Jarrett Stieber, the chef behind the popular, perennial pop-up Eat Me Speak Me, is opening his first restaurant called Little Bear on Georgia Avenue in Summerhill, the Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported. Stieber expects to open the 1,300-square-foot, 30-seat restaurant next summer. Little Bear is named for his dog — a very fluffy and friendly Pyrenees mountain dog, whose real name is Fernando and resembles a small bear.
As with his pop-up, the menu for Little Bear will feature seasonal produce and proteins from local farmers and include Stieber’s cheeky takes on the restaurant industry’s penchant for tweezer food. Eat Me Speak Me dishes often state as an ingredient a garnish of “pretentious flowers.” Longstanding favorites like his raw beef lettuce wraps and blondies with rum or whiskey milk are also planned for the restaurant’s menu.
Stieber says in the press release, he simply wants people to “enjoy fine dining at an affordable price.” He adds, in an email to Eater Atlanta, that Little Bear is a continuation of what he started with Eat Me Speak Me, now as a little “gem” of a neighborhood restaurant.
Eat Me Speak Me is currently in residence at S.O.S Tiki Bar in Decatur. Stieber, who began the pop-up six years ago, moved to the Victory Brands bar following a three-year stint on the weekends at Gato in Candler Park. It was at Gato where Stieber and his food gained national attention when he was named an Eater Young Gun in 2014 and in 2017, and was a semifinalist for the James Beard rising star chef award in 2016.
Little Bear will be part of a multi-million dollar renovation project along Georgia Avenue in the historic Summerhill neighborhood, located in the shadow of Georgia State University stadium (formerly Turner Field.)
Future restaurant neighbors will include Wood’s Chapel BBQ from the General Muir owners, a third location of Sarah O’Brien’s Little Tart Bakeshop and her new soft serve ice cream shop, Big Softie, another location of East Atlanta’s Hodgepodge Coffeehouse, and brewery Halfway Crooks. Fellow Gato pop-up alum chef Parnass Lim Savang of Talat Market is opening his first restaurant next year on Ormond Street on the edge of the neighborhood.
71 Georgia Avenue, Atlanta.