1) Grant Park: Nick Poulos, the namesake of hole-in-the-wall Greek takeout restaurant Nick's Food to Go, is retiring. But fear not, gyro fans: The restaurant is not closing. Nick's wife Eleni will run the kitchen, and his daughter Evie will take over management, according to Atlanta Magazine.
"He's just taking a backseat for now," Evie says about her father. "He's 71. It's time for him to relax. He likes being around the customers, but he's not going to be there all the time." For the time being, Nick is still assisting with select duties.
Expect to see small changes made to the restaurant's menu and patio under the mother-daughter team.
2) Decatur: The space that formerly housed MARBAR will be taking on a new concept soon. Deborah VanTrece, executive chef/owner of the Catering Company by VanTrece, will open a restaurant called Twisted Soul. VanTrece shared some details with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Bob Townsend:
"I have been working on this for some time, since I closed my restaurant, Edible Art Cafe in East Atlanta," VanTrece said. "I am so excited to bring my Southern flair to the Decatur area."
MARBAR shuttered in late October, five months after reopening under a slightly different concept. The restaurant, which originally launched as MAR Coastal, had taken five months off to retool. However, the changes apparently didn't help much, and Jenny Turknett of the AJC awarded MARBAR zero stars in a September review. Shortly after it closed, Bob Townsend of the AJC reported a rumor that new ownership would soon be opening a new concept.