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The 10 Most Anticipated Atlanta Restaurants Opening in 2018

There’s a lot to look forward to this year

Hattie B’s will be located at 299 Moreland Ave in Little Five Points
| Joseph Woodley

2017 turned out to be a pretty mediocre year for Atlanta restaurant openings. While it seemed to get off to a strong start with the opening of Bon Ton and The Halal Guys, permitting issues and major construction delays would prove hard for most forthcoming restaurants to overcome. However, 2018 is already shaping up to be a banner year in restaurant openings for Atlanta as well as for several cities around the country. Here, now, are the 10 most anticipated restaurants coming to Atlanta in 2018.


Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

When: Spring

Where: Little Five Points, 299 Moreland Ave. NE

What: After multiple delays due to the city of Atlanta permitting department, the much-anticipated arrival of Nashville’s 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 heat.

Joseph Woodley

Tiny Lou’s

When: Spring

Where: Poncey-Highland, 789 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE

What: Tiny Lou’s will soon be located in the newly-renovated Hotel Clermont just up the road from Ponce City Market. The restaurant’s name is inspired by a popular dancer from the 1950s who performed at the hotel’s Gypsy Room and was said to have been “the girl who refused to dance with Hitler.” The French-inspired restaurant will serve Southern riffs on steak frites, escargot, trout almondine, and braised short ribs in a space filled with glossy marble tile and pink velvet banquettes.

Hotel Clermont general manager Alan Rae, executive chef Jeb Aldrich, and director of restaurants Nick Hassiotis
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Steady Hand Beer

When: Spring

Where: Westside, 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard

What: A change in the beer and liquor distribution laws last year has lead to the sudden uptick in brewery expansions and openings around Atlanta. Steady Hand joins TopGolf, Bacchanalia, and Star Provisions who have taken up residence along Ellsworth Industrial in Westside. In addition to the brewhouse, brothers Brian and Kevin Sullivan and business partner Randy Wise say the brewery will host live music in the taproom which will feature 15 to 20 taps, a private events area, and food trucks.

Steady Hand Beer

The James Room

When: Spring

Where: Old Fourth Ward, 659 Auburn Avenue NE

What: This highly-anticipated restaurant and cocktail bar from Missy and Kristin Koefod of 18.21 Bitters should open its doors sometime this spring. The all-day eatery will open in the morning with pastries, tea, and coffee and move into the evening with cocktails, snacks, and small plates.

18.21 Bitters/The James Room

Manny’s Grant Park Pub

When: Late Spring

Where: Grant Park, 588 Woodward Avenue

What: The pub coming from longtime barman (and grandson of the founder of Manuel’s Tavern) Manuel Maloof will be located on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Boulevard in Grant Park. The family-friendly sports bar and restaurant will offer plenty of televisions for game day viewing, a patio for al fresco dining, a game room with darts, and a menu filled with pub fare, beer, and wine.

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LLoyd’s

When: Early Summer

Where: Inman Park, 900 Dekalb Avenue

What: The team behind Victory Sandwich Shop, S.O.S Tiki Bar, and Little Trouble say their latest restaurant will be an “unholy mix of Chili’s and southern comfort food.” Think neighborhood diner with paper placemats and comfort fare such as French dips and burgers as well as prime rib and fried chicken nights. The no-frills bar program will include made-to order, simple cocktails, beer, and wine with absolutely no fanfare. The group is also planning a coffee kiosk next door.

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Watchman’s Seafood & Spirits

When: Early Summer

Where: Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street NE

What: This seafood restaurant and cocktail bar from the team behind Kimball House will take over the space formerly occupied by The Luminary in Krog Street Market next door to Ticonderoga Club. Partner Bryan Rackley told Atlanta Magazine last Fall, “It’s us, so you know drinks are going to factor into the equation. Our food menu will focus on sustainable Southern seafood with an emphasis on Gulf seafood.”

Oysters on the half-shell Creative Commons

Unnamed O4W Pizza restaurant

When: Summer

Where: Old Fourth Ward, 659 Auburn Avenue NE

What: Fans of this pizza joint from Anthony Spina rejoiced when the news broke last Fall that the beloved Grandma Pie would be returning to the Old Fourth Ward. Spina has teamed up with restaurateur Billy Streck (Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Hampton & Hudson) in a yet-to-be name restaurant at the forthcoming Studioplex expansion. The restaurant will serve Spina’s pizzas, Italian snacks, sandwiches, salads, and pasta (including vegan and gluten-free options) and includes a full bar.

The grandma pie. O4W Pizza

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria

When: Fall 2018

Where: Adair Park/West End, 581 Metropolitan Parkway SW

What: The news just broke earlier in January that this popular north Nashville pizza and beer restaurant would be expanding its operations to Atlanta. Owners and longtime friends since their days at Tennessee State University Clinton Gray, Derrick Moore, and Emanuel Reed plan to tear down the existing structure on the corner of Metropolitan Parkway and Wells Street for a complete rebuild of the restaurant. Slim & Husky’s serves specialty pizzas including gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options paired with local and craft beers.

Nashville’s Slim and Husky’s Pizza Beeria
Slim & Husky’s

Wood’s Chapel BBQ

When: Late 2018

Where: Summerhill, 85 Georgia Avenue

What: The 5200-square-foot restaurant from the team behind The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla, and The Canteen will serve barbecue plates and sandwiches like fried, smoked catfish, a barbecue-inspired Cuban sandwich, brisket grilled cheese, and a lamb belly cemita. Georgia Avenue is currently undergoing major redevelopment as part of an effort to revitalize four blocks of this historic community founded just after the end of the Civil War.

Summerhill near Georgia State University stadium
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The Luminary

99 Krog Street Suite Y, Atlanta, GA 30307 Visit Website

Hampton & Hudson

299 North Highland Ave. NE, Unit L, Atlanta, GA 30307 Visit Website

Bon Ton

674 Myrtle St., Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 996-6161

Ponce City Market

675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 900-7900 Visit Website

Little Trouble

, , TX 78644 (512) 995-6333 Visit Website

Ticonderoga Club

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 458-4534 Visit Website

The General Muir

1540 Avenue Place, , GA 30329 (678) 927-9131 Visit Website

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

O4W Pizza

3117 Main Street, , GA 30096 (678) 587-5420 Visit Website

Bacchanalia

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 365-0410 Visit Website

Cypress Street Pint & Plate

817 West Peachtree Street Northwest, , GA 30308 (404) 815-9243 Visit Website

Star Provisions

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 365-0410 ext. 4 Visit Website

The Canteen

75 5th Street Northwest, , GA 30308 Visit Website

Yalla

99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 Visit Website

Kimball House

303 East Howard Avenue, , GA 30030 (404) 378-3502 Visit Website
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