Taria Camerino will oversee the kitchen as culinary director at Golden Eagle and Muchacho, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall owner Michael Lennox’s forthcoming Reynoldstown restaurants. Camerino’s duties in the position also include leading the staff at Ladybird, according to a Thursday announcement.
Camerino has an impressive track record as a pastry chef. She previously owned Sugar Coated Radical and has overseen pastry programs for Ford Fry Restaurants and Linton Hopkins’s Resurgens Hospitality Group. She was also on the opening team at Tate Modern in London.
In addition to Camerino, Lennox has made a few more hires for his growing restaurant group. Jason Simpson, former chef de cuisine at St. Cecilia in Buckhead, will take the same position at Golden Eagle and Muchacho. Nicholas Brown-Crawford arrives from Le Fat, Ton Ton, and One Rooster Mongolian Bar and is on board as general manager at the two restaurants. Sarah Harlan, previously of Condesa Coffee, is in as Muchacho’s coffee director, and Eduardo Guzman, who most recently served as beverage director for Ford Fry Restaurants, will take the same gig for Golden Eagle, Muchacho, and Ladybird.
Lennox opened Ladybird adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail in September 2014. His new restaurants will share the building that was home to beloved cocktail bar H. Harper Station, which happens to sit right next to the path that will become an extension of the BeltLine. Golden Eagle will be a bit of a throwback, taking inspiration from American Legion halls and serving dishes such as garlic knots, crab Rangoon, charbroiled oysters, and a tavern steak. Muchacho, on the other hand, will go for a 1970s Venice Beach vibe, with all-day service offering breakfast and lunch tacos, toasts, grain bowls, poke, and pastries.
Golden Eagle and Muchacho are currently on track to open in September.