Since first hearing about Ford Fry's planned Inman Quarter venture, the local restaurant magnate has opened a whopping five eateries in Atlanta and another in Houston. Finally, it's BeetleCat's turn. Fry's latest project has opened its doors and is officially in business.
Andrew Isabella, a longtime chef under the Ford Fry Restaurants umbrella, is in charge of the kitchen at the Inman Quarter eatery. Fry has said the oyster bar will always feature "a minimum of 12 varieties of oysters from all coasts and water depths," and the main menu will suggest diners to share simple plates such as wood-roasted crab, octopus, and clams. Ford Fry director of pastry Chrysta Poulos's desserts include coconut cream cake with chile-lime peanuts and roasted pineapple with hot buttered rum sauce and star anise ice cream. At the bar, beverage director Lara Creasy will serve a rotating menu of housemade punches, tiki drinks, and "updated versions of '80s oceanfront bar classics."
BeetleCat is situated at 299 North Highland Avenue NE, on the corner of Elizabeth Street. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 3 p.m. 10 p.m. Late-night dining is offered Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.