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As Decatur continues to develop as a fine dining destination, owners Michael Lo and George Yu along with assistant general manager Damiano Pak have opened long-awaited Makan in the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown – Emory. Pronounced “ma-kun,” the word is an Indonesian or Malay term meaning “eat.” Inspired by Asian street food and traditional Asian comfort food that you might find in market stalls in cities like Hong Kong, Taiwan or Seoul, the cuisine is based on the threesome's culinary heritage. Yu is the executive chef, and he created a menu that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients in such dishes as Korean seafood pancakes and Taiwanese five-spice fried chicken. Large-format family meals and other communal dining opportunities will be a part of the scene. Future plans call for whole-animal cookouts on the patio and other exciting and exotic events. Lunch & Dinner daily. Makan, Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown - Emory, 130 Clairemont Ave., Ste. 100, Decatur, GA 30030, 404-565-4510.
The Pig & The Pearl has opened in Atlantic Station. The work of Cindy Shera, her spouse Todd Martin and chef Todd Richards, all of The Shed at Glenwood, The Pig & The Pearl fuses the workings and product of the smokehouse with the tastes and content of the raw bar. This unique chef-driven concept includes the sweet domain governed by pastry chef Megan Brent, who turns out off-the-wall desserts such as the signature chocolate milkshake and fries. The Pig & The Pearl, Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Ave. NW, Ste. 14180, Atlanta, GA 30363, 404-541-0930.

News Bytes

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" Film Opens August 8
From Lasse Hallström, director of "Chocolat," "The Hundred-Foot Journey" opens in theaters on August 8, 2014. Helen Mirren stars alongside Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon in this lighthearted tale of love and food set in the South of France. Read the full film review on GAYOT's blog
Cibo e Beve Supper Club
Cibo e Beve in Sandy Springs will host “The Cibo Supper Club” every Friday and Saturday night, with two seatings: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. These dinners will present an interactive dining experience as chef Linda Harrell will create a four-course weekly menu with accompanying wines so guests may expect a new culinary experience each week. The meal can include a variety of menu combinations, such as appetizers, paste, entrées and desserts. To start, bar manager Jonathan Turner will use the signature bar cart to discuss flavor profiles and interact with guests while constructing the evening's specialty cocktail. Harrell will talk about the dishes and wine pairings and why they are complementary. Cost is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The minimum reservation per table is six and the maximum is ten. Cibo e Beve, Belle Isle Shopping Center, 4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342, 404-250-8988.
Cibo e Beve Launches Late-Night Friday-Saturday Menu
In case you dined early and find yourself famished at midnight on Friday or Saturday, Cibo e Beve has launched a late-night menu that will feed the late-arriving hungry from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the entire regular cocktail menu will also be available late-night. Small plates fare makes up the menu, with such dishes such as meatballs in pomorola sauce (a simple tomato sauce with onions and fresh basil); fried stuffed pastas from Storico Fresco; house sausages; and popcorn with bacon fat, Calabrese oil, white balsamic glaze and Reggianito. A couple of white and red pizzas will be offered, too, as will a cooling watermelon rind sorbeto for dessert. Cibo e Beve, Belle Isle Shopping Center, 4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342, 404-250-8988.
KR SteakBar Plans Expansion
KR SteakBar has announced plans to expand its space to include a private dining area able to seat up to 50 patrons. Plans call for an October 2014 opening. It will allow the restaurant to offer business conference dinners, social gatherings and, we hope, wine dinners. Dinner nightly. KR SteakBar, ADAC West, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-841-8820.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is Official Atlanta Falcons ’Cue
Fox Bros. Restaurant Group has partnered with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, through which Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q will be its official barbecue restaurant. The relationship will enable Jonathan and Justin Fox to bring their Texas-style Southern barbecue to Falcons’ tailgates, meet and greets, and special events throughout the 2014-15 season. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, 1238 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-577-4030.

Chef Shuffle

Southern Proper Hospitality, which owns all the Tin Lizzy’s Cantina outposts, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Osteria Cibo Rustico and newly opened Smokebelly BBQ, has appointed Randy Lewis as executive chef for two new restaurants in Buckhead: Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman.


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The Sandy Springs branch of Ruth's Chris Steak House will close its doors there on August 17, 2014, and will reopen toward the end of September in a new location in Alpharetta. Attracted by the opportunity for enormous event space, the franchisees --- Nancy Oswald, Mark Oswald, Jim Brooks and Phil Brooks --- will move into the huge (18,000 square feet) former Rainwater location on Haynes Bridge Road and its 2.3 acres, which they have purchased. In addition to extensive event space, the facility includes a wine room. The reopening will follow a million dollar renovation. Dinner nightly. Ruth's Chris Steak House, 5788 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30328, 404-255-0035.
As she prepares to open other culinary endeavors, Asha Gomez announced on her Facebook page the closing of her popular Cardamom Hill restaurant on July 28, 2014. While acknowledging that the restaurant gave her a platform for introducing Atlantans to the food of her native Kerala, India, she said: "But at the end of the day due to the seating limitations, it was a business model that just did not work." So on to other things: In the Studioplex enclave on Auburn Avenue, she has opened Spice to Table, which serves breakfast and lunch. Also on the drawing board is Spice Road Chicken, due soon in the Krog Street Market. Already established, The Third Space hosts chef demos, classes and other culinary-focused activities. Cardamom Hill, Berkeley Heights, 1700 Northside Dr., Atlanta, GA 30318, no phone.

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