The Halal Guys have opened their first Atlanta location. In 1990, three immigrants from Egypt launched this enterprise in New York City beginning with a street food cart that scored big with the city's Muslim taxi drivers. Today, The Halal Guys is a multi-unit network of franchised operations in the U.S., the Philippines and South Korea. The Halal Guys, 4929 Buford Hwy. NE, Chamblee, GA 30341, 470-268-8481.
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, Inman Quarter, 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.
Bacchanalia & Star Provisions to Move
Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison announced that they'll move Bacchanalia and Star Provisions on April 1, 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 has ended its short existence. Chef Joe Schafer will remain as executive chef for Bacchanalia. The new building has been erected at the Ellsworth Office Lofts site on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, about a mile and a half from the current location. 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.
Atlanta's Taste of the Nation Returns April 20
Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry will hold its Atlanta fundraiser at Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree (200 Peachtree Street NW). Guests can take part in two different experiences: a VIP multi-course dinner with wine pairings or the Grand Tasting experience, sampling food and spirits from more than 50 restaurants while enjoying auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment. Leading the event is honorary chef Cat Cora, TV personality and restaurateur. For more information, visit the official website
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.
Chef Eli Kirshtein's restaurant The Luminary in Krog Street Market will close at the end of March 2017. The Luminary, Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Ste. Y, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-600-6199.
Doggy Dogg's Decatur shop is temporarily closed. Access has been limited due to work on the nearby sewer and water lines. Look for the hot dog spot to re-open in March 2017. Doggy Dogg, 310 E. Howard Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, No phone.
Shaun Doty has closed the Midtown unit of Bantam + Biddy and reconfigured the space to open The Federal. Bantam + Biddy, 1010 Midtown, 1050 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, no phone.
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