News for Restaurants in Atlanta
With the departure of founding chef Bruce Logue, La Pietra Cucina has come under the Concentrics Restaurants management wand. Plans call for closing the restaurant from Sept. 2-14 to refresh the interior and prepare for the arrival of new executive chef Russell Kook, formerly on "Hell's Kitchen." A recent lunch at the restaurant showed it still has a good handle on the personalized interpretation of Italian fare established by Logue, as seen in the branzino with caponata. We understand the wine list is being fleshed out with more popular brands, a move that could cost the establishment its distinctive wine service, as the current list is totally devoted to Italian wines. La Pietra Cucina, One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-888-8709.
Decatur's No 246 Restaurant, Italian-inspired and locally driven, is featuring a special family supper dining option Mon.-Thurs. nights. The four-course meal costs $18 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity. The menu from executive chef Drew Belline is served family-style with the exception of the entrée and includes toast with local roasted sweet peppers, local basil, shaved heirloom garlic, EVO and sea salt; local greens with house-dried oregano vinaigrette, pepperoncinis, small tomatoes, shaved local red onions and feta; one of four pre-set pasta dishes; and for dessert, zeppole with anise sugar. No 246 Restaurant, 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, 678-399-8246.
Chicken and the Egg will mark its first anniversary with special events throughout the month of August. The West Marietta establishment plans to hand out golden eggs containing various prizes to each table from Aug. 13-16. Prizes range from complimentary beverages to a dinner for two. Teacher appreciation specials run through Aug. 14: teachers who show their school IDs to their servers receive a 15 percent deduction off their meals and can register to win a restaurant-sponsored class party. On Facebook, a photo contest will enable guests to submit photos from the restaurant's first year (runs Aug. 8-20). Throughout August, Chicken and the Egg will host a family recipe contest, enabling guests to submit their recipes. Chef-owner Mark Taft will select a winner and feature the restaurant's version of the dish on its September menu, highlighting the winner's name and family information. Chicken and the Egg, Burnt Hickory Village Shopping Plaza, 800 Whitlock Ave., Ste. 124, Marietta, GA 30064, 678-388-8813.
Business at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q came to a halt Thursday, August 2, during dinner service, when a tree with a 70-inch diameter looming from an unoccupied neighboring property came crashing into its two dining rooms. A patron saw the tree start to fall and screamed for everyone to run, so no one, miraculously, was hurt. The restaurant was closed the next day, but take-out resumed on Saturday, August 4, and the place was able to reopen in short order, although with limited seating in the affected space, but with plenty of room on the popular patio. Lunch & Dinner daily. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, 1238 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-577-4030.
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