The first hints of autumn are in the air, and with the new season will come the birth of new restaurants all over the city. From breakfast spots to purveyors of glitter pizza, here, in alphabetical order, are the most anticipated openings of the fall.
1) Old Fourth Ward: Ammazza
The Players: Hugh and Jason Connerty
The Situation: The brothers previously worked for Antico Equity Group, LLC, which bought development rights to, of course, Antico. Now they're opening their own restaurant, Ammazza. Their pizza won't be full-on, Naples-style traditional, though— instead, the brothers plan to use local ingredients and include something called glitter pizza on the menu. They'll also serve alcohol, fried spaghetti, and salads.
Projected Opening: September 18
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2) Midtown: Bantam & Biddy
The Players: Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere
The Situation: With the addition of fast-casual restaurant Bantam & Biddy to Ansley Mall, diners will be able to enjoy rotisserie chicken and traditional sides, as well as seasonal pies and a Bloody Mary menu. The duo behind this project, Shaun Doty, formerly of Yeah! Burger, and Lance Gummere from The Shed at Glenwood, are focusing on high-quality poultry and seasonal, local, and organic ingredients.
Projected Opening: Early October
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3) Midtown: Bar Antico
The Player: Giovanni DiPalma
The Situation: Antico owner and pizzaiolo DiPalama's new gelateria and limoncello bar, called Bar Antico, will also serve Neapolitan street food and have al fresco seating for 100. It's directly across the street from the pizzeria (DiPalma is going for a piazza-esque feel), so patrons will be able to have dinner at Antico, then walk across the street for dessert and a drink.
Projected Opening: Mid-October
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4) Buckhead: Buttermilk Kitchen
The Player: Suzanne Vizethann
The Situation: Chopped champion Vizethann will use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to make staple dishes with a twist, like pork belly BLT sandwiches or blueberry cobbler-stuffed pancakes, at her breakfast and lunch spot Buttermilk Kitchen. The chef hopes that her restaurant will be more than just a place to go for a meal. She wants it to be an educating experience and plans to open up the kitchen so that guests can learn about the food and where it comes from.
Projected Opening: Early September
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5) Dunwoody: Farm Burger + Morelli's
The Players: George Frangos of Farm Burger and Daniel Sargent of Morelli's
The Situation: Farm Burger and Morelli's are shacking up OTP. Their shared housing in the Georgetown shopping center in Dunwoody will be about 60% burger and 40% ice cream space-wise, and menus will stay similar to the ITP versions. This is the third location for both restaurants.
Projected Opening: The third week of September
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6) Decatur: The General Muir
The Players: The West Egg team, Jennifer and Ben Johnson and Shelley Sweet
The Situation: A Jewish-style deli with a bar, coffee shop, and pastry counter in addition to sit-down dining, The General Muir will start serving both traditional and innovative takes on Jewish deli classics in Emory Point after Thanksgiving. The restaurant, by the people who brought Atlanta West Egg, is named after the refugee transport ship that took owner Jennifer Johnson's mother and grandparents, Holocaust survivors, to New York after World War II.
Projected Opening: Late November
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Also of Note: The Ford Fry takeover of the Nava space in Buckhead is complete, and his still-nameless colonial restaurant should be open for business in January. Kevin Rathbun's KR Steakbar is slated to start serving "small plate steaks" this winter as well, and another fast-casual chicken joint by Shaun Doty will open in Atlantic Station in the spring of 2013. Doty calls the space both "classic and traditional" and "fun and really cute."