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Alpharetta’s Latest Restaurant Plans To Keep the Suburban City’s New Vibe Alive

Plus, changes behind the bar at Watershed and La Parrilla Mexican’s next restaurant Casi Cielo is anything but ordinary

Restaurant Holmes opens in Alpharetta
Restaurant Holmes
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

ALPHARETTA: Restaurant Holmes opens today in the historic Jones House at Alpharetta City Center and it plans to keep the suburban city’s new dining vibe alive. The kitchen is lead by chef Taylor Neary (Marcel, St. Cecilia). Expect 20 shareable dishes on the menu, including bone marrow toast and tepache glazed shishito peppers. Restaurant Holmes offers a tight list of six cocktails, eight beers on tap, and approximately 30 wines—a handful of which are above the $100 per bottle price point. The restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week. Lunch is also eventually planned. [Official]

BROOKWOOD HILLS: Watershed on Peachtree Street has a new bar manager, and Atlanta’s cocktail drinkers should pay attention. Alexandra Anderson has returned to Atlanta after four years working in New Orleans for the French Quarter’s Cane & Table and Freret Street cocktail hot spot—and 2018 James Beard Award winner—Cure. She did a brief stint with Miami’s The Broken Shaker before taking the position at Watershed. Anderson, who grew up in Marietta, began her bar career more than ten years ago and spent over two years behind the bar at The Lawrence in Midtown under the guidance of owner Eric Simpkins. [Official]

SANDY SPRINGS: La Parrilla Mexican restaurant is set to open their latest venture Casi Cielo in early August at the Modera Sandy Springs complex, Atlanta Magazine reports. And, it’s anything but ordinary. The menu at Casi Cielo is a departure from the casual, Americanized dishes found at La Parrilla. The restaurant pays homage to the more traditional dishes of Mexico and, in particular, the region of Oaxaca. Expect sous-vide baked octopus, charcoal rice, and pork terrine tacos on the menu. Casi Cielo will carry over 50 mezcals, beer, and offer cocktails; one of which is made with grasshopper salt. Casi Cielo plans to serve lunch and dinner along with brunch on Saturdays. [ATLMag]


1170 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 665-4555 Visit Website

St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Road Northeast, , GA 30326 (404) 554-9995 Visit Website


1820 Peachtree Road, , GA 30309 (404) 809-3561 Visit Website

The Lawrence

905 Juniper Street Northeast, , GA 30309 (404) 961-7178 Visit Website