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March 2016 Archive

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Openings

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.
 
Doug Turbush, chef/owner of Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar in Marietta's Merchants Walk, has opened Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue East Cobb. Drift focuses on wild-caught and sustainable seafood, according to Turbush. Atlanta-based firm ai3 designed the 5,260-square-foot space. Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, The Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062, 770-635-7641.
 
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.
 

News Bytes

Taka, Sushi & Passion On the Move
Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Taka Moriuchi arrived in the Deep South in 1995. After working in a series of restaurants, he opened Taka Sushi Café in 2002, then became its sole owner in 2006 and renamed it in 2007 to Taka, Sushi & Passion. He will close his current location Saturday, March 5, after dinner service and relocate temporarily to 3145 Peachtree Rd., but the phone number won't change, he told us. This is the Cafe at Pharr, which closes its service there at 4 p.m., so he will offer dinner in that spot. Then in May, he will move to 4600 Roswell Rd. in Sandy Springs, and says construction on the new restaurant has already started. Again, he anticipates the phone number will remain the same. Taka, Sushi & Passion, Pharr Plaza, 375 Pharr Rd. NE, Ste. 600, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-869-2802.
 

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Closings

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Pastry chef Lauren Raymond closed her East Atlanta Village venue, Flora & Flour, and relocated to The Cathedral of St. Philip at 2744 Peachtree Rd. NE in Buckhead. There she will offer breakfast Tuesday through Friday. From that vantage point, she will also serve as a vendor at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market that convenes in the Cathedral parking lot on Saturday mornings (8:30 a.m. to noon) beginning the first week in April, and at its new Wednesday evening market that will operate from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Somewhat scaled back, the offerings no longer include bagels or anything that has to be cooked: no more eggs, but yes to pimento cheese. Coffee now comes from Revelator, a coffee chain concentrated in the Southeast and Louisiana. Flora & Flour, The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, no phone.
 

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