Kevin Gillespie, former Top Chef fan favorite, Terminus City barbecue purveyor, and proprietor of the wildly popular Gunshow, is opening a second restaurant in Decatur. Revival will operate as a meat-and-three and offer a "fresh take on the traditional, family-style Sunday dinner, with a focus on farm-raised and artisan-prepared ingredients."
"I have fallen back in love with the traditional dishes I grew up eating, and those that represent the beautiful culinary traditions of the Deep South," Gillespie said in a prepared statement. "Inspired by the cooking of my grandmothers and the history of our region, I want to breathe new life into that classic family-style restaurant, or 'meat-and-three.' We hope to showcase the dishes with a passion and precision that is largely unavailable currently."
The menu will offer seasonal meats, fish, and fresh vegetables, with options that change daily. Lunch will be served a la carte, and Gillespie said dinner "will more closely resemble a classic Southern family-style spread served in your grandmother's home. Revival will be like going to your grandma's on Sunday — except every day."
Gillespie plans to open Revival at 129 Church Street in early June. Whether that means a delay for his brick-and-mortar outpost for Terminus City, which currently operates as a catering and weekend to-go business out of Gunshow, remains to be seen. However, a local tipster tells Eater Atlanta that project has been put on the back burner.
UPDATE: PR for Gillespie confirms the chef is shifting his attention to Revival:
"Until Revival opens, they will continue to do Terminus City catering from Gunshow. Once Revival opens they will do it from there. The search for Terminus City's brick-and-mortar location is still ongoing, but Revival is their main focus right now."
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