Offering a casual atmosphere and "modern campfire cuisine," Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall opens for business today at 5 p.m. adjacent to the BeltLine's Eastside Trail. Kyle Schmidt, formerly of King + Duke and No. 246, is running the kitchen after original executive chef Robert Lupo recently resigned.
The restaurant is still awaiting a state liquor license, but owner Michael Lennox expects it to come through "very soon." Once the bar is up and running, look for simple cocktails and a large number of domestic beers, focusing on Georgia and Southeastern brews. In the meantime, BYOB is encouraged.
The menu will include dishes such as Navajo fry bread, fried smelt, and cheeseburgers ground in house. Ladybird is open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to midnight. Reservations are available for parties of eight or more.
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