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May 2012 Archive

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Openings

Watershed has been reincarnated as Watershed on Peachtree, located in The Brookwood. With chef Joe Truex, the new Watershed remains true to its Southern roots. Fried chicken night is back, only it's now on Wednesdays, served family-style. Truex and company have added triggerfish to the menu, a Southern fish of interest to chefs but one that's rarely seen in Atlanta. The restaurant's farm-to-table philosophy is still firmly in place, and local producers carry the day. Speck from Pine Street Market in Avondale Estates, for instance, graces the menu. Watershed's adventurous wine program endures as well. The 175-seat restaurant is not only larger than the original, but it now offers a private dining space, a larger bar area, ample valet parking and a patio. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sun. Watershed on Peachtree, The Brookwood, 1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-809-3561.
 
The Fox twins, Jonathan and Justin, first launched Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, the foundation of their Fox Brothers Restaurant Group (FBRG). The hard-working dynamic duo then opened Big Tex Cantina in Decatur. Now comes the Fox Bros. Rib Joint, to open this summer in the old Maddy's space, which has been a barbecue spot in its last two iterations. The Fox Bros.' fast-casual concept will focus on finger-licking food, quick service and a relaxed ambience. There will be ample indoor and outdoor seating. For more information call Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q at 404-577-4030. Fox Bros. Rib Joint, 1479 Scott Blvd., Decatur, GA 30030, phone not available.
 
Brothers Sean and Shane Shamloufar were born in Tehran but grew up in Atlanta, and bring the food of their home country to Decatur with Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar. "Colbeh," they say, means "cabin" in Farsi. The pair has taken over the former Zucca Bar & Pizzeria, and Shane recalls ruefully having to remove more than 20 TVs to morph the place from bar to a fit space for Persian fare. The menu ranges from vegetarian dishes to lamb and seafood, beef and poultry. The wine list, although short, looks promising, and even offers a first-rate rosé --- the Paul Hobbs La Flor --- by the glass, perhaps an ideal choice with this food. Lunch & Dinner daily. Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar, 123 E. Court Sq., Decatur, GA 30030, 404-373-1226.
 

News Bytes

The Original El Taco in Atlanta Mi Casa Su Casa Dinners at The Original El Taco
At The Original El Taco, "Mi Casa Su Casa" is a series of special monthly dinners created with unique themes served family-style to encourage sharing and conversation while dining. During the dinners, executive chef Scott Keefer and his culinary team introduce each meal with the stories and inspirations behind the evening and reveal the menu tableside. "Mi Casa Su Casa" is a good deal as well, with each dinner costing only $30 per person (including tax; excluding gratuity). Call 404-873-4656 for reservations. The Original El Taco, 1186 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, 404-873-4656.
 


Chef Shuffle

Bruce Logue, founding executive chef of La Pietra Cucina, has departed to pursue a new venture slated to open by year's end --- a classic Italian operation, with an emphasis on locally sourced raw materials wherever possible. The design is to feature an open kitchen. Replacing him at La Pietra Cucina is Joe Rahme, who has been sous chef working with Logue since the restaurant opened. A spokesman tells us that there are no plans to change the menu radically, and that Rahme will be offering his own specials on Friday and Saturday nights. La Pietra Cucina, One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-888-8709.
 

Closings

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