Having a tough time keeping up with all the new dining options? Welcome to the Opening Report, a regularly updated roundup of restaurant openings big and small across metro Atlanta.
BUCKHEAD — After losing its original home in the wake of redevelopment, Henri’s Bakery & Café has reopened at 56 East Andrews Drive NW. The new space is a block away from Henri’s previous Irby Avenue address, and its design includes white subway tile, hex tile flooring and an expansive banquette with individual seating, and an expanded deli section. Construction on an outdoor patio and indoor courtyard is underway.
Henri’s continues to serve its deli and bakery staples, and it has added Batdorf & Bronson coffee. The cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CHAMBLEE — BlueTop, a new “Americana fast-casual” restaurant, is now open at 5362 Peachtree Road, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Former Portofino executive chef Matt Marcus is running the kitchen, and he’s turning out dressed-up comfort food such as a Maine lobster corn dog and a sloppy joe made with lamb and confit chicken. Cocktails range from the typical craft concoctions found at modern restaurants to heartier beverages made with bone broth or served in vessels rinsed with animal fat.
BlueTop is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
DORAVILLE — Miss Gogi, serving Korean barbecue off of Jade-covered, angled griddles, has opened at 6035 Peachtree Road, Suite C115, according to Atlanta Magazine. Situated across a parking log from Kula Revolving Sushi Bar, Miss Gogi angled griddles allow fat to drain as the meat cooks. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
WESTSIDE — Holler & Dash, old-timey chain Cracker Barrel’s modern, millennial-focused spin-off that is taking over the former Tom + Chee space at 1085 Howell Mill Road, will officially open to the public on Tuesday, August 29. The restaurant is part of the Westside Ironworks development. Holler & Dash will offer a fast-casual menu built around biscuits and will open for breakfast and lunch daily, serving from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the Atlanta outpost, the slow-growing chain has locations in Homewood and Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Brentwood, Tennessee; and Celebration, Florida. A Nashville restaurant is in the works, too.
SMYRNA — Wade’s Fine Eatery and Good Time Emporium (what a name) is open for business at 1061 Concord Road SE, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. From former Flip Burger and Villains chef Jason McClure, Wade’s operates out of a two-story space with ground-level and rooftop patios. The restaurant will initially open at 5 p.m. for dinner only, per the AJC, and it will add lunch in a couple of weeks. Once it’s fully operational, Wade’s hours will be Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Diners can expect burgers, sandwiches, cocktails, and booze-spiked slushy concoctions.
MARIETTA — The newest location for Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe has opened at 2795 Chastain Meadow Parkway, Suite 900. The bakery serves Korean pastries and sandwiches found at Sweet Hut’s Doraville and Midtown locations, respectively, along with an extensive drink menu. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 1 a.m. to 1 a.m.
ROSWELL — Decatur-based ice cream shop Butter & Cream has opened its second location at 26 Webb Street, reports the AJC. Like the Decatur original, the Roswell outpost is serving ice cream, sorbets, sauces, toppings, cookie, and cakes, all made in house.
SANDY SPRINGS — Fast-casual Mediterranean spot Shami Kitchen is certified open at 8363 Roswell Road. The small restaurant serves dishes such as beef or chicken shawarma, falafel, fried chicken, hummus, baba ghanoush, and tabouleh. Shami is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
JOHNS CREEK — Tin Drum Asian Kitchen will expand with a new location opening at 11160 Medlock Bridge Road on Thursday, August 10, per QSR Magazine. It will be the 10th Tin Drum in the metro area and will serve pan-Asian fare in a fast-casual environment.
BUCKHEAD — The second local outpost for burgeoning Los Angeles-based chain Jinya Ramen Bar will debut at 3714 Roswell Road, #35 on Monday, July 31. Franchisee William Chen tells Eater Atlanta the new Jinya will offer the same menu that can be found at the Sandy Springs location, but this restaurant will come with a full bar. As a result, Jinya Buckhead will remain open later on weekends (official hours have not been confirmed).
Jinya’s Sandy Springs restaurant came online in January 2016. Founder Tomonori Takahashi opened the original location in 2010. Takahashi’s menu updates ramen bar staples with "non-traditional ingredients."
DECATUR — Big Tex, the Tex-Mex offshoot once operated by the Fox Bros. team, has returned after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus. The restaurant has reopened under new management at 308 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, according to Decaturish. Father and son Dan and Beau Nolen, who were involved in the previous iteration of Big Tex, are reportedly among the partners in the new venture. However, no one at Fox Bros. is on board this time around. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
DORAVILLE — Kula, a massive Japanese chain that serves sushi-bar diners meals via conveyor belt, is now open at 6035 Peachtree Road, reports Atlanta Magazine. Kula’s menu reportedly spans more than 130 dishes such as sushi, tempura, and ramen, per Atlanta. Diners place orders via touch screens and pick up their food from the constantly rotating conveyor. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
WESTSIDE — Florida-based 4 Rivers Smokehouse has opened its first Atlanta location at 822 Marietta Street, taking over a former firehouse that was built in 1915. The barbecue joint is serving Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The 4 Rivers menu includes a variety of smoked meats and other barbecue staples, and, for something completely different, there is a list of vegetarian dishes, too.
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