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May 2014 Archive

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Openings

With its Tudor-style main street, Atlanta suburb Avondale Estates, founded in 1924, is beginning to develop a dining life, and adding to that nascent movement is the newly opened The Bishop. Southern notes grace some of the dishes, such as a pickled green tomato butter adorning the grilled oyster appetizer; knife-and-fork deviled eggs; a Southern Picnic Board with Gum Creek (Carroll County) country ham, pimento cheese, cream cheese with pepper jelly and local vegetables; and smoked fried chicken. Both beers and wines on tap are offered, and the kids’ menu looks like something you wouldn't be ashamed to feed to your children. Dinner Tues.-Sun. The Bishop, 124 N. Avondale Rd., Avondale Estates, GA 30002, 404-692-5454.
 
Smokebelly is a chef-driven barbecue joint from the team behind Tin Lizzy's Cantina and several other Atlanta restaurants. The executive chef for the operation is Darrell Rice, who also oversees the company's other venues. Rice plans on showcasing American barbecue influenced by techniques from several regions of the country, buttressed by an extensive craft beer and craft cocktail selection. Plans call for Sunday Gospel brunch to follow shortly after the restaurant’s opening, and the place’s own house band will perform classic rock from The Allman Brothers to Johnny Cash. Smokebelly, 128 E. Andrews Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-848-9100.
 

News Bytes

W Atlanta – Midtown to Launch TRACE
W Atlanta – Midtown’s signature restaurant Spice Market closed in late April. It began in association with noted restaurateur and chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and it will be replaced with TRACE. Shean Suter, who had served as executive chef of Spice Market, will helm the kitchen at TRACE. Launched at W Austin and from there W San Francisco and W Seattle, TRACE restaurants focus on the local personality of their outposts while reaching out to area growers, purveyors and artisans to secure the season’s best produce and raw materials. The key concepts, besides “sustainable,” are foraged, farmed, crafted, hunted, healthy and shared. In a completely redesigned space, TRACE Atlanta is slated to open this June and will showcase classic and modern twists on New South favorites. TRACE, W Atlanta - Midtown, 188 14th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361, 404-724-2550.
 

Chef Shuffle

Adam Hayes has taken over as executive chef at Barnsley Resort, a luxury complex of lodging, historic structures, and fine and casual dining located just north of Atlanta. Hayes has more than 15 years' experience in restaurants in North Carolina, and is devoted to incorporating local products into his menus. Barnsley's two main dining facilities --- Woodlands Grill and Rice House --- should see a major enhancement of their offerings as a result of his arrival. Now retired, former executive chef Charles Vosburgh has been granted the title "emeritus." Woodlands Grill at Barnsley Gardens, 597 Barnsley Gardens Rd., Adairsville, GA 30103, 770-773-7480; 877-773-2447.
 
With the departure of Tyler Williams from Woodfire Grill, established in 2002, sous chef Matt Weinstein has taken over the kitchen duties until a decision can be reached on the executive chef position, while the pastry chef post is handled by Patrick Dineen --- he replaced Karie Brown in that spot. Dinner Tues.-Sat.. Woodfire Grill, 1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, 404-347-9055.
 

Closings

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