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The 10 Most Anticipated Restaurants in Atlanta, Winter 2018

The hottest places opening this season

One Eared Stag’s fried chicken won’t be just for Mondays anymore
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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

The first three months of 2017 looked promising for Atlanta restaurant openings as places like Bon Ton, The Halal Guys, Mediterranea, and Revolutions Doughnuts stacked the deck early in the year. But, as the story goes so often in Atlanta, permitting and construction delays gummed up the works and brought openings to a crawl. There was a short burst of openings early in the summer, including Midtown micro-food hall The Canteen. Thankfully, the back half of the year into 2018 is looking up. Here are the 10 restaurants scheduled to open this Winter listed from imminent to further down the line.

The Painted Duck

When: Imminent

Where: Westside, 976 Brady Avenue, Atlanta

What: The forthcoming gaming parlor from Justin Amick and William Stallworth of Buckhead bowling alley and lounge The Painted Pin will open this month in the Westside Stockyards complex. Painted Duck will offer a variety of games, including 16 lanes of duckpin bowling, two Belgian feather bowling lanes, two indoor horseshoe pits, knuckleball, and two indoor deck shuffleboard courts. The menu will focus on small plates, sliders, dips, and meats on sticks, and Painted Hospitality’s bar manager Trip Sandifer is designing a cocktail menu full of classics and modern riffs along with a signature drink for the new alley.


Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters

When: End of December

Where: East Lake, 2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive NE, Atlanta

What: One Eared Stag chef Robert Phalen’s Monday night fried chicken will be on the menu every night East Lake. Phalen’s new restaurant at East Lake’s Hosea + 2nd development has hit a few snags over the last year. Thanks, Atlanta. A fried chicken sandwich with honey, pickles, and cabbage, oysters with benne crackers, fried chicken, of course, and Sapelo Island clams with pork belly and tofu are just a few of the items likely to be on the menu here.

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New Realm Brewing

When: Late December/early January

Where: Poncey-Highland, 820 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Atlanta

What: Mitch Steele, who spent a decade as brewmaster at California’s Stone Brewing, is set to open his craft beer destination along the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail possibly as soon as the end of December. New Realm will produce IPAs, lagers, and barrel-aged brews, and the space will showcase a BeltLine-adjacent beer garden and rooftop bar. The venue will also include a full-service restaurant.

A rendering of New Realm Brewing
A rendering of New Realm Brewing

Emerald City Bagels

When: Late December/early January

Where: East Atlanta Village, 1257 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta

What: The brick and mortar shop from the mother-daughter duo of Deanna and Jackie Halcrow is so close to opening in East Atlanta Village (EAV), and residents here could not be more excited. The shop will feature a state-of-the-art oven and kettle which will allow customers to watch as the New York-style bagels are created daily. Look for an expanded bagel menu to include pumpernickel, rye, egg, and whole grain as well as bagel sandwiches and craft sodas.


City Pharmacy

When: Late December/January

Where: Covington, 1105 Church Street, Covington

What: Downtown Covington will be getting a new restaurant as early as the end of December. The menu from executive chef Christian Perez will be full of riffs on Southern favorites while the beverage program, designed by former H. Harper Station proprietors Jerry and Krista Slater, looks to include classic drinks like the grasshopper and brandy alexander along with other soda-counter era cocktails.



When: January

Where: Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta

What: Chef Victoria Shore, previously of Cooks & Soldiers and Double Zero, will head the kitchen here which takes over the space once occupied by Spotted Trotter in the market. Shore says to expect “fresh, lighter, plant-based food, like salads, grain bowls, toasts, and sandwiches.” The stall will be open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and include breakfast on weekends. Look for cold-brew coffee, iced tea, lemonade, wines, and a rotating frozen cocktail to be on the beverage menu.

The former Spotted Trotter space at Krog Street Market
The former Spotted Trotter space at Krog Street Market
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The Expat

When: February

Where: Athens, 1680 South Lumpkin Street, Athens

What: Fans of H. Harper Station (RIP) and Jerry and Krista Slater will be happy to hear that the pair are opening a new restaurant and cocktail bar this winter. However, it will be in Athens. This is good news for Georgia Bulldogs fans and concert goers who frequently travel to the college town for one or the other. The restaurant will be located in the former Two Story Coffeehouse space in Five Points and will feature both a main dining room and an upstairs cocktail lounge. Menu details are still being worked out but think stirred cocktails, vinyl records, and an all-day food menu that includes late night bar snacks.

Former Two Story Coffeehouse will be home to The Expat in Athens

Coalition Food & Beverage

When: Late February

Where: Alpharetta, 50 Canton Street, Suite 108, Teasley Place, Alpharetta

What: Ryan Pernice and company (Table & Main, Osteria Mattone) are at it again, but this time they’ve set their sights on another OTP city, Alpharetta. The menu from chef Woolery “Woody” Back is still being worked out but expect “a contemporary menu with progressive and signature interpretations of American wood-fired classics.” In other words, meat, burgers, and big salads.


Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

When: Late February

Where: Little Five Points, 299 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta

What: After multiple delays due to, yep, the city of Atlanta permitting department, the much-anticipated arrival of Hattie B’s and their signature hot chicken could be the end of February. Good news for fans of the restaurant’s fried chicken which comes in six levels of spice (aka heat).

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Golda Kombucha Tap Room & Bar

When: Early Spring

Where: West End, Lee & White complex, 1020 White Street SW, Atlanta

What: The tap room will serve a variety of kombucha (fermented green or black tea) flavors on draft along with flights, cocktails, and floats. Owner Melanie Wade plans to host DIY kombucha and fermentation classes and yoga as well as collaborations with local breweries, distilleries, and farmers.

Three bottles of Golda Kombucha. Golda Kombucha

One Eared Stag

1029 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 525-4479 Visit Website

Bon Ton

674 Myrtle Street Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 996-6177 Visit Website


332 Ormond Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 Visit Website

Osteria Mattone

1095 Canton Street, , GA 30075 (678) 878-3378 Visit Website

The Painted Pin

737 Miami Circle Northeast, , GA 30324 (404) 814-8736 Visit Website

The Painted Duck

976 Brady Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 352-0048 Visit Website

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

Double Zero

1700 Lincoln Boulevard, , CA 90291 (424) 280-4672 Visit Website

Cooks & Soldiers

691 14th Street Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 996-2623 Visit Website

The Canteen

225 Commercial Street, , MA 02657 (508) 487-3800 Visit Website

Table & Main

1028 Canton Street, , GA 30075 (678) 869-5178 Visit Website

Hosea + 2nd

2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta, GA 30317 (678) 632-5814 Visit Website
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