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Two Atlanta Chefs Opening Restaurant in Fayette County’s Pinewood Forest

Bacchanalia chef Tanya Jimenez and husband chef Michael Le will open Braise in 2019

Braise restaurant will be located in Pinewood Forest Village Square in Fayette County
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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 over 12 years.

Fayette County’s Pinewood Forest development across from Pinewood Movie Studios announced its first restaurant tenant on Monday. Braise will be located in the Village Square and expects to open in late 2019.

Chef Tanya Jimenez and her husband and fellow chef Michael Le are planning a menu mixed with European, New American, and Asian influences. Jimenez will lead the kitchen while Le runs the day-to-day operations.

Jimenez and Le are no strangers to Atlanta’s dining scene. After working for chef Gordon Ramsay in New York City for five years, Jimenez moved to Atlanta and now works under chef Anne Quatrano at Bacchanalia while she completes her James Beard Foundation training for the Women in Culinary Leadership grant. Le has worked as a chef consultant for One Hotel in Miami as well as for Palmer’s in Peachtree City and Senoia Coffee and Cafe in Senoia.

The pair have recently been popping up at East Atlanta’s We Suki Suki Global Grub Collective with Mushi Ni which serves baos, buns, and rice bowls.

“Michael and I have been preparing for a restaurant like this, and we feel like that time is now,” Jimenez said via press release. “It’s why we love the name BRAISE, not only is it one of our favorite techniques, everything that is good takes time.”

Braise will seat up to 30 people and feature an open kitchen. The restaurant plans to be open for both lunch and dinner.

The 25-acre Village Square at Pinewood Forest should be open to the public some time in 2019 and will include shops, restaurants, a hotel, and office space.

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