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Timone's Shutters in Morningside; Adam Evans Leaving The Optimist

All the Atlanta restaurant info you need to start your day on Monday, July 27.


— Timone's Pizza & Deli, Ron Eyester's recently revamped Morningside pizzeria, shuttered for good at the end of service on Sunday. Eyester announced the decision to close on Facebook, saying the restaurant had been a learning experience: "But unfortunately, we have arrived at a tough crossroads, and I have decided to close Timone's. As not to focus on the negative here, one door closes and another opens; I think it's time we take a step back, and focus on the core elements that initially defined our success here in Morningside. Rosebud and The Family Dog have undoubtedly been steadfast parts of this neighborhood, and while exploring other growth options is exciting, these two concepts reflect my personality like no other."

— Adam Evans, who has run the kitchen at Ford Fry's The Optimist since it opened in 2012, is leaving the restaurant. PR for Fry's Rocket Farm Restaurants told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Evans' last day at the Westside seafood house will be Friday, August 14. There's no word yet on who might replace the chef, but Fry often prefers to promote from within his restaurant group.

— Former Woodfire Grill owner Nicolas Quinones is officially on board as general manager at Cooks & Soldiers. Federico Castellucci III, president of Castellucci Hospitality Group, announced the move, which had been previously reported, in a prepared statement: "We are pleased to welcome Nicolas into the CHG family. We believe his dedication to a superior level of service and passion for creating a unique experience at the dinner table will greatly contribute to the growing success of Cooks & Soldiers."

— The former Emory Village Chevron, which has existed as a gas station for decades, will be reborn as a wine store. Plans call for the removal of underground fuel tanks and renovating the space into a 2,000-square-foot retail outlet, with the potential for conversion into a small restaurant in the future.

The Optimist

1400 Adams Street, , TN 37208 (615) 709-3156 Visit Website


1409 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Cooks & Soldiers

691 14th Street Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 996-2623 Visit Website