the Butcher & Bee in Charleston. Tracy, who as a high schooler worked at Harry's Farmers Market, now Whole Foods, turned in his toque March 7 at B & B, and will be replaced by longtime staffer Chelsey Conrad. The Brasserie & Neighborhood Cafe at Parish, The Shops at N. Highland Steel, 240 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-681-4434.
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation has appointed Andrew Litherland as executive chef of the resort. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Litherland served as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, where he emphasized fresh, local and seasonal fare on the menu. In his new capacity, Litherland will oversee the culinary outputs of the resort’s three restaurants: Linger Longer Steakhouse, Georgia’s Bistro and Gaby’s by the Lake. The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, One Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro, GA 30642, 706-487-0600.
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.
Ford Fry's Rocket Farm Restaurants is an organization on the move, with seven restaurants already rolling and here comes the eighth. Fry will take over the space abandoned by Abattoir, which owner Anne Quatrano closed on March 28. Fry is said to be preparing to open a steakhouse there. Well-established in the Westside, Fry has JCT. Kitchen & Bar in the same building that houses Quatrano's Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia and Star Provisions. Also in the area is his seafood operation, The Optimist, which will get a sister restaurant in Inman Park later this year. Hyper-busy Fry has just launched Superica, a Tex-Mex joint in Krog Street Market, and The El Felix in Alpharetta's Avalon development. Abattoir, White Provision Building, 1170 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-892-3335.
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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