Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

News for Restaurants in Atlanta
May 2016 Archive

Search / Openings / Closings / Chef Shuffle / News Bytes / Culinary Events / Wine Dinners / Sign up for our free, monthly newsletter / News Archive



South City Kitchen has opened its Buckhead location in One Capital City Plaza. The project, involving 6,000 square feet of space, has been in the works for more than a year. The new South City Kitchen serves lunch Monday through Friday, dinner nightly and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Moving over from The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, Jason Starnes leads the kitchen team as executive chef. South City Kitchen's original location opened in Midtown in 1998, and another outpost is in Vinings. South City Kitchen, One Capital City Plaza, 3350 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-815-6677.
Ricky Walia, who owns Cafe Bombay and Masti Fun Indian Street Eats, has partnered with Sunny Minhas to open another Indian restaurant, this time in suburban Roswell. Besides popular classics such as chicken tikka masala, the kitchen offers innovative fare such as lamb chops marinated in exotic spices and salmon tandoori. Cocktails will be made from liquors infused with spices, and there’s beer and wine. The 40-seat covered patio allows access to the restaurant's hookah selection. Bombay Brasserie serves lunch and dinner daily. Bombay Brasserie, 900 Mansell Rd., Ste. 1, Roswell, GA 30076, 770-299-1634.
Charlotte-based 5Church has opened in Atlanta Charlotte-based 5Church is spreading its wings, to both Charleston and to Atlanta. The latter operation, which opened June 24, 2016 in Colony Square, has RJ Cooper as its executive chef. Cooper, who helmed several important restaurants in Washington, D.C., is a Detroit native, but he's not unfamiliar with Atlanta, having worked with Günter Seeger at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, and Gilbert Le Coze at Brasserie Le Coze in Phipps Plaza. Teaming with corporate executive chef Jamie Lynch, Cooper will develop what the company calls a "technique-driven menu" for 5Church Atlanta. 5Church Atlanta, Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361, 404-400-3669.
Busy Midtown restaurateurs Billy and Jenn Streck have opened Hampton & Hudson in Inman Quarter. Jason Hall, formerly of now-closed Max's Wine Dive and Mason Tavern on Clairmont Road in Decatur, heads the kitchen. Casual, sharable plates will include a pork terrine "Wellington," chicken liver mousse, chicken biscuit sliders and a chef's selection of house-made pickled vegetables; duck cassoulet is among the heftier choices. Many options are vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free. Some 20 craft beers will be offered. Hampton & Hudson, Inman Quarter, 299 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-948-2123.
Jay Swift (4th & Swift) has launched Noble Fin in Peachtree Corners, with his son, Jeb Aldrich, at the helm. Occupying a former Dreamland BBQ location, the restaurant seats 200-plus in a 5,200-square-foot space. Noble Fin is the design work of Jay George Design & Architecture, while Kristin Kong Design is responsible for the décor. Seafood is the menu's focus, appropriate in a coastal atmosphere suggested by weathered hardwood flooring. There is a raw bar serving small plates and a steakhouse menu is available, plus chicken, pork, lamb and duck. Seating is a mix of banquettes and tables, and an open kitchen fronted by a hollowed-out canoe provides additional visual interest. Noble Fin, 5260 Peachtree Pkwy., Peachtree Corners, GA 30092, 770-599-7979.
Alex Brounstein has opened his newest Grindhouse Killer Burgers, a long-anticipated Decatur location. The handsome, modern building has a rooftop sports bar, and we can only imagine how popular this will be in the fall and football season. The chain started with a small vendor spot in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, where it's still dishing up fine burgers, and now has a freestanding spot on Piedmont Road, plus two locations at the airport and one in Athens. A location on Memorial Drive is slated for next year in the Atlanta Dairies development, soon to launch. This new outpost at 433 N. McDonough St. serves lunch and dinner daily. Grindhouse Killer Burgers, 433 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030, no phone.
Charlotte, North Carolina-based The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar has opened an Atlanta location at Perimeter Mall. The menu is a fusion of such items as burgers and sushi rolls --- imagine a cheeseburger roll. Everything from fried pickles to yellowtail is on the wacky menu. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. NE, Dunwoody, GA 30346, 770-225-0009.

News Bytes

Bacchanalia & Star Provisions to Move
Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison announced that they'll move Bacchanalia and Star Provisions in 2017 to a building they will own independently. Star Provisions To Go will remain in its current location in the Westside Provisions District, and Little Bacch will end its short existence. Chef Joe Schafer will remain as executive chef for Bacchanalia. The new building will be erected at the Ellsworth Office Lofts site on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, about a mile and a half from the current location, and should be ready early in the year. Local firm Perkins + Will is the project's designer. With the addition of many new businesses at the Westside Provisions District, parking had become significantly constricted. Bacchanalia and Star Provisions have been at the Westside Provisions District since 1999. Bacchanalia, Westside Provisions District, 1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-365-0410.
Aria has re-opened after an extensive renovation New Look for Aria
Aria has re-opened after an extensive renovation. Stacey Kirby of Atlanta’s Seiber Design gave the popular Buckhead restaurant warm gray walls, bright canary yellow drapes and glowing backlit custom mirrors, along with new leather banquettes. An oversize antique mirror appoints the upstairs dining room and white oak tabletops serve the banquettes in the main dining room. Aria’s bar area is opened up with seating for casual diners (no reservations required), and features a new white marble bar top along a rich walnut bar. The plan is to reduce the formality of the previously stark white space, although the exterior still sparkles with its signature white tones. Aria, 490 E. Paces Ferry Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-233-7673.
Relocated Yebo Becomes Yebo Beach Haus
Justin Anthony closed his Yebo restaurant in Phipps Plaza and opened Yebo Beach Haus in the former Coast address that was part of Tom Catherall's Here to Serve restaurant group. There are some South African touches on the menu, such as boerewors meatballs and shrimp peri-peri tacos, but the concept overall involves more small plates than were available at the previous iteration. Anthony's wife Kelly, an interior designer, has revamped the space, giving it a beachy feeling. Yebo Beach Haus, 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-869-1992.

Chef Shuffle

Check back soon for more news.


Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Atlanta to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Bazzaar, R.I.P.

After more than four decades in its location on Cheshire Bridge Road, Alfredo's has closed as the property has been sold and will be redeveloped as an apartment complex. Owner Perry Alvarez says he is trying to find another location. Alfredo's, 1989 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, no phone.
Celebrity chef Marvin Woods has closed his barely year-old Asante in downtown Atlanta and plans to move it to an undisclosed address. According to a message on his restaurant's website, he will take the summer to build out the new location. Asante, 250 Park Ave. West NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, no phone.

Want to
learn to cook? Try new dishes? Meet a foodie friend for fun? Check out our compilation of culinary events in your area.

View our calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in Atlanta

Current News View archived news: November 2019 | October 2019 | September 2019 | May 2019 | April 2019 | February 2019 | January 2019 | December 2018 | June 2018 | April 2018 | March 2018 | February 2018 | December 2017 | November 2017 | October 2017 | August 2017 | June 2017 | April 2017 | March 2017 | February 2017 | October 2016 | September 2016 | August 2016 | July 2016 | June 2016 | May 2016 | April 2016 | March 2016 | February 2016 | January 2016 | December 2015 | November 2015 | October 2015 | September 2015 | August 2015 | July 2015 | June 2015 | May 2015 | April 2015 | March 2015 | February 2015 | January 2015 | December 2014 | November 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | August 2014 | July 2014 | June 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | March 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014 | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 | September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008 | November 2008 | October 2008 | September 2008 | August 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | April 2008 | March 2008


Non-vintage Champagne reflects the signature style of the Champagne house. See GAYOT's list.