This year, Midtown's mixed-use development Atlantic Station will see the opening of three local restaurant concepts: a smokehouse and oyster bar from the team behind the Shed at Glenwood, a second chicken joint from Bantam & Biddy's Shaun Doty, and a diner from "Morningside mayor" Ron Eyester.
About the move toward local businesses, North American Properties managing partner Mark Toro tells Eater, "When we acquired Atlantic Station [in 2011], it was very loud and clear from the Midtown community that they were more interested in local boutiques and restaurants than the chains that had been offered. It took us about a year and a half to find the right fit, but we've been working with these restaurateurs for a while, and now [their concepts] are all coming to fruition." He adds, "It's the last stamp of approval, that the chef-driven community has now embraced Atlantic Station's turnaround." Check out the details on the three new restaurants below.
1) The Pig and the Pearl: Coming this fall from the team behind the Shed at Glenwood is the Pig and the Pearl, a smokehouse and raw bar concept that will replace a portion of Geisha House. Todd Richards will be the executive chef.
2) Diner: Ron Eyester, proprietor of Rosebud, the Family Dog, and forthcoming pizza joint Timone's, all of which are on the same North Highland stretch of Morningside, is opening a diner in Atlantic Station. He's calling it Diner, and it will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in what used to be the FOX Sports Grill space this winter.
3) Chick-a-Biddy: Moving into the former Grape space is Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere's Chick-a-Biddy, a spin-off of their Ansley Mall restaurant, Bantam & Biddy. Set to open this summer, Chick-a-Biddy will offer wood-grilled chicken and more.
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