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November 2014 Archive

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Openings

The Southern Gentleman, by the same group that launched nearby Gypsy Kitchen, The Big Ketch and Smokebelly, has opened for dinner. Randy Lewis, who also handles the kitchen at Gypsy Kitchen, will helm this operation. The menu has some tempting items: head-on shrimp are used for the New Orleans barbecued shrimp and the shrimp and grits; rarely seen pickled shrimp; risotto made with Carolina Gold Rice; Sequatchie Cove (Tenn.) cheese on H & F (Holeman & Finch) bread. Local purveyors supply much of the raw material, including Riverview Farms for heritage pork and Tucker Farms for some of the vegetables. Dinner nightly. The Southern Gentleman, Buckhead Atlanta, 3035 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-939-9845.
 
Krog Street Market joins the ranks of food halls that have debuted around the country. The market opened November 24, 2014, and several restaurants already are up and functioning, among them The Luminary and Craft Izakaya. A total of 13 businesses had either already launched or did so that day, with more to come. In addition to restaurants, there will be market stalls selling a wide variety of interesting comestibles. Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Atlanta, GA 30307, no phone.
 
Castellucci Hospitality Group, which also owns Sugo, The Iberian Pig and Double Zero Napoletana, will finally open its long-awaited Spanish Basque restaurant Cooks & Soldiers on November 24. Landon Thompson, former chef de cuisine at The Iberian Pig, will helm the kitchen. The group took time to explore Basque cooking in its home turf, and the dishes to be presented will bring Spain ever closer to Georgia diners. We look forward to head-on Georgia white shrimp, bacalao, clams in Basque cider, Basque pepper stew (piperade) and vieras (scallops) with blood orange. The restaurant will serve dinner nightly, and on Friday and Saturday evenings the bar will stay open until 2 a.m. Cooks & Soldiers, Elan Westside Apartment Bldg., 691 14th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404-996-2362.
 

News Bytes

Macon's Dovetail Adding Lunch in 2015
Macon's Dovetail will launch lunch in January 2015, according to sous chef David Jolley. The adventurous menu changes frequently but explores new ways with Southern classics that seem updated yet solidly rooted in tradition. Along with plans for lunch service, the wine list, already somewhat expanded, is being reworked and may begin to include wines from Georgia's emerging wine world. Dovetail, 543 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201, 478-238-4693.
 

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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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No one can have it all, and Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q have come to realize that in a most bittersweet way. Their business has grown so rapidly that the brothers, now the official source of barbecue for the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team, closed Big Tex Decatur to devote that space and all their energies to producing the barbecue without suffering any loss of quality. So effective November 3, 2014, Big Tex Decatur closed, but the brothers will retain use of the space for the foreseeable future. Attention will now focus on completing the build-out of the new catering/commissary facility on Ottley Drive. But the brothers hope to be back in Decatur sometime in the future. Perhaps (we can only hope) the Big Tex Decatur space can one day become an outpost of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Big Tex Decatur, 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, 404-377-3939.
 

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