1) Buckhead: Chef Randy Lewis, who was serving double-duty as executive chef at Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman in Buckhead Atlanta, is no longer with parent company Southern Proper Hospitality. PR for the restaurant group confirmed the news to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Randy Lewis is no longer affiliated with Southern Proper Hospitality. We appreciate the time he spent with us, building two great restaurants in Buckhead, Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman. We wish Randy all the best. Our national search for a new chef for our growing company is progressing and we look forward to making an announcement shortly.
Before taking over the restaurants, Lewis most recently worked as a culinary director at various California wineries.
2) Peachtree Hills: Longtime Atlanta chef Paul Albrecht, who helped open Pano's and Paul's in 1979, appears to be retiring. Albrecht is now in his 70's and has put his two current eateries, Paul's Restaurant and Social Vinings, up for sale, reports Tomorrow's News Today. Albrecht was a co-founder of the Buckhead Life restaurant group. He opened Paul's in 2005 and Social Vinings in 2008, the same year Pano's and Paul's closed.