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Replacing Pangaea on the West Side, Milk & Honey opened with a breakfast operation, but likely will veer away from that meal service to focus on lunch and dinner. Still waiting for its liquor license, the restaurant deals in such treats as lobster-filled crêpes and crab cake Benedict. Patrons will find free WiFi, and downstairs is a dining room while upstairs sports a living room-style loft with dim lighting. Milk & Honey, 10182 Huff Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-492-8527.
Jay Swift's 4th & Swift has opened in the Old Fourth Ward and features traditional comfort food that's made with many locally grown ingredients, such as the Vidalia onion rings. Swift, who has cooked at South City Kitchen Midtown, the now-closed Rainwater, and Smokejack, enjoys a varied culinary background. The space occupies what formerly was the engine room for Southern Dairies, and retains many of the industrial elements originally found there, among them exposed brick, concrete and beams. 4th & Swift, 621 North Ave., Atlanta, GA 30354, 678-904-0160.
Replacing Sweet Lowdown in Midtown, Artistry, Food, Music, Art installed a new décor upstairs and down, with artwork on the walls upstairs replacing the sports bar scene it held previously. A new VIP area also is located upstairs. The second floor has its own separate kitchen. New furniture, lots of re-upholstering, and the ability to host performances are hallmarks of the transformation. The facility, measuring some 11,000 square feet, retains the open kitchen, and the ten feet of outdoor private banquet space overlooking Peachtree Street, as well as its ample audio-visual capability. The establishment serves dinner nightly and brunch on Sunday. Artistry, Food, Music, Art, 942 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-888-0101.
Steamhouse Lounge, which lost its hold on a small piece of Buckhead due to the redevelopment of Buckhead Ave., has reopened in the former Cherry and Element location in Midtown. With a kitchen that stays open to 1 a.m. (except on Sunday, when it closes at 11:30 p.m.), the venue promises to be the same rocking spot it was in Buckhead for many years. Expect oysters, mussels and similar crustaceans. Lunch and dinner daily. Steamhouse Lounge, 1051 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-233-7980.
Summits Wayside Tavern has opened a third location in Woodstock, a northern Atlanta suburb. The other locations are in Snellville and Cumming. Management claims that this location has more than 400 bottled beers and some 150 draught beers, and that it's the largest selection in the nation. A game room makes it easy for families to enjoy the place as parents can keep an eye on their kids without interrupting their own enjoyment. Some 20 TVs are spotted throughout the place. Summits Wayside Tavern, Shops at Eagle Pointe, 2990 Eagle Dr., Woodstock, GA 30189, 770-924-5315.
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After departing Au Pied de Cochon for Eno to be its executive chef, Jerome Grilhot has left, leaving the kitchen in the apparently very capable hands of Eli Kirshstein. Atlanta born and bred, Kirschstein is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has been back in Atlanta four years after working in Miami and assisting Richard Blais here in Atlanta at a variety of spots. Eno, Cornerstone Village, 800 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-685-3191.
Maureen Kalmanson and Pamela Furr have temporarily closed the two restaurants they bought out of the Peasant Corporation: The Pleasant Peasant, which was the foundation of the corporation, and the last unit standing of Mick's. Structural issues need to be dealt with in a massive renovation of both spots, so there's no timetable for a re-launch. Meanwhile, the pair has launched a third operation, Peasant Bistro. Peasant Bistro, Centennial Park West Condominium, 250 Park Ave. West NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, 404-230-1724.
The suburban location of Fire of Brazil closed.
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