With chefs Ford Fry and Robert Gertesnecker already on board, Bar Margot has added two more well-known Atlanta industry pros to its roster. Greg Best and Paul Calvert, who are currently partnering to open an as-of-yet unnamed Krog Street Market venture, have teamed up to design the beverage program at the forthcoming Four Seasons restaurant.
Best, previously of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch, and Calvert, most recently of Paper Plane and Victory Sandwich Bar, have come up with seven cocktails for the drink menu, in addition to four more for a nightcap menu. Among the regular selections:
- Gin Margot (a variation on a gin and tonic that includes sherry)
- Lady Victoria (a "fresh and garden-esque" vodka-based drink)
- Mercy Street (a "souped-up Old Fashioned with a kick of Irish whiskey")
The two created their menu to complement Bar Margot's cuisine. Gerstenecker will run the kitchen, serving dishes such as tagliolini cacio e pepe, made from housemade noodles and tossed with black pepper, pasta parmiagiano reggiano, and pecorino romano, and a take on the Monte Cristo, with cotto ham, smoked turkey, and field greens stuffed between butter-toasted brioche and topped with raspberry jam. Fry has also been hinting at a few dishes on Instagram, including a pretty enticing burger and buratta with pistachio butter.
"When I go out for a drink, I want to feel like I'm on vacation," Best said in a prepared statement. "This spot is meant to be a return to a lost era when the hotel bar was the main intersection between a hotel and the place where it's located. We've worked closely with the Ford Fry and Four Seasons team to create a food and beverage menu that positions Bar Margot to be the destination where locals and visitors meet for drinks and stay for dinner."
Bar Margot opens to the public on Monday. Lunch and dinner will be served Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 3 p.m. to midnight. A live DJ will spin records each Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight.