Westside ramen shop Raku is moving
An Eater reader reached out after discovering Raku on Marietta Street at the edge of the Georgia Tech campus had closed. The caution tape surrounding the property and its current state of disrepair have lead to the impression the restaurant may have experienced a fire. However, upon further inspection, Eater Atlanta has learned Raku is simply moving to a new location.
A note taped to the building reads:
“Raku Atlanta closed on December 12 due to development being constructed next year on Marietta Street. However, we will REOPEN the restaurant around the middle of March  at 944 Marietta St NW Atlanta located next to the M Street apartments leasing center [corner of Northside and Marietta]. The new restaurant will be called Tina’s Sushi & Ramen and we will continue to serve ramen and bibimbar with an addition of sushi and rolls.”
Rosa Mexicano has closed at Atlantic Station
The restaurant, one of the first to open at Atlantic Station in 2006, apparently closed its doors over the Christmas holiday. A sign posted on the door alerted patrons to the shutter. There is no word as to the reason behind the closure or what will replace the restaurant which was located on 18th Street.
Nakato moves reservations to RESERVE
The long-standing Japanese restaurant on Cheshire Bridge Road is taking a cue from other Atlanta establishments who have cut ties with OpenTable and moving their reservations to RESERVE on January 1. Back in July, Atlanta Magazine’s Julia Bainbridge highlighted the financial burden many restaurants, including BoccaLupo and Canoe, have experienced with OpenTable.
The Year in Eater
As is the year end tradition, Eater Atlanta surveyed a handful of the city’s food editors on everything from their best meal to their biggest dining grievance in 2017. The experts have already weighed in on their restaurant standbys when dining off duty, Atlanta’s top newcomers, and the best dining neighborhoods. Still to come: biggest dining surprises of the year, their top dining grievances, best meals of 2017, and their predictions for Atlanta’s 2018 food headlines.