Yebo Restaurant & Bar is opening in Phipps Plaza September 13 (with the grand opening September 12) in the space once home to The Grape and (briefly) Latitude. A tapas-only South African restaurant by Justin Anthony of 10 Degrees South, it will serve lunch and dinner. Anthony describes it as the “younger brother” of 10 Degrees South, offering similar fare with "a little bit of a twist."
South African fare, in case anyone was wondering, is a fusion of Portuguese, French, Malaysian, Indian, and Mediterranean influences. Anthony says Yebo will focus on fresh, organic cocktails using "flavorful ingredients and vibrant colors to really represent the vibe of the bungalow-inspired restaurant, as well as complement the dishes." Yebo will have happy hours with live music and a "safari chic" look with vibrant splashes of color.
When asked why Anthony believes Yebo will succeed in the Grape/Latitude space when both previous restaurants did not, he replied, "The Yebo concept is very unique; a place for Atlantans to escape from the general hectic life of the city. We hope to be recognized as a place for great food and delicious cocktails with a relaxed, casual vibe." Is he skirting the issue or just really excited? You decide.
In addition to opening Yebo, Anthony is working on expanding 10 Degrees South to Los Angeles and New York City, but nothing is definite yet.
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