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The Most Anticipated Atlanta Restaurant Openings of 2015

There's plenty to look forward to in the coming year.

Atlanta will see a massive number of restaurants open their doors in 2015, and Eater's handy guide tracks everything going on in one convenient place. Below, take a look at 2015's most anticipated Atlanta openings. Don't see a certain spot you're excited about? Leave a comment or visit the tipline. We'll keep this guide updated as the year goes on.

Winter

Bad Dog Taqueria

The Emory Village restaurant that offers tacos and burritos is adding a second location in Old Fourth Ward. The new Bad Dog eatery should open across from Sister Louisa's Church in January. 476 Edgewood Avenue.

Condesa Coffee

The beloved Old Fourth Ward coffee shop is adding a second location in the former Atlanta Daily World building. The Condesa team hopes to begin brewing in Sweet Auburn this January. 145 Auburn Avenue NE.

Diner

Ron Eyester's forthcoming Atlantic Station restaurant, which will feature his take on modern diner fare, has been delayed since fall. It's now shooting to open by March. 261 19th Street NW.

Hi-Five Diner

Alex Brounstein closed his Midtown sandwich shop, Villains, on December 20, but he's not vacating the space. Brounstein will open his new concept in mid-January, offering coffee, diner cuisine, and cocktails. He hopes to re-open Villains in a new location sometime soon. 903 Peachtree Street NE.

Illegal Food

The former Joystick Gamebar pop-up is opening as a full-blown Virginia-Highland restaurant at the end of January. In addition to some more refined cuisine, it marks the return of The Hank, one of Atlanta's favorite burgers. 1044 Greenwood Avenue.

Le Fat

Guy Wong's Vietnamese restaurant, which is replacing Yum Bunz in Westside, has been delayed for nearly a year, but Wong is targeting a mid-February launch. When it opens, the eatery will serve pho, banh mi, and more, and it will have its own bakery.

Little Five Points Corner Tavern

The bar sustained significant damage in a May 2013 fire, but it's finally close to re-opening. The team hopes to start pouring drinks sometime between Valentine's Day and March 1. 1174 Euclid Avenue NE.

A concept from Atlanta rapper T.I.

The name and kitchen team are not yet known, but T.I. is opening a restaurant that will serve upscale Southern cuisine. It will move into the former Vibe Restaurant & Lounge space Downtown and is on track to open by March 1. 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.

Left: Diner; Right: Atlas; Below: Illegal Food

Spring

Amer

Brian Lewis and David Durnell of Bocado fame are opening a cocktail bar in Inman quarter. Serving "drinks that get your palate excited, and nicely composed dishes paired with the atmosphere and the drinks," Lewis says team is "building upon what they've established at Bocado." Look for a by the end of 2015's first quarter.

Ray's Rio Bravo

The long-rumored return of Rio Bravo is finally happening. The Tex-Mex restaurant will take up residence in the former Tasty China II space in Sandy Springs, and owner Ray Schoenbaum hopes to be in business by May 5. 6450 Powers Ferry Road, Sandy Springs.

Staplehouse

The purpose-driven restaurant helmed by Ryan Smith, previously of Empire State South, and dreamed up by the chef, Jen Hidinger, and the team at Local Three — Ryan Turner, Chris Hall, and Todd Mussman — has been delayed by the permitting process. But, a late-spring/early-summer opening is possible. Proceeds from the restaurant will go to The Giving Kitchen541 Edgewood Avenue.

Umi lounge

The Umi team is working on a semi-private, "swanky, and sexy" lounge a few doors down from the restaurant. Food from Umi chef Fuyuhiko Ito will be available, and co-owner Farshid Arshid hopes to bring in a well-respected industry veteran to create the cocktail program. 3050 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1.

Summer

American Cut

The steakhouse from celebrity chef Marc Forgione is targeting a late-spring/early-summer launch. When it opens, look for "urbane design with art deco accents culminating in a monumental space filled with fine food, spirits, a genuine touch in service and culinary prowess."

Barcelona Wine Bar

Barcelona is adding a second Atlanta location in the forthcoming Westside Ironworks development. The restaurant hopes to open by mid-2015. Howell Mill Road.

Dolce Italian

LDV Hospitality, the restaurant group behind Corso Coffee and American Cut in Buckhead Atlanta, is adding this Italian concept to the development. LDV's founder says it will capture the "effortless elegance of Fellini's Rome of the 1960s."

Georgia Beer Garden

In an old Edgewood Avenue animal clinic, the Joystick Gamebar team is launching a "Southern take on a classic biergarten." There will be an area designated to watch Georgia sports and plenty of outdoor space for warm-weather drinking. 420 Edgewood Avenue.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

The heralded burger restaurant from Alex Brounstein, with locations at Sweet Auburn Market, Piedmont Heights, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is adding a Decatur outpost. Brounstein hopes to open by summer. 433 North McDonough Street, Decatur.

Noble Fin

From 4th & Swift's Jay Swift, the Peachtree Corners restaurant will serve contemporary Mediterranean and American cuisine, with a focus on steaks and seafood. Swift's son Jeb Aldrich will run the kitchen as chef de cuisine. 5260 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross.

Revival

Opening in early June, it's Gunshow chef/owner Kevin Gillespie's take on the traditional meat-and-three. 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."

Fall

Linton's in the Garden

Linton Hopkins is opening a "plant-to-plate" restaurant that will be a part of the Atlanta Botanical Garden's multi-million-dollar expansion. It will seat more than 200, include a patio and rooftop deck, and offer views of the woodland garden and the Midtown skyline. 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE.

Linton's in the Garden

Rendering via Atlanta Botanical Garden

A new concept from Michael Arnette

The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group alum and owner of Valenza and Haven in Brookhaven is eyeing Chamblee for his next venture. Arnette is planning to open an "upscale casual" restaurant, serving classics like burgers, fries, and malts, in the former Brown Auto Service space. The timeline is vague, but Arnette is shooting for the second or third quarter of 2015. 4761 Peachtree Road, Chamblee.

Il Gusto

Old Fourth Ward's "Lantern House," which provides the colorful vessels of light for the BeltLine Lantern Parade, is transforming. Property owner George DeMeglio plans to open an Italian/Latin restaurant, and BoccaLupo's Bruce Logue and an unnamed sous-chef from "one of Atlanta's premier restaurant families" are consulting. Jeff Russell of Great Northern Pasta Company is consulting to help establish a fresh pasta program. 589 Ralph McGill Boulevard.

Ongoing Developments

Krog Street Market

  • Greg Best/Regan Smith concept, a bar/restaurant from the Holeman & Finch alums. Details are scarce, but look for a possible fall opening.
  • Gu's Dumplings, a market stall outpost from popular Buford Highway restaurant Gu's Bistro. It'll serve an array of dumplings and noodles as well as a few starters and other dishes like the spicy dry eggplant. An opening date is expected this winter.
  • Pannus Bakery, an international bakery specializing in Latin American, Hispanic, and European breads, pastries, and sandwiches.
  • Spice Road Chicken, a market stall from Spice to Table chef Asha Gomez featuring Kerala-style fried and rotisserie chicken, as well as a variety of sides.
  • Superica, a "Mex-Tex" restaurant from empire builder Ford Fry and chef Kevin Maxey with casual fare and a big patio. Opening in February.

Ponce City Market

  • Dub's Fish Camp, a "Southern interpretation of a New England clam shack" from Bacchanalia's Anne Quatrano. Look for a raw shell counter, housemade sandwiches, and steamed fish bowls at the casual "fish shack" this spring.
  • H&F Burger and H&F Bread Co., serving up the famous, though now easier to get, Holeman & Finch double stack, plus the restaurant's bread that is used in many restaurants across the city. Linton Hopkins says they should open in May.
  • Hector Santiago concept, which will likely be a reboot of his Super Pan or El Burro Pollo concepts.
  • Jia, opening this winter, is the Szechuan restaurant from Tasty China's Dahe Yang and chef Jiguo Jiang.
  • Juice Box, from the Rawesome Juicery team, is on pace to open this spring. Look for takeaway items such as oatmeal, protein, and nut bars; layered kale and fruit salads with house-made dressings; and seasonally flavored kombucha fermented in-house. A six-day juice cleanse, made to order, will be available as well.
  • Minero, the second outpost for James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock's Mexican restaurant. Plans call for an April launch.
  • Ton Ton, a Japanese restaurant with yakitori, ramen, and sushi from Guy Wong. Look for a spring opening.
  • A currently unnamed concept from the Chai Pani team.

Ponce City Market

Inman Quarter

  • Bartaco, a second Atlanta outpost for the causal taco-based restaurant. A third location is on track to open sometime this year in Buckhead.
  • Bread & Butterfly, an all-day cafe from Billy Allin and the Cakes & Ale team. The goal is for a May opening.
  • The Optimist sister concept, from Ford Fry and chef Adam Evans, will offer plenty of seafood and a raw bar.
  • MF Sushi is coming back to Atlanta, potentially by February. It's the relaunch of the defunct Midtown sushi spot from Alex and Chris Kinjo.

Avalon

  • Antico Pizza + Caffe Gio, another location in the Giovanni Di Palma empire.
  • Colletta, an Italian eatery from the team behind Oak Steakhouse. Service is scheduled to begin February 5.

Stay Tuned

Big Boss Chinese

Another long-delayed project from Guy Wong, the Decatur restaurant will eventually serve authentic Cantonese cuisine and dim sum. Wong hopes to open in the third quarter of 2015.

Little Trouble

Victory Brands is working on a Westside cocktail bar. Owner Ian Jones has said it will be "more bar scene than restaurant scene," and it's slated for a 3,000-foot-space below Abattoir.

Terminus City

Gunshow's Kevin Gillespie and Andreas Muller have been searching for a brick-and-mortar location for their whole-hog barbecue concept. But, with Revival coming this summer, Gillespie is putting the project on the back burner. Terminus City barbecue will continue to be available as a catered option.

Victory Sandwich Bar Inman Park

The second location for the local favorite, returning to its original neighborhood, has been delayed for some time by red tape. The process has left Ian Jones frustrated.

Now Open

Jittery Joe's

The popular Athens coffeeshop chain has opened an outpost in the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta lobby. It will offer an array of coffee in light, medium and dark varieties; coffee beverages, pastries by 181 Sweets; and retail products including coffee beans and mugs. 181 Peachtree Street NE.

American Food & Beverage

The second location for the Fort Worth, Texas-based restaurant is serving in Buckhead Atlanta. Executive chef Jeremy Miller says some dishes to expect include housemade Chorizo with a Scotch egg, Brunswick stew, and a turkey pastrami sandwich. Miller has said everything will be made in-house, and dinner items will be "very seasonal." 250 Buckhead Avenue, Suite 334.

Atlas

From Aria chef/owner Gerry Klaskala, the new restaurant/art gallery in Buckhead's St. Regis hotel is in business. Chef de cuisine Christopher Grossman is running the kitchen and preparing seasonal cuisine "accented with gracious Southern hospitality." 88 West Paces Ferry Road.

Community Smith

From executive chef Micah Willix, the restaurant replaced Briza in the space adjacent to the Renaissance Midtown hotel. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Willix plans to take a unique approach to preparing a variety of proteins. Look for Community Smith to open in January. 866 West Peachtree Street NW.

Souper Jenny

Jenny Levison opened another branch of her soup and health-food reastaurant in Westside. The new Souper Jenny has set up shop in the former Urban pl8 space. 1082 Huff Road.

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