Ford Fry's new restaurant in Buckhead now has a name. It'll be called King + Duke, after two characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the classic American novel by Mark Twain. About the restaurant, which replaced Nava, will have "an awesome patio," and opens in March, the chef told Eater National:
[It's going to have] a 24-foot wood-burning hearth, an actual fireplace, where we've got tons of coal and burning wood moving around. It's primitive but exacting food. We may have ducks spinning or hanging from the hearth, and beneath it we'll have potatoes or other ingredients catching the juices of the proteins roasting above. They're going to be simple flavors, but you won't be able to find that kind of taste at other restaurants.
To Fry, the technique brought elements of classic literature to mind. Growing up, the chef loved the Twain novel its characters the king and the duke, who "put on the façade of being royalty but were actually hillbillies." Head over to Eater National to read more about Fry's easy-going temperament, how it affects his career, and why he thinks The Optimist's recent accolade is "ridiculous."
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