— Forthcoming Oakhurst restaurant Scout, which announced Michael Semancik as executive chef in June, now has a beverage director on board. Nate Shuman, who has made his name locally at 4th & Swift and The Georgian Terrace hotel’s Proof & Provision, among others, is on board to run Scout’s bar program.
“Even though we will take a ‘craft’ approach and create many of our drink ingredients in-house, like house made syrups and sodas, we’re avoiding the attitude that sometimes accompanies that philosophy,” Shuman said in a Wednesday announcement. “Our goal is to make Scout the place that serves a great version of your favorite drink – whether it’s a cocktail original to our restaurant or a classic that anyone could make at home. We want our guests to smile, relax and enjoy their experience.”
Scout is shaping up to be a Georgian Terrace reunion of sorts. Semancik previously served as executive chef at the hotel’s Livingston Restaurant + Bar, and partner Chris Martha was director of food and beverage at the hotel. At Scout, Shuman will develop the cocktail and beer menus, with a focus on local, and Martha will curate the wine list.
— Madison Burch, who was serving as beverage director for the Midtown-centric empire that includes Tavernpointe, Grain, Seven Lamps, Atwood's Pizza Cafe, and Cypress Street Pint & Plate, has resigned her post. Burch says her departure was amicable, and she’s looking to expand her view beyond the city.
“I've left to focus more on consulting for beverage programs along the East Coast, including Atlanta, and continue developing my sole proprietorship that prepares and delivers craft cocktail ingredients to high-volume craft bars (BarkeepATL),” Burch said in an email to Eater Atlanta. “I'll also be traveling a lot to further my education and be able to incorporate what the rest of the world is doing here in Atlanta. I wish the group I was previously with all the best, and we parted on friendly terms.”
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