Tom Murphy's Morningside plans have been revealed. The local restaurateur will open Morningside Kitchen in the former Rosebud space, reports Tomorrow's News Today, and the timeline calls for a mid-to-late-March launch. The restaurant will serve "neighborhood comfort food" for dinner and brunch, according to its Facebook page.
Murphy purchased the space from angry chef Ron Eyester, who shuttered his three Morningside restaurants — Timone's and The Family Dog, along with Rosebud — last year. The Family Dog has since relaunched under new ownership, and a second location for Decatur's Calle Latina could be on track to take over the Timone's space.
Murphy has operated his eponymous Virginia-Highland restaurant roughly a mile from Morningside Kitchen for more than 35 years. He opened his second area restaurant, Paces & Vine, in Vinings in October 2014.
Eyester closed down his Morningside empire so he could focus on Atlantic Station's Diner, which got off to a rocky start when it opened last spring. He recently revamped the menu at Diner, and he wants the restaurant to "emerge as a fantastic hub" in the neighborhood.