Top Chef alum Eli Kirshtein is opening his restaurant, The Luminary, on Tuesday, August 5. The French-American brasserie will feature a classically inspired menu, large raw bar, craft beer and cocktail program, and 400-square-foot patio space. It's the first restaurant to open at Krog Street Market.
"Being a resident myself and drawing on my personal roots as a cook, we're excited to bring a proper brasserie to Inman Park," Kirshtein said in a release. "It was important for us to focus on the neighborhood and help contribute to the already amazing growth that is happening here. Finding a name like The Luminary, with so much of Atlanta's history tied to it, it becomes just another layer to the narrative. We want to bring great French bistro dishes that are both comforting and exciting to the table. We strive to have a unique culinary program, while still being approachable."
The name comes from Atlanta's first newspaper. Diners should look for an "American slant on the traditional French concept." The menu will feature dishes such as steak frites, croque-monsieur, roasted chicken hearts, and chicken liver mousse. Ian Cox, formerly of Wrecking Bar Brewpub, will manage the bar program, which will offer 24 drafts and 30 bottled beers, plus cocktails that focus "on the many places the French have left their mark, whether it be New Orleans, Montreal, or Vietnam." A list of French and domestic wines will be available, as well.
The Luminary will be open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will expand hours and begin serving lunch in the coming weeks.