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Daytime Chef Wilson Gourley Departs 8Arm

Head chef Keith Remes takes over all food service at 8Arm following daytime chef Wilson Gourley’s departure

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8Arm on Ponce de Leon Avenue
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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 12 years.

8Arm daytime chef Wilson Gourley is moving on from the restaurant on Ponce de Leon. Gourley announced his departure last weekend (his final weekend) via Instagram.

Gourley took over 8Arm’s breakfast, lunch, and popular weekend brunch services after the sudden passing of chef/owner Angus Brown in January 2017. He quickly became known for his fresh approaches to the morning and midday meals, including clever variations on the grain bowl, breakfast salads, and toasts and sandwiches.

“I have loved cooking breakfast and lunch for the past year and a half, but I’m ready for a new challenge,” Gourley tells Eater Atlanta. “As I look for the right chef job for me, I will be cooking out of the kitchen at the Spindle starting in April.”

His previous work includes a stint in the kitchen at Brown and chef Nhan Le’s seafood-focused Lusca (now closed) in the Brookwood Hills neighborhood. Head chef Keith Remes joined the 8Arm team around the same time as Gourley. He has been running the restaurant’s dinner service. Remes will now operate both day and evening food service at 8Arm.

More details will apparently follow regarding Gourley’s pop-up endeavors, which will likely be announced on the chef’s Instagram as well as through the Spindle.

The cycling retailer has been acting as a sort of restaurant pop-up incubator, hosting hot dog purveyor Midnight Marauder and tacos and tamales from Maricela Vega’s Chicomecóatl in its kitchen.

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