Atlanta Restaurant Updates: new places & faces
Posted 21 April 2005 - 09:29 AM
Greg Hemdon,former owner/chef of one time Virgina-Highland hotspot,TIBURON GRILL,has become the executive chef at AGAVE.AGAVE , a long time fixture in the hip intown dining scene,features an eclectic southwest themed menu and a serious tequila bar.
Rap mogul and hometown guy ,Jermaine Dupre,has opened DUPRE'S CAFE on peidmont Road in Buckhead.The restaurant is currently featuring food fron GOLDBERG'S DELI.(Maybe a certain Ms. Jackson can be seen at this spot?)
Posted 21 April 2005 - 01:46 PM
The latest from .Constanza Astarita aand Mario Maccarone,the co-owners of BARONDA,a pizza hot spot located one block from the Fox,are slated to open a new restaurant,ENOCATA CARBONARIA,in May.The menu will feature grilled meats and fish with an exstensive wine list.
The Atlanta based Raving Brands restaurant portfolio -MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL,MAMA FU'S ASIAN HOUSE-has just added two more restaurants in the Atlanta market.DOC GREEN'S GOURMET SALADS joins the growing restaurant row along in town Ponce de Leon avenue and PJ's COFFEE and WINE BAR in Marietta will serve high end coffees and affordable wines,domestic and imported,as well as cheeses,sandwiches and desserts.Look for these brands to arrive in a neighborhood close to you soon.
TWO URBAN LICKS,the latest of restaurant guru Bob Amick's creations,has not only captured the attention-and wallets-of the locals but it now has the nation's as well.The April edition of eGullet writer and author John Mariani'son-line news letter features the Atlanta hot spot.As if it could get any more popular.
Correction to an earlier post.
Edited by micropundit, 21 April 2005 - 02:23 PM.
Posted 28 April 2005 - 06:18 AM
ENO,one of Atlanta's first wine bars cum restaurants,has hired Atlanta native,Milton"M C"Farris as Executive chef.Chef Farris has hung his toque at JO JO;PANO and PAUL and, prior to returning home,owned his own restaurant in Florida.
JAVAOLOGY.A new intown coffee house is being hilighted by the local media as not only being popular spot to sit and sip but is adding an "edge" to the city's revitalization.Housed in a 2 story building that sat vacent for years,the high end cafe is a dream come true for two young entreprenuerial couples.Undaunted by the location at the corner of Edgewood avenue and Boulevard-Old Fourth Ward,a community located east of downtown btween it and Inman park;an initially tepid response from the lending community and their lack of experience,the owners-The Walkers-Willis and Sonia,and theTuckers-Morgan and Jennifer- are now credited with sparking the name"The Edge" for an area now attracting other investers in new businesses.Sounds as if things are now starting to perculate for this spot.
Posted 02 May 2005 - 03:57 PM
In other news,Govantez Lowndes,erstwhile owner of the late ,lamented COMMUNE is back.According to a local monthly newsmag,He will open GLOBE this summer in Midtown's Technology Square.Executive chef Joshua Perkins,formally of BRASSERIE LE COZE,will be the opening chef.
In another interesting turn of events,SALT,one of last summer's hot spots,has been bought by SPICE.Bruce Patterson ,owner of SPICE, is expanding his empire by going across the street.Word is that the new restaurant will be a steak house.
The front space at WOODFIRE GRILL is being converted to the CAFE at WOODFIRE.Look for small plaes and lower price points.
Last, CELEBERITY CAFE at 903 Peachtree will soon become GOLDEN STAR CAFE and Bakery.
Posted 03 May 2005 - 06:12 PM
Posted 06 May 2005 - 10:43 AM
Got a chance to get a preview of two restaurants that are located across from one another physically but are worlds apart in cuisine and approach.
SAMPAN,located in the former COMMUNE space at the Westside on Howell Mill road, is an upscale ,intimate spot serving primarily Chinese cuisine.Dim sum replaces appetizers on a compact menu that features entree items such as,Lobster Tempurawith creamy black bean sauce;Hakka style stir fried shrimp and scallops in bird nest;and Orange Roughy steamed in lemongrass and papaya.The private dining room should prove to be a draw.
The QUINNONES ROOM,the latest offering from the afor-mention dynamic duo of BACCANALIA, is slated to open this month.It to is in the Westside market and shares a zen-like greenspace with SAMPAN.I was lucky enough to get a guided tour by Chef Cliff and I tried to get a reservation on the spot.The artful and posh space should become a must do for gourmands both here and across the country.I kid you not.
Posted 08 May 2005 - 08:14 PM
Charles Schawb,the opening chef,has left the kitchen at highly regarded newcomer GRACE 17.20.Co-owner,Barbara D. James will assume his duties.
The long time fixture as the head chef at the 4 -star NIKOLAI'S ROOF,Johannes Klapdohr,has gone south.He is now at the 5-star resort ,THE LODGE at SEA ISLAND.
Martin Alba,a 14 year veteran of the Bold American Food Company,has replaced Chip Ulbrich at Westside fave,THE FOOD STUDIO.
Finally,Patty Roth,the opening chef at downtown's LUXE, has landed at the soon to be opened ECLIPSE DI SOL,after brief stints at ALON'S and other places.Located in the chic boutique hotel,the Highland Inn,this will be the latest from the folks that created the popular Midtown dine and dance spot,ECLIPSE De LUNA.
Edited by micropundit, 09 May 2005 - 05:35 AM.
Posted 09 May 2005 - 04:10 AM
Finally,Patty Roth,the opening chef at downtown's LUXE, has landed at the soon to be opened ECLIPSE DI SOL,after brief stints at ALON'S and other places.Located in the chic boutique hotel,the Highland Inn,this will be the latest from the folks that created the popular Midtown dine and dance spot,ECIPSE De LUNA.
The Highland Inn is a chic boutique hotel? Boy, they must have done some major renovation recently.
The restaurant's presumably going into the adjacent slot occupied until recently by Rue de Paris/Muse Cafe. A great location, particularly the terrace out front, which now features lots and lots of sun motifs. Let's hope the food's better than the previous occupants. Not a difficult feat to pull off.
[edit to add link to The Highland Inn; actually a very convenient location that's otherwise poorly served by lodging of any sort, but not exactly upmarket]
Edited by therese, 09 May 2005 - 05:17 AM.
Posted 16 May 2005 - 06:39 AM
Former FUSEBOX -the short lived restauant that brought glam and fusion cusine to Atlanta in 1999-chef Troy Thompson is drawing rave reviews at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey.
MUSS and TURNER'S,an upscale deli/bakery.located in the outside the perimeter neighborhood of Smyna is generating a strong buzz with it's sandwiches,decor and menu.
Posted 20 May 2005 - 11:28 AM
TWELVE@ATLANTIC STATION,an under construction condo/hotel/restaurant development located in the former steel mill site off of the Downtown Connector,is,according to a local foodie blog,advising potential buyers that it.."will feature a restaurant by one of Atlanta's most innovative restauranteurs that is sure to become the place to see and be seen..featuring a wood burning pizza oven,a lively bar scene and outdoor dining".Inquiring minds want to know w/not this another Bob Amick creation ,since rival Tom Catherall already has signed on to do STRIP,a steak and shushi concept in Atlantic Stations District-the town square.
Richard Ullio,creator of intown hotspots SOTTO SOTTO and FRITTI,is planning a third restaurant that will feature crudos.No word on when or where.
A little birdie high up in the local restaurant scene has shared that the Buckhead Life Group is very interested in the soon to- be -announced 3488 Peachtree tower.The project is a 46 story office and residential development located in the Tower Place district across from the Hotel Intercontinental Buckhead.The preliminary design is spectacular!
Posted 24 May 2005 - 06:55 AM
Look for a branch of The Fifth Group's SOUTH CITY KITCHEN to open in Vinings this fall.The Johnson Studio will be the architect for the project.
Speaking of the Fifth Group,their Virginia-Highland latin fusion hot spot,SALA,has a new chef.Graham Duncun,former executive chef for the PLEASANT PEASANT,is the new top toque.
Posted 25 May 2005 - 08:08 AM
simplicity is the mother of all beauty - Big John's Tavern
Posted 25 May 2005 - 12:54 PM
Today's -5/25/05-announcement of a proposed 47 story Buckhead high-rise has a foodie angle.3488 Peachtree,as the developers,Regent Partnes have dubbed their latest project,will include ,in addition to offices,hotel rooms and condos priced from $550,00 to $4,000,000 , the first restaurant from the Buckhead Life Group since 2001.
"..the new flagship Pano's",as Mr. Karatassos called it, be sited at street level facing Peachtree Road. The rendering in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution depicts a grand circular expanse with ample outdoor seating.Rumors have been floating for years as to what the next project of the nationally renowned BLG would be,especially in light of Mr. Karatassos's age.It appears that whether this restaurant is named for him or his son,Pano I(eye).,it will indeed be a landmark project. 3488 Peachtree is scheduled to begin construction this fall with a completion date of 2007.
Edited by micropundit, 25 May 2005 - 03:25 PM.
Posted 01 June 2005 - 01:35 PM
We know now when;all that is left is where? REDBOWL,the latest from the brothers Kinjo-NAM,MF SUSHI,is scheduled to open in April 2006.It will feature the "street food" of Vietnam:small plates,soups and sandwiches.The redbowls will indicate hot and spicy dishes,everything else will be in white bowls.
The early buzz on the tenure of Richard Blais at ONE:MIDTOWN KITCHEN is favorable.Local foodies are raving about the short ribs with corn puree and the pineapple cake with olive and black pepper ice cream.
PARK 75 LOUNGE at FOUR SEASONS ATLANTA is getting a summer make over.This July the lounge will sport both new colors and new menu items.
Leave your Christmas/New Years eve dining plans open.The GLENN HOTEL,Atlanta's newest boutique hotel,is slated to open this December and will feature a 3 leveled dining and lounge experince,including a roof top bar designed by-who else-The Johnson Studio.Their press release states that international and national restaurant and club operaters are vying for this spot located next to CNN Center.
Posted 03 June 2005 - 12:53 PM
Here is the opening menu at the long awaited/anticipated Quinones Room.
What do you think;wiould you try it?
Quinones at Bacchanalia
June 1, 2005
Spring Onion Custard with Petrossian Osetra Caviar
St. Urbans-Hof, Ockfener Bockstein, Riesling Kabinett 2004, Saar
Gulf Black Grouper Crudo with Young Fennel & Preserved Lemon
Saint-Peyre, Picpoul-de-Pinet 2004, Coteaux du Languedoc
Foie Gras Terrine, Georgia Peach Chutney & Summerland Farm Spearmint
Domaine du Tariquet, Gros Manseng 2003, Côtes De Gascogne
Chilled Lobster with Avocado, Grapefruit & Lobster Vinaigrette
Work Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2003, Napa Valley
Green Garlic Ravioli with Morel Mushrooms
Yering Station, Pinot Noir 2001, Yarra Valley
Pan Roasted Squab with Potato Risotto & 50 Year Balsamico
Rosso di Montalcino, Valdicava 2002, Tuscany
Local Magda Summer Squash with Crispy Squash Blossom & Fromagerie Belle Chevre
Lemon Balm Milk with Local Strawberries
Local Cling Peach Tart Tatin
Chateau de Fesles, ‘F’ de Fesles 1998, Bonnezeaux
One Hundred and Fifty-Five Dollars with Wine Pairings
Posted 03 June 2005 - 12:57 PM
Here is the opening menu at the long awaited/anticipated Quinones Room.
What do you think; would you try it?
One Hundred and Fifty-Five Dollars with Wine Pairings
I daresay that I would most definitely be among the first 5 reservations with just such a menu!
Ready to sign up ....
Posted 06 June 2005 - 11:57 AM
Any word on what is happening at the Dining Room once Chef Menard leaves?
Posted 07 June 2005 - 02:09 PM
On Friday,June 17,MID CITY CUISINE'S Shaun Doty will celebrate Miami's hottest chefs here in Atlanta. The chefs from CASA TUA,HOTEL VICTOR and THE MARLIN will heat up the local scene with their Florida flair.
Rachel Ray,the Food Network's roaming reporter of all that is trendy,was in the ATL recently filming for her new show ,Rachel's Tasty Travels,set to premier this fall. The local restaurants featured include JOEL and TWO:URBAN LICKS.They are tentatively scheduled for the show's sixth episode.
In other news, rumors are swirling as to who is going to be the designer for PANO's proposed 14,000 sq ft flagship restaurant in Buckhead. So far there is no word as to whether/not the Johnson Studio will be involved or will Atlanta's Master P seek the likes of uber designers Tony Chi or Adam Tihany to craft his Le CIRQUE.Stay tuned for the scoop.
Posted 13 June 2005 - 06:34 AM
THE ABBY,a more than 25 year tradition in Atlanta, has closed.The Midtown restaurant was one of the few restaurants to be housed in a former church and was the site for proms,anniversarys,special occasions as well as a tourist hot spot.
SUSY WONG,the former ONYX BAR -COMMUNE'S bar, is scheduled to open this August.The views from its vantage point are outstanding and the new asian theme promises to add to the allure.
A point to ponder:Bruno Menard's departure from the Ritz Carlton Buckhead's 5 star,5 diamond THE DINING ROOM breaks a mini trend that has added luster to the Atlanta dining scene for the past 10 years.Unlike Guenter Seeger and Joel Antunes before him,he is not setting up shop in Atlanta but returning to Tokyo.Makes me wonder what would have happened if he had followed precedent and opened his own shop here. With his skills ,Atlanta could have had an even better array of culinary offerings. I guess we will just have to see if the Ritz follows their tradition and selects another star to helm tthe legendary room.
Posted 20 June 2005 - 08:12 AM
IN other news,WOODFIRE GRILL will celebrate its third anniversary Agust 18 with a 4 star studded affair.Celebrity chefs Mike Miller(COYOTE CAFE),Scott Peacock(WATERSHED) and ,Chris Hastings(HOT AND HOT FISH CLUB) will help Chef Michael to celebrate the occasion.
Internationally acclaimed chefs Rafih and Ritat Benjellour will host a dinner honoring Slow Food USA July 18 at their restaurant IMPERIAL FEZ.
Posted 23 June 2005 - 07:31 PM
In today's (June 23)AJC former food writer John Kessler writes about Daniel Porubiansky and his largely unnoticed but substantial presence on a
Atlanta's fine dining scene over the last 20 years.Danny,a 40 year old Atlanta native,has worked under Guenter Seeger,both at the Ritz-Carlton and at SEEGERS; at BACCHANALIA ;and with Bruno Menard,the recently departed top toque at the Ritz.He is currently serving as the head chef at the DINING ROOM until a new chef is named. But he is also a candidate,in fact ,he will be the first one to appear before the panal that will select the heir to the throne of one of the nation's most honored fine dining establishments. After reading about chef Daniel,I am convinced that even if he does not get this post,he will be a star-a 5 star in fact-somewhere,soon.It should be interesting to watch where he does land.
Oscar Morales,the owner of the Southside super star,OSCAR'S has pulled out of his downtown venture,LUXE.According to the July issue of Atlanta magazine,he and the other partners were "going in different directions".The website indicates that LUXE is only open for dinner now and seems to be operating more as a club. Hmm?
Karen Smiley,owner/operater of Castleberry Hill cool spot,SLICE'S,is planning to open a bar on the same steet as her hip pizza place called SMILEY'S.This area -on the southwestern edge of downtown-continues to garner the arts and boho crowd.
Posted 01 July 2005 - 08:56 AM
OLA,a taqueria,tapas and wine bar will be opening soon at thecurrent hot spot in the ATRL,14th@Peach.
STRIP, a steak and sushi operation whose motto is Meat - Drink - Eat, will debut this fall in the Atlantic Station 's District-the public square.
Speaking of public squares,JAKE's ,intown's coolest ice cream /sandwich stop,has moved from its original location in the old Fourth Ward to downtown Decatur.Adding even more panache to one of the hippest 'hoods in the metro area.
In other news and notes:
Jay Swift,long time top toque at SOUTH CITY KITCHEN and most recently chef and partner at SMOKEJACK,an outside the Perimeter(OTP) BBQ joint, has assumed the head chef position at RAINWATER. Not to fret,the two restos share owners and as a result chef Jay will go from a 6,900 sq ft BBQ joint to the 22,000 sq ft premier restaurant/event space OTP.
Hilton Jacobs and Lucy Alverez,co-owner's of the now defunct Virgina -Highlands pioneer MAMBO,have opened MOJITO in the Wyndham Hotel in Midtown.
Buckhead fave,NAVA,will sport a new patio bar-an outdoor lounge designed by Neill/Carter architects.
ZOCALA,the Mexican cuisine restos,will be opening their third location in Grant Park.The will also celebrate their 10th anniversery this July 4th.
Hope everyone has a safe and festive Holiday.
Edited by micropundit, 01 July 2005 - 09:16 AM.
Posted 08 July 2005 - 05:07 AM
A graduate of Johnson & Wales, Chef Doty worked under Chef Guenter Seeger for two years and became the executive chef and owner of Mumbo Jumbo in Downtown Atlanta, while also pursuing stints at various restaurants around the world, before opening MidCity Cuisine in April 2003.
According to the Friday,July 8 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Doty signed a deal with Manhatten -based Restaurant Associates who will manage the operations.They also provide their services to such venues as NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim.TABLE 1280 is scheduled to open September 13th.
In other news of note from Midtown,the Four Seasons Hotel's PARK 75 LOUNGE & TERRACE reopened last evening after a swank renovation.Billing itself as "Midtown's Living Room", the plush and intimate spot hosted a serious party that was SRO with the ATL's foodies and fashionistas.Next up a renovation for the main restaurant?
TROIS,Bob Amick's 13,000 sq ft opus magnum across the street from PARK 75,will have 3 architects/designers,including a renowned London firm.It is scheduled to open April 2006.The hits just keep on coming.
And on another note ,next on the 14th @Peach corridor,OLA,a Here to Serve Restaurant taqueria,will replace PERI PERI next month.
Shifting from the Midtown scene,Doc Lawrence,a noted wine and dining writer,stated in his column for a local monthly magazine that Mavin Woods,the host and star of Turner South's cooking show Home Plate,will open an Atlanta restaurant this Spring.Woods, who operates a North Miami restaurant ,M WOODS,has a resume that includes top rated places in London,New York and Charlston,South Carolina.Sounds like a winner to me.
Until the next time,be good.
Edited by micropundit, 08 July 2005 - 06:10 PM.
Posted 14 July 2005 - 05:41 AM
The cafe is the mogul’s latest addition to his growing business portfolio, which includes the So So Def Record label, a film division, the 3 Vodka liquor brand (which is distilled from Soy) and other ventures,including a planned 50 room hotel here in Atlanta.
JASON'S DELI, a Houston based franchise,will occupy the seemingly well placed but often vacated 10th street location in Post Parkside's apartment complex.It will be the third ATL location for the eatery that promises no trans fats on their sandwiches,wings and soup menu.
Danial Zoby is now executive chef at CITY GRILL, the long time downtown dining spot,after 2 years as sous chef.Chef Danial formely owned SAVEUR in D.C.
Nancy Delgado will be the opening chef at OLA,the replacement for Here to Serve Restaurant's "to be moved to another location" PERI PERI.
Craig Richards will be the new chef at LA TAVOLA TRATTORIA in August. Craig comes to Atlanta from Lidia’s in Pittsburgh
Ford Fry(what a great name for a chef),executive chef for EATZI'S Dunwoody location has been named as the corporate chef to assist the Dallas based chain in it's planned 30 unit national expansion.Atlanta ,by the way,is the only city with 2 EATZI's,an upsale deli /foodmarket / catering concept that averages ,according to the company,$13 million dollars a unit.
Untill next time,be good.(and if you can't,be careful)
Edited by micropundit, 14 July 2005 - 10:43 AM.
Posted 22 July 2005 - 07:39 AM
The Atlanta restaurant scene ,such as it has been,was almost the exclusive province of Pano Karatassos'Buckhead Life Group.Now, the best new and exciting restaurants(and drawing national attention) are coming from two veterans with differing approaches but very similar results.
Bob Amick and Tom Catherall are fast becoming the trendsetters and the faces of Atlanta's dining scene.One,Bob,an entrepreneur,has created an international buzz with TWO URBAN LICKS,the intown restaurant with"daring decor,fiery cuisine...and wine by the barrel."the other,Tom,a certified master chef with a country club pedigree,has recieved standing room only success with SHOUT,"a culinary multiplex...(with)food(that is)..a global grab bag of fun..the restaurant of the future.."
While Pano has not developed a restaurant since 2001,the new kids have dropped TWIST(the Buckhead see and be seen bar/sushi spot/diner)and,ONE MIDTOWN KITCHEN (with the recent addition of Richard Blais,soon to become the ATL's WD-50/MOTO).And wait there is more.This fall Tom debuts in Atlantic Station-Atlanta's new chic Chicago on the Chattahochee urban oasis)with STRIP STEAK and SUSHI and Bill brings us PIEBAR,a clever fast casual pizzia concept with wine bar and tapas overtones.
And in 2006,Bill will unveil,the much anticipated TROIS, "our version of a modern French Brasserie..that will be a little more refined than (the) last two projects."With a spectacular location overlooking the proposed Atlanta Symphony Center and three-insert joke here-architectual firms,as well as 13,00 square feet to work with,it should be worth the wait.
With these two hard at work bring new and innovative concepts and chefs to the scene,the next few years are going to be very exciting for Atalnta and food lovers everywhere.
News and notes:
POP,located in dynamic downtown Decatur next to WATERSHED,is drawing rave reviews for its cool,casual decor and food.
FOODS 101,whose owners also operate SOTO in Vinings and another food 101 in Sandy Springs,will open in the old INDIGO/HORIZON location in Morningside.
BONEHEAD'S,another Raving Brands concept-MOE's,MAMA FU's-will open its first two locations in Woodstock,Georgia and in the old JIM WHITE'S HALF SHELL in the Peachtree Batlle shopping center.
According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle,Bob Amick will be opening 2 restaurants at Symphony Tower.TAP,a bistro,will open 6 months after TROIS on the corner of 14th@Peach.
PIEBAR's chefs are:Melissa Fedorko, Gregory Vivier, Gerald Alexander, Executive Pasty Chef Jennifer Etchison, and Assistant Pastry Chef Emily Greer.
Edited by micropundit, 22 July 2005 - 12:00 PM.
Posted 29 July 2005 - 07:12 AM
In addition,there are a variety of side dishes (priced $4-12) and three prices for
antipasto depending on number of ingredients. Wines are either $5/$7 (white
or red.) "You're looking at north of $20/person checks in a fun
atmosphere that takes advantage of the building's particular challenges. "
There is also a great deal of excitement about the recent announcement that Wolfgang Puck will oversee the catering operation of the Georgia Aquarium. Wolfgang Puck Catering (WPC) will operate exclusive special event catering services at the Aquarium, allowing visitors to enjoy customized menus and professional event staff paired with the extraordinary setting.Large viewing windows into the Aquarium’s aquatic habitats are found in the 16,400 sq. ft. Aquarium ballroom, which anchors the Aquarium event space. The ballroom can service 1,100 for a seated dinner and up to 1,800 for a reception. More intimate spaces are available for private gatherings, and the entire Aquarium accommodates up to 10,000 for larger events. WPC will maintain a full-service catering operation, including a kosher kitchen on site.
Chuck Banicki, formerly General Manager of the American Museum of Natural History for Restaurant Associates, will oversee the 250-seat Café Aquaria, located on the Aquarium’s atrium level. According to Banicki, Café Aquaria will have a selection of “Best in Class” café stations featuring local and national favorites and appealing to a broad range of tastes.
The Aquarium ,which is being billed as the largest in America,will feature, among other
things,the only 2 Whale sharks-nature's largest fish-in North America,is scheduled to open November 23rd.
More Amick news on TAP:Bob has signed a lease to get the
5,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Symphony Tower
building being constructed on the corner of 14th and Peachtree streets.(He already is constructing TROIS,a 13,000 sq ft space at the buildings rear-quess he will get them coming and going).
Amick and business partner Todd Rushing intend to create a pub-like
neighborhood restaurant, tentatively called TAP. It will include a
1,600-square-feet patio adjacent to the sidewalk on Peachtree.
TAP will be among Amick's more casual eateries, with an average check price
of $20, compared with check averages in the upper $30s at both ONE and TWO.
'till the next time,take care.
Posted 05 August 2005 - 05:56 AM
In my opinion,Since 1996 Atlanta's ascent to the upper ranks of America's culinary capitals has been sparked by a combination of great chefs-Guenter Seeger,Anne Quattrano and Joel Antunes ,et. al. -and their well designed, attractive restaurants.
Now the *wow* factor has seemingly become the driver in the increasingly competitive Atlanta market.For example,the successes of ONE MIDTOWN KITCHEN,TWO URBAN LICKS and PIEBAR stem in large part from their unique designs.The food,presented by some really fine chefs,is almost secondary to the "vibe".And most of that "vibe" was provided by Atlanta's Johnson Studio ,who has parlayed the national acclaim received by clients such as BLUEPOINT(1999 Esquire magazine Best New Restaurants listing) and RATHBUNS(2004 Esquire magazine award winner) to establish an international practice.
And more design forward restaurants are on the way,featuring the work of both national and international firms. EMERIL'S ATLANTA brought New York based( and internationally acclaimed )the Rockwell Group to Atlanta for their first major restaurant here.While local food reviewers have not been overwhelmed,EMERIL'S ambience continues to pack 'em in.The GLOBE, the Technology Square hotspot,has
only been open 6 weeks and it has already been cited by the local daily for"its intriguing architecture" and awarded a 3 star review.And it appears more gastronomical glamor is on the way.TABLE 1280,the Woodruff Arts Center's restaurant and tapas lounge opening September,13,was designed by Renzio Piano and a leading Boston firm.Atlanta's ROSA MEXICANO,located in Atlantic Station,will be designed by the Rockwell Group.Added to the list is TROIS,Bob Amick's take on a french bistro,which will feature a London design firm's work.
It all sounds rather exciting but what do think? What will attract your dining dollars,good food/good design?
NEWS and NOTES:
OSCAR'S,the restaurant that focused attention on the southside dining scene, has closed.
The EAST ANDREW'S CAFE's chef Nico Romo and partners will launch THE MILTON HOUSE,a 200 seat "Southern restaurant,in Crabapple -a North Atlanta suburb-this October.
Chefs fromBLUEPOINT,SOTTO SOTTO,BABETTE'S CAFE and others will be featured on This is Atlanta Cooking,which airs on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on WPBA .
Well that is all from me for now.Hope to hear from you .
Posted 08 August 2005 - 07:42 AM
One of the highlights of the feature was the mention of Wolfgang Puck's role as chief of catering.That alone will make the GA the *it* place for all of the major soirees,once the exclusive province of the Buckhead section of town.
Along those lines,comes the rumor that BED(Beverage,Entertainment and Dining),a sexy,sophisticated operation with outposts in Miami Beach and Manhatten will locate a branch at the Glenn hotel ,scheduled to open in downtown Atlanta this December.Their resaurants feature a gourmet French inspired menu,creative cocktails, exotic setting with panoramic views-yes,beds are a prominent design element-and ultra premium champagnes.Add in a "refreshing brunch concept"and this sounds as if it should be a hit with the global Schrager-chic crowd.
NEWS and NOTES:
Gourmet magazine's September issue features several ATL restaurants in their "Where to Eat Now in America" section. They inclued WOODFIRE GRILL,ENO and ONE MIDTOWN KITCHEN.Kudos to those fine establishments.
SEASONS 52,a new healthy,fine dining concept out of the Darden company.will open 2 units in Atlanta this Spring.One in Buckhead plaza and one at Perimeter Center.
Finally,the vacant space in Midtown that was formerly SALT appears to have attracted a new tenant.Look for AVRA,a Greek tavern to open there this winter.
Have a great week people.
Posted 12 August 2005 - 05:56 AM
From cosmetics to cookware ,asian influences have become a driver for the creation of new ways for Americans to enjoy their lives.Changing demographics are but one of the many reasons that foodies and others are flocking to Thai,Vietnamese,Indian as well as Chinese restaurants in steadily increasiing numbers.And it appears that this trend is alive and well here in Atlanta.
Among the restaurants Food & Wine focused on were Atlanta's CON VIETNAMESE GRILL.Owners-and siblings-Duc and Hieu Tran's modestly priced Buford Highway
eatery was cited as one of the best new asian restaurants in America.It was joined by another local newcomer SAMPAN.SOTO,the Buckhead sushi lovers paradise, and its chef owner was placed on the list of America's best sushi restaurants,a list that included NOBU,MORIMOTO and the $350 a head MASA.
Kudos go out to these restaurants and their owners and staff for their hard work and effort.
NEWS and NOTES
In keeping with the focus on asian theme:
Signs point to a Japanese restaurant,MATSURI, soon occupying the former YOUNGBLOOD'S R&B CAFE space on Ponce de Leon.
MU LAN,the Midtown upscale Chinese restaurant,is opening a branch in Southwest Atlanta at 1195 Fairburn Road.
In other hot happenings,POOLSIDE ON PEACHTREE,the new outdoor bar at NAVA,opens September 17th.
Atlantic Station's hot new hotel/condo tower,Twelve@Atlantic Station,will debut it's restaurant, TABLE 12,this Winter.
I would like to thank all of you who have e-mailed me for your support and appreciation.Keep those card and letters coming.Until the next time.. .
Posted 12 August 2005 - 08:17 AM
and I would like to offer my thanks for Micropundit's tenacity and fortitude in tracking down "leads" on all of the newest, and even future, dining places opening here in Atlanta! This city is simply bursting with new culinary endeavors and we who live here are the recipients of the talent coming in and already residing here.
I would like to thank all of you who have e-mailed me for your support and appreciation.Keep those card and letters coming.Until the next time.. .
Micropundit has absolutely "nailed" a topic which he accurately updates and monitors daily! Bravo! Keep on doing what you do for us!