With all of the rumors swirling around town about which of the proposed big name restaurants will or will not open and the specter of overbuilding that clouds the commercial real estate picture, especially in Buckhead, I was curious to hear Ryan Turner talk about he and his partners’ new Buckhead project.
The co-founder of MUSS and TURNER’S, the suburban self described deli/gastro pub/wine bar, has become a star player in Atlanta’s dining scene with his energy, creativity and, most of all, passion. Like his culinary idol, Danny Meyers, he is all about creating a consistent rewarding experience for his customers and puts a great deal of energy into that philosophy. And so far it has paid off big time, in Smyrna.
He is excited about the project slated to open in the tony Piazza on Paces-home to JOEL- in spring 2009. The concept: “a neighborhood joint that won’t be anything like MUSS and TURNER’S.”
Chris Hall, currently Chef de Cuisine at 4th & SWIFT, will be the top toque. And they have hired the new go-to team for restaurant architecture, ai3, to design the space. Sounds like the guys have a plan and I look forward to seeing it happen.
NEWS and NOTES: ( From my keyboard to your screen)
PISCES JAZZ and SEAFOOD, which just opened last December, has closed.Buckhead.
As many had predicted, Richard Blais has resigned from his position at HOME,He termed his resignation [as] “a very positive decision, as my focus needs to be directed towards FLIP, as well as future Trail Blais (his culinary company) projects, of which there are many.”
THE GRANGE PUBLIC HOUSE , self described as “a little piece of Dublin in Decatur”, opened September 6th at 426 West Ponce de Leon Avenue.Downtown.
In a recent column , Meridith Ford, the Atlanta Journal Constitution food critic, addressed the rumors surrounding whether or not BLT STEAK will open in The W Atlanta downtown. She quoted their New York PR firm as saying that the project is proceeding as planned.PS. Congratulations are in order for Ms Ford, she is getting married this month.East Point.
GIOVANNA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN , a casual fine dining spot, has opened at 1375 Virginia Avenue.Inman Park.
KROG BAR is celebrating its 3rd Birthday with a big party October 18th. Visit www.rathbunrestaurant.com for details.Vinings.
SWEET POCKETS, the cupcake shop in Irwin Street Market, recently opened a second location at 4338 Paces Ferry RoadWest Midtown.
The much delayed 5 SEASONS WESTSIDE BREWPUB is on track for an opening early next year. The 17,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery in the Brickworks at Midtown West will be the largest brewpub in the Southeast, covering three floors, with three separate bars, private event facilities, and indoor and outdoor seating for 400. David Larkworthy will serve as Executive Chef and continue the farm-to-table conceptQestion of the Week :
What former chef at an intown French restaurant is now top toque at a suburban American bistro?
Thank you for stopping by and remember that what happens to a person is less significant than what happens within them.
PS. The answer to last week’s QOTW- What popular restaurant that recently declared Chapter 11 may emerge from it and return to its original owner?- is CRESENT MOON.
Edited by micropundit, 08 September 2008 - 03:28 PM.
100% right 50% of the time.