1) MARIETTA — Local chef/restaurateur Doug Turbush, the man behind Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar, is working on a third eatery. Turbush will open Drift, a "modern fish house and oyster bar" in The Avenue East Cobb at 4475 Upper Roswell Road in late 2015. Look for seafood and meats coming from the restaurant's wood-burning grill, plus selection of oysters and other dishes from the raw bar. Chef de cuisine Bendan Keenan is working with Turbush on menu development. Jason Raymond is in as GM/sommelier, and Chris McNeil is crafting the beverage program as bar manager and mixologist.
"Drift is a chef-driven restaurant offering an approachable menu of creative, sustainable seafood preparations and techniques," Turbush said in a prepared statement. "The Avenue is an ideal location for a neighborhood gathering place, and we plan to deliver a dynamic dining destination and the high level of service our guests have come to expect from our restaurants."
2) VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND — Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company is expanding its operation and will relaunch at Cacao Cafe this Friday. The shop's sweet desserts will remain, but a selection of beverages, such as milkshakes and "sipping chocolates," plus new gelato and sundaes will be available. Cacao's new hours will be Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3) BUCKHEAD — Yeah! Burger is planning a third local outpost, reports Tomorrow's News Today. The gourmet hamburger restaurant will take over the former Loco's Deli & Pub space at 3167 Peachtree Road NE, and the team is hoping to be in business this fall. Yeah! Burger, which focuses on offering eco-friendly ingredients, is also working on expansion into the Nashville market. The chain currently operates restaurants in Virginia-Highland and Westside.
4) DECATUR — Highland Bakery, which has plans for a new location in The Place on Ponce mixed-use development, might be ready to go this summer, per Decaturish. Joining other locations in Old Fourth Ward, Midtown, Buckhead, and Druid Hills, the bakery will operate seven days a week.
5) DUNWOODY — Perimeter Mall seafood restaurant Goldfish will shutter at the end of this month, and in its place The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar will open, according to Tomorrow's News Today. The Cowfish is a Charlotte-based chain with additional locations in Raleigh, N.C., and Orlando, offering the odd combination of sushi and burgers.