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The 9 Most Anticipated Restaurants in Atlanta, Spring 2018

The hottest places opening this season

The James Room in the Old Fourth Ward
| Rendering by RWDS
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.

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]

When: March

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.

Three Alliance Center in Buckhead will be the location of Mission + Market
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

Full Commission

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.

Full Commission at Larkin on Memorial
Full Commission

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.

Hotel Clermont general manager Alan Rae, executive chef Jeb Aldrich, and director of restaurants Nick Hassiotis
Heidi Geldhauser

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

When: June

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 question on everyone’s mind, “Will Hattie B’s ever open in Little Five Points?”
Joseph Woodley

The Expat [NOW OPEN]

When: April/May

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

Former Two Story Coffeehouse will be home to The Expat in Athens

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.

Coalition Food & Beverage will open in downtown Alpharetta

The James Room

When: Late-Spring

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.

The James Room on the Beltline in the Old Fourth Ward
Rendering by RWDS


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.

Banshee at the corner of Glenwood and Gresham Avenues in East Atlanta Village
Google maps


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.

Modera in Midtown will be the site of Momonoki from the Brush Sushi team
Modera Midtown

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

Ponce City Market

675 North Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 900-7900 Visit Website

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

292 Moreland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 221-2600 Visit Website


95 8th Street Northwest, , GA 30309 (404) 390-3025 Visit Website

Bread & Butterfly

290 Elizabeth Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (678) 515-4536 Visit Website

Brush Sushi Izakaya

316 Church Street, , GA 30030 (678) 949-9412 Visit Website

Osteria Mattone

1095 Canton Street, , GA 30075 (678) 878-3378 Visit Website

H. Harper Station

904 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (678) 732-0415 Visit Website

Table & Main

1028 Canton Street, , GA 30075 (678) 869-5178 Visit Website

Grant Park Market

519 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 330-8014 Visit Website

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