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July 2015 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Lacking a Facebook page or a website, J&J Bourbon Bar & Grill has opened in the former Belly General Store space. J&J Bourbon Bar & Grill, 772 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, no phone.
 
Chef Jamie Adams (Veni Vidi Vici) and general manager Leonardo Moura plan to open il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Springs this fall. Adams tells us the new venture will offer pasta made to order, an element that may indeed be novel among Atlanta's Italian restaurants. il Giallo Osteria & Bar, Parkside Plaza Shopping Center, 5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, GA 30328, 404-709-2148.
 
Restaurateur Kevin Gillespie is behind Revival in Decatur Atlanta native, restaurateur, “Top Chef” finalist and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie has opened Revival in Decatur. The dining experience recalls Gillespie’s own family’s traditions, and executive chef Andreas Müller reinterprets the food from Gillespie’s childhood to create a menu that ranges from classic fried green tomatoes to rarely seen Savannah red rice. Müller, who previously worked at Gillespie's Gunshow, shares Gillespie’s enthusiasm for preparing traditional meals with farm-fresh ingredients and will use his own Swedish background to inject both rural and refined culinary influences into the Revival menu. Guests may order dishes à la carte or choose the family-style option ($49 per person), which includes the choice of one entrée for the table and is served with hors d’oeuvre, relishes, trimmings, Gillespie family iron skillet cornbread, the choice of dessert, tea and coffee. Revival, 129 Church St., Decatur, GA 30030, 470-225-6770.
 
Taking over the space once occupied by Abattoir, Ford Fry continues his restaurant empire's rapid expansion with Restaurant Marcel. Tapping as executive chef Brian Horn, Fry has opened an establishment in the grand tradition of historic steakhouses, with cocktails and French and American classics on the menu. The menu offers lobster chowder, oysters Bienville, garlicky escargots and Caesar salad made tableside. Chrysta Poulos is pastry chef, and desserts include crème brûlée with fruit at the bottom. The wine list supports all the red meat offerings with bold selections ranging from old-world choices, such as Barolos and Bordeaux, to California Cabernets. Restaurant Marcel, White Provision Building, 1170 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-665-4555.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Although he will still compete on "Top Chef," Wesley True and Concentrics have parted company, removing the chef from his post as heir apparent to Richard Blais at The Spence. True, who has twice been a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for "Best Chef: South," came to Atlanta from his True restaurant in Montgomery, Ala. It would appear that the separation was initiated by Concentrics. No word from True as to his future plans. Our recent meal at The Spence under his command was excellent, so we're surprised. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. The Spence, Tech Square, 75 Fifth St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-892-9111.
 

Closings

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Chef Ron Eyester had revamped and relaunched his New York deli concept, Timone's, but apparently to no avail. The pizzeria-cum-deli closed despite substantial improvements in the pizza. Eyester also owns Rosebud adjacent to the Timone’s space and The Family Dog across the street, both of which are thriving. He also just opened Diner in Atlantic Station. Timone's, 1409 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, no phone.
 

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