As Atlanta enters spring, the city also begins its entrance into the high season for restaurant openings which generally lasts through the summer. Several restaurants have already opened their doors during the first three months of 2018, including Emerald City Bagels in East Atlanta Village, Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters in East Lake, and the vegetable-laden food stall Recess at Krog Street Market. And, there’s much more to come this year. Here, now, are nine of the most anticipated Atlanta restaurants slated to open this spring.
Mission + Market [NOW OPEN]
Where: Buckhead, Three Alliance Center, 3550 Lenox Road NE
What: Former Murphy’s chef Ian Winslade announced his plans to open his own restaurant in January which will draw inspiration for its menu and the vibe from the West Coast. Mission + Market includes a bar and lounge area near the entrance, a large dining room for up to 100 guests, a 10-seat chef’s counter surrounding the kitchen, and an expansive, wrap-around patio with city views. Take a peek inside.
When: Late May/June
Where: Grant Park, Larkin on Memorial, 519 Memorial Drive
What: The buildout for the restaurant Full Commission in Grant Park’s Larkin on Memorial development is well underway. The restaurant plans to be open all day (think Bread & Butterfly) and will serve Southern-inspired small plates, coffee, craft beer, and cocktails. Neighbors in the complex include Grant Park Market and its cafe Gather, Ramen Station, and Firepit Pizza Tavern. Firepit Pizza Tavern is also targeting a June opening in the complex.
Tiny Lou’s [NOW OPEN]
When: Late May/Early June
Where: Poncey-Highland, 789 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE
What: Tiny Lou’s is located in the newly-renovated Hotel Clermont just up the road from Ponce City Market and above the infamous Clermont Lounge. 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-style 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. Here’s a sneak peek at the menu for Tiny Lou’s.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Where: Little Five Points, 299 Moreland Ave. NE
What: After multiple delays due to construction, the question on everyone’s minds is when will the much-anticipated arrival of Nashville’s Hattie B’s Hot Chicken come to fruition? The answer is, not soon enough. The sign is now up at the restaurant on Moreland Avenue—good news for fans of the restaurant’s fried chicken which comes in six levels of heat.
The Expat [NOW OPEN]
Where: Athens, 1680 South Lumpkin Street, Athens
What: The Expat from H. Harper Station’s Jerry and Krista Slater is now open in Athens. The all-day restaurant is located in the former Two Story Coffeehouse space in Five Points and features a main dining room and an upstairs cocktail lounge with stirred cocktails, bar snacks, and vinyl records. Chef Savannah Sasser (formerly Hampton + Hudson) is leading the kitchen
Coalition Food & Beverage
When: Late Spring
Where: Alpharetta, 50 Canton Street, Suite 108, Teasley Place, Alpharetta
What: Roswell’s Ryan Pernice and company (Table & Main, Osteria Mattone) are at it again, but this time they’ve set their sights on another OTP city, Alpharetta. The menu from chef Woolery “Woody” Back is still being worked out but expect “a contemporary menu with progressive and signature interpretations of American wood-fired classics.” In other words, meat, burgers, and big salads. Buildout of the restaurant is well underway, so barring any permitting and construction delays, it won’t be long now.
The James Room
Where: Old Fourth Ward, 659 Auburn Avenue NE
What: The restaurant and cocktail bar from Missy and Kristin Koefod of 18.21 Bitters will open later this spring at SPX Alley along the Eastside Beltline trail in the Old Fourth Ward. The couple just released renderings of the interiors which show a cafe located in the front of The James Room, a back bar and lounge, and an opulent ‘den’ slated for private events. The all-day eatery and lounge will serve coffee, baked goods, and pastries in the morning and lunch and dinner later in the day. The cafe also plans to offer aperitivo cocktails and wine in the evenings.
When: Late Spring
Where: East Atlanta Village, 1271 Glenwood Avenue SE
What: The restaurant from former Ford Fry employees Peter Chvala, chef Nolan Wynn, and Faielle Stocco, and former Wrecking Bar Brewpub manager Katie McDonald is named for the mythical apparition whose wailing arrival heralds death. While this may seem odd, the reasoning behind the name is simple. The foursome say it was time to take a risk and make the leap to restaurant ownership. Banshee’s menu will include dishes employing ingredients from local farms such as Finch Creek, Rogers Greens and Roots, and Tucker Farms. Beverages will focus on “stiff and cheeky” cocktails, select amari, a tight wine list, and local beer.
When: Early Summer
Where: Midtown, 95 8th Street NW
What: Momonoki, the casual Japanese restaurant from John Chen and chef Jason Liang, owners of Decatur’s Brush Sushi Izakaya, plans to open in the the ultra-luxe Modera by Mill Creek mixed-use development later this spring. The restaurant will offer ramen, rice bowls, and small plates as well as sake, wine, matcha drinks, coffee, and Japanese-inspired desserts. The name momonoki translates to “peachtree” in Japanese.