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NEW RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA

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" will open Uncle Jack's Meat House in Atlanta in August 2016. 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, no phone.
 
Well-regarded chef Todd Richards, top toque at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, has opened his long-awaited Richards' Southern Fried in Krog Street Market. The delayed launch had been frustrating for chef Richards, who has also worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, and The Shed at Glenwood before becoming the executive chef at White Oak. Attendees at this year's Atlanta Food & Wine Festival were able to enjoy a preview sample of what he intends to purvey at this new spot. Richards' Southern Fried, Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Atlanta, GA 30307, 678-732-9594.
 
Ton Ton, a ramen spot from Guy Wong (Le Fat), has opened at Ponce City Market. Ton Ton, Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-883-3507.
 
Georgia wine enthusiasts moaned when BlackStock Vineyards went into foreclosure in 2012, but revival was not far behind. With new local owners and a substantial infusion of cash and creativity, Kaya Vineyard & Winery has launched in its place. A large outdoor deck has been added to the facility, whose windows capture views of the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains. At present, some nine wines are in production, with more expected. The operation grows its own Chardonnay, Viognier, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and more than 2,000 additional vines are being planted. Among the plans is a hotel whose construction should begin shortly. In anticipation of major culinary needs, Kaya Vineyard & Winery enticed away Le Vigne at Montaluce executive chef Sean Fritchle to head up the operation. Open Wed.-Sun. Kaya Vineyard & Winery, 5400 Town Creek Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533, 706-219-3514.
 
Asheville-based Tupelo Honey Cafe has opened its 13th unit and its first in Georgia in Sandy Springs. The core concept is Southern comfort fare, although much of the menu strikes us as Southern by just a hair's breadth. Expect grits "bowls" and pecan-crusted goat cheese. Brunch will be offered as of July 16 and lunch two days later. Dinner nightly. Tupelo Honey Cafe, Sandy Springs Gateway, 4600 Roswell Rd., Ste. 110, Sandy Springs, GA 30342, 404-649-6334.
 
Marc Forgione will open an Atlanta outpost of his beloved New York steakhouse American Cut. Located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, it will offer a multi-level dining experience, including a rooftop terrace. Temptations for carnivores will include the 42 oz. tomahawk chop and flambéed 52 oz. porterhouse. American Cut, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, 3035 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, no phone.
 
South City Kitchen has opened its Buckhead location in One Capital City Plaza. The project, involving 6,000 square feet of space, has been in the works for more than a year. The new South City Kitchen serves lunch Monday through Friday, dinner nightly and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Moving over from The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, Jason Starnes leads the kitchen team as executive chef. South City Kitchen's original location opened in Midtown in 1998, and another outpost is in Vinings. South City Kitchen, One Capital City Plaza, 3350 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-815-6677.
 
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.
 
Michael Dorf, founder of New York music venue Knitting Factory, is the driving force behind this unusual concept: a single space offering wine, produced and bottled on site, chef-driven cuisine and live music. The first City Winery opened in New York City in 2008, and there are locations in Chicago, Napa and Nashville, and now Atlanta. Executive chef Jeffrey McGar offers a globally influenced, wine-focused and locally sourced cuisine with Southern flair, featuring concert-friendly small plates and shareable dishes. Dinner service nightly launches the operation, with lunch to follow at an as-yet-undetermined time. Dinner nightly. City Winery, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-946-3791.
 
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.
 
Frankly in Atlanta is a cut above the crowd The Spotted Trotter owners Kevin Ouzts and his wife and business partner Megan launched Frankly in fall 2015 with a view toward selling themselves as well as sundry hot dog vendors in Atlanta the hot dogs they purvey. Attention to detail is everywhere, as this operation is a cut above the crowd. So the ketchup is Sir Kensington's and the chili is made in-house. Sausages also are on the menu, and none of the offerings break ten bucks. Frankly, Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 470-428-2509.
 
Justin Anthony of 10 Degrees South, Yebo and Cape Dutch has opened his long-awaited Biltong Bar. The menu offers South African pies filled with chicken curry, bobotie and vegetable curry, organic house-cured biltong (somewhat like beef jerky) and chicken potpie that we hope reminds us of Malaysian chicken pie. South African wines will be a focus, too. Lunch & Dinner daily. Biltong Bar, Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 678-515-0620.
 
Positioned as a little brother (or sister) to Ford Fry's The Optimist, BeetleCat has debuted in Inman Quarter in Inman Park. Executive chef Andrew Isabella is a Florida native and longtime fishing enthusiast, and has worked under Fry's mentorship for a while. Named for a 12-foot wooden gaff-rigged sailboat made since 1920 in New England by the Beetle family, the establishment offers small plates designed for sharing and anticipates a minimum of 12 varieties of oysters available daily. Fry's corporate executive pastry chef Chrysta Poulos is in charge of desserts. BeetleCat stays open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Fry, who now owns 10 restaurants in Atlanta and one, State of Grace, in Houston, Texas, has been opening eateries at a dizzying pace since launching his JCT. Kitchen & Bar. BeetleCat, Inman Quarter, 299 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 678-732-0360.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 in Avondale Estates will start dinner service 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.
 
FLIP burger boutique in Buckhead launched Lobster night on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, and will run this unusual special through Labor Day 2016 on Wednesdays starting at 5 p.m. The restaurant recommends you go early if you want to catch the $19.99 special as it's likely to sell out quickly. And to keep things fresh, when it's gone, it's gone. Besides a one-pound lobster with drawn butter, you get Old Bay-dusted potato chips and a Caesar salad for the money. Bibs included. FLIP burger boutique, Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center, 3655 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342, 404-549-3298.
 
Georgia Breweries Get National Recognition
After only five years in business, Marietta-based Red Hare Brewing has hit the jackpot after being named the fourth best brewery in the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship. It was the highest ranking Georgia brewery in the competition, having won five medals: two golds, one silver and two bronzes. Red Hare's SPF 50/50 and the Cotton Tale Pale Ale took the golds. Watership Brown Ale got the silver, and Sticky Stout and nonalcoholic Red Hare Root Beer received bronzes. But Number 5 on the Top 10 list was Cherry Street Brewing Co-op from Cumming, Ga. It took a gold for its O.A.S.I.S., an imperial stout, and for Wonderwall, a barrel-aged strong stout; and a bronze for Belgo Ruskie, a barrel-aged brew. Other Georgia breweries taking medals include Athens-based Terrapin Beer Co., one of the state's oldest craft breweries, Atlanta's Red Brick Brewing, Sweetwater Brewing and Monday Night Brewing, Alpharetta's Jekyll Brewing, and Coastal Empire Beer Company from Savannah.
 
Now Googie Freeze, Googie Burger Returns July 6
Throughout the month of June 2016, Googie Burger has been operating as a pop-up ice cream stand called Googie Freeze. On July 6, it reverts back to Googie Burger, with its full menu of burgers and chicken sandwiches – and ice cream, too. No decision has been made yet if this June concept change will become a permanent pattern in future years. Lunch & Early Dinner daily March to late Jan. Googie Burger, Centennial Olympic Park/Fountain of Rings, 265 Park Ave. W. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, 404-223-4664.
 
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.
 
Aria has re-opened after an extensive renovation New Look for Aria
Aria has re-opened after an extensive renovation. Stacey Kirby of Atlanta’s Seiber Design gave the popular Buckhead restaurant warm gray walls, bright canary yellow drapes and glowing backlit custom mirrors, along with new leather banquettes. An oversize antique mirror appoints the upstairs dining room and white oak tabletops serve the banquettes in the main dining room. Aria’s bar area is opened up with seating for casual diners (no reservations required), and features a new white marble bar top along a rich walnut bar. The plan is to reduce the formality of the previously stark white space, although the exterior still sparkles with its signature white tones. Aria, 490 E. Paces Ferry Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-233-7673.
 


UPDATES ON ATLANTA CHEFS

Ted Lahey left Osteria Mattone, where he had been chef/co-owner, and Chicago-born and New York-schooled Eric Sell was hired in his stead. With a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Sell has traveled through Asia and Italy to learn about ingredients and techniques, and comes to Atlanta from his post as executive chef of Creó in Albany, NY. One of his special gifts is freshly made pasta, which should merge nicely with the menu at Osteria Mattone. Osteria Mattone, 1095 Canton St., Roswell, GA 30075, 678-878-3378.
 
When David Berry returned to the restaurant business after a brief hiatus, he reclaimed his post at Horseradish Grill and then went on to head up the kitchen at Bellina Alimentari, newly opened in Ponce City Market. Now he has abandoned ITP (Inside the Perimeter) entirely for OTP (Outside the Perimeter) to oversee the stoves at a new operation that combines a restaurant with a music venue. MadLife Grill is located within MadLife Stage & Studios, which opened in spring 2016 in downtown Woodstock, and Berry has developed the menu. Anyone eager to reprise his North Carolina barbecue with slaw and Carolina-style barbecue sauce will find it on this menu. Pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, cornmeal-crusted fish and other iconic dishes of the contemporary Southern repertoire are among the small plates while larger dishes run from smoked chicken to steak, and include a seasonal vegetable and grain offering. Stick around for the music – this place brings the vibe of Midtown to the outer 'burbs. Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner Wed.-Sun. MadLife Stage & Studios, 8722 Main St., Woodstock, GA 30188, No phone.
 

ATLANTA RESTAURANT CLOSINGS


On Saturday, August 6, 2016, Double Zero Napoletana closed after dinner service at its Sandy Springs location (5825 Roswell Rd. NE) to get ready for its move to the space formerly occupied by Ink & Elm (Emory Village, 1577 N. Decatur Rd.) across from the entrance to Emory University. Because parking is so limited there, the restaurant promises valet parking. The company hopes all will be ready by the end of August for its reopening.
 
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.
 
Celebrity chef Marvin Woods has closed his barely year-old Asante in downtown Atlanta and plans to move it to an undisclosed address. According to a message on his restaurant's website, he will take the summer to build out the new location. Asante, 250 Park Ave. West NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, no phone.
 

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