Old Fourth Ward's Staplehouse, the James Beard Award semifinalist for America's Best New Restaurant, is trading in Sunday dinner for brunch. An email blast sent out Thursday afternoon reads, "You asked for it, Atlanta, and we heard you! We are moving to Sunday Brunch starting in March."
Brunch reservations for the dining room and patio are already available online via Tock, and the first service is scheduled for March 6. The restaurant's brunch hours will be when "Staplehouse dishes meet Sunday morning vibes," according to a brief description on the Tock site.
Update: Staplehouse proprietor Jen Hidinger says the team tested brunch on Super Bowl Sunday and found it was a success. She shared details on what to expect:
"Brunch is a la carte," Hidinger said in an email to Eater Atlanta. "Think Staplehouse a la carte dishes meet Sunday morning eggs, all composed, maybe a shrimp and grits dish or smoked trout salad, or a quiche with salad dish.
"We are always working on new and inventive special cocktails and will offer a smaller sample cocktail list most likely on Sundays. This is new for us, so we are in development!"
Staplehouse's final Sunday dinner service is this week. After that, hours will shift from noon to 5 p.m.
In addition to the Best New Restaurant nod, chef Ryan Smith is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: Southeast award. Staplehouse has received rave reviews from local critics, garnering three stars from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and several picks for "best meal" in Eater Atlanta's 2015 year-end survey.
Staplehouse, located at 541 Edgewood Avenue, is the evolution of Hidinger's pop-up with her late husband and chef Ryan. Proceeds from the restaurant benefit The Giving Kitchen.