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July 2013 Archive

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Openings

Open in Midtown on Peachtree Street, Villains Wicked Heroes is a project of Alex Brounstein, who owns Grind House Killer Burgers; Jared Lee Pyles, former executive chef at HD1; and FLIP burger boutique alum Jason McClure. The "heroes" are inventive sandwiches, which may be dished up gluten-free "skeletor style," or bread-free. An occasional Cajun note enters some of the offerings, such as "duck debris" gravy on a Cajun roast turkey sandwich. Vegetarians have several quite zesty-sounding options. Lunch & Dinner daily. Villains Wicked Heroes, 903 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-347-3335.
 
Chef/owner Ron Eyester of Rosebud and The Family Dog opened his third venture in the neighborhood: Timone's. Conceived as a New York pizzeria and neighborhood joint, Timone's serves more than just pizza. The menu offers sandwiches and pasta dishes. Local New Yorkers will like being able to get egg creams. Both beers and wines on draught are among the quaffs. Brunch is being planned. Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner nightly. Timone's, 1409 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, 404-809-2979.
 
Roswell restaurateurs Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac (F&H Food Trading Group) launched their third venture in downtown Historic Roswell and fourth "OTP" endeavor: OPULENT. The group's culinary director Bob McDonough and executive chef Andrew Long direct a globally inspired kitchen serving classic favorites with a modern twist. Recalling the Roaring Twenties' speakeasy style, OPULENT's interior boasts globe lighting and walls lined with antique mirrors and crystal accents. Dark brown woods and leather banquettes contrast diamond-shaped white tiles beneath suspended light pendants hung above the bar and dining areas. OPULENT, 948 Canton St., Roswell, GA 30075, 770-998-3114.
 

News Bytes

SoHo Offers "Flight Nights"
SoHo in Vinings Jubilee offers "Flight Night" every Wednesday evening pairing selected wines with tapas by executive chef Joseph Ahn. Knowledgeable staffers guide guests through the wines, which are chosen according to a specific theme. A flight of three wines, each poured in three-ounce portions, goes for $13.50, plus $6 for each tapa. Or choose a flight and first tapa for $18. Can't make it on Wednesday? The same deal is offered through the following Tuesday. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. SoHo, Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30339, 770-801-0069.
 
Hugh Acheson Moves Flagship Five & Ten
Chef Hugh Acheson has relocated his flagship establishment, Five & Ten in Athens, Ga., to larger quarters literally around the corner, providing not only more space within but also more parking outside. The menu remains conceptually the same, holding fast to such dishes as Acheson's notion of Frogmore stew, a low country specialty. Meanwhile, the original location will become a Mexican restaurant that Acheson has named Cinco y Diez. Five & Ten, 1073 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, GA 30606, 706-546-7300.
 
The Palm is offering Summer Lobster for Two through August 31 The Palm Offering Lobster for Two Special Through August 31
The Palm is offering Summer Lobster for Two through August 31. The special, priced at $79.95, includes a four-pound jumbo Nova Scotia lobster tail, two starters (Caesar salad, lobster bisque, watermelon and mozzarella salad) and two individual sides. The Palm, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta, 3391 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-814-1955.
 


Chef Shuffle

With the July departure of Zeb Stevenson from Livingston Restaurant + Bar in the Georgian Terrace Hotel, Michael Semancik takes over direction of all food and beverage programs at the historic property. Semancik has worked as executive chef at New York's Blue Ribbon Bakery and at Mike's on the Avenue in New Orleans. His prior Atlanta experience includes stints at Nava, South City Kitchen and the private Piedmont Driving Club. Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-897-5000.
 
Hector Santiago, former chef/owner of Pura Vida, has taken over the kitchen at Abattoir, one of the Star Provisions restaurants developed by Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. A native of Puerto Rico, Santiago is a "Top Chef" alum. Abattoir, the most prominent chophouse on Atlanta's Westside, focuses on locally produced proteins. Abattoir, White Provision Building, 1170 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-892-3335.
 

Closings

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