Ron Eyester, the Top Chef alum who saw his culinary empire fall over the last year, is running a kitchen again. Eyester is on board as executive chef at Sandy Springs restaurant Nancy G's, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he's cooking up upscale Southern fare.
"Nancy found out what my situation was," Eyester told the AJC. "She pitched me pretty adamantly about coming over her and helping out. The place demands a full-time chef to make fundamental changes that have to be implemented on a daily basis. Based on that, and needing income immediately, the situation made sense."
Nancy G's has been in business for 10 years at 4920 Roswell Rd., and it will reportedly undergo a name change later this summer. The Angry Chef indicated he's up to his old tricks, attempting to give the restaurant a neighborhood vibe and looking to "capture the brunch market."
Eyester previously operated three restaurants in Morningside — Rosebud, The Family Dog, and Timone's — along with another, Diner, in Atlantic Station. He closed Timone's last July and followed that up by shuttering Rosebud and The Family Dog in October. The final domino fell four months ago when he closed Diner. Eyester admitted he had overextended himself, and he indicated his next project, which has turned out to be Nancy G's, would get all of his attention.
"If I've learned one lesson, it's that I'm done with multiple concepts," Eyester told Eater Atlanta in October. "I'm on restaurant birth control for a very long time."
The Family Dog has since reopened under new ownership, and local restaurateur Tom Murphy transformed Rosebud into Morningside Kitchen. The spaces that previously housed Timone's and Diner remain vacant.