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December 2019 Announcements
SUMMERHILL: A new sandwich counter called How Crispy Express opens early next year along Georgia Avenue’s emerging restaurant row in Summerhill. The walk-up window sandwich joint is apparently the first in-town collaboration from Benumkermi Hospitality Syndicate, which includes Ticonderoga Club’s Greg Best and Bart Sasso, chef William Silbernagel (The Bookhouse Pub, Argosy), and Atlanta architect Luke Wilkinson.
ALPHARETTA: A third location of South African restaurant Biltong Bar, known for its beef jerkies and boozy cocktails, opens next spring at Avalon in Alpharetta. The restaurant takes its name from biltong, a type of South African dried, cured meat.
OLD FOURTH WARD: A Vietnamese street food restaurant called Lady Ha opens at the Ford Factory Lofts near the new Kroger on Ponce De Leon Avenue early next summer. Think banh mi, dumplings, spring and egg rolls, and noodle soups along the Beltline. The restaurant, owned by Ha Thu Kieu, is located on the ground level of the building just off of the Eastside trail across from Ponce City Market.
DECATUR: After years of running mobile Cuban bakery and sandwich shop Buena Gente from a teardrop camper or ventanita (“little window”,) Manny Rodriguez and Stacie Antich plan to open their first permanent location in Decatur. Buena Gente opens next spring in the former Nectar space on Clairmont Road — the same complex as the Po’Boy Shop, Community Q BBQ, and Ms. Icey’s Kitchen and Bar.
November 2019 Announcements
DUNWOODY: Billy Kramer, the man behind the popular pop-ups NFA Burger and Billy’s Burgers, opens his first permanent location of NFA Burger soon inside a Chevron market on Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Kramer says he expects to open the Dunwoody Village burger counter by mid-December. The menu should be similar to the pop-ups and serve a range of burgers from classic double cheeseburgers to monstrous quadruple patty creations topped with bacon, American cheese, pickles, tomatoes, and onions.
ALPHARETTA: The final two stalls inside the food hall at the 135-acre Halcyon development in southern Forsyth County open early next year. Frenchie’s Royal House of Frites and Meats and pizza spot Holmes Slice join Gu’s Dumplings, taco stand Tocayo, Pita Mediterranean Street Food, and Sweet Tuna Poke at the Alpharetta food hall.
LITTLE FIVE POINTS: A new location of sports bar Hudson Grille replaces longtime Cajun restaurant Front Page News on Moreland Avenue in January. It’s possible Hudson Grille might also take over the former Tijuana Garage space next door. Given the size of the combined restaurants, this could become the new location of Soccer-centric bar and restaurant Hudson FC International Sports Pub, which closed earlier this fall in Brookhaven.
KROG STREET MARKET: Tampa-based Cuban restaurant and sangria bar Hemingway’s opens to the left of Richards’ Southern Fried inside Krog Street Market next spring. The restaurant serves snacks like chicharrones (fried pork rinds), tostones, yucca fries topped with shredded pork, chicharrones, melted cheese, and crispy onions, as well as build-your-own Cuban bowls, the restaurant’s popular Cuban sandwich, and a Cuban hamburger called the la frita cubana.
MIDTOWN: Takashi Otsuka, the owner of the popular Wagaya ramen restaurants and robatayaki and sake restaurant Chirori, plans to open a fourth restaurant called Nagomiya next spring in Midtown. Nagomiya, located at the Hanover West Peacthree apartment complex, will serve ramen, rice bowls, and sushi rolls on its menu.
SWEET AUBURN/DOWNTOWN: A second location of Clarkston-based Refuge Coffee Co. opens in January at the historic Atlanta Daily World building on Auburn Avenue in Sweet Auburn. The activist-driven coffee shop, which also provides job training and opportunities for Clarkston’s large refugee community, replaces Condesa Coffee at the building
BUCKHEAD: The owners of Southern brunch spot Ms. Iceys Kitchen and Bar and Caribbean restaurant Negril Village just signed a lease to take over the former 1 Kept restaurant space in Buckhead and open a restaurant possibly known as Apt. 4B. Little is known about what owners Sim Walker and Glenn Wilson have planned in terms of food or when the restaurant opens.
GRANT PARK: Dine and Design opens in January at the Beacon complex. Owner artist Alannah Vincent says Dine and Design is different from other “paint and sip” style shops which often provide art instruction paired with wine. In addition to art instruction, Vincent’s shop features an open bar with “signature drinks,” hot appetizers, and a soundtrack playing music from the 1990s and early 2000s.
DECATUR: Johnny Esposito, owner of the Midtown location of Japanese fried chicken restaurant Ponko Chicken, plans to open a location in the former Steel City Pops space on Church Street in Decatur. The restaurant should open early next year. Ponko serves Japanese tonkatsu-style fried chicken which sees meat pounded flat, coated in panko breadcrumbs, and then deep fried. The menu includes fried chicken and tofu sandwiches, salads, chicken tender entrees, fries, and sticky rice.
KIRKWOOD: Bellsmouth Cafe and 3 Heart Coffee Roastery become the first restaurants to sign on at the historic Pratt Pullman District development taking shape along Rogers Street in Kirkwood. The all-day cafe and coffee shop, owned by Skip Englebrecht and chef Nhan Le of 8ARM and 3 Heart and artist George Long, open by the end of next year.
SUMMERHILL: Chef Richard Tang (Char Korean Bar & Grill) opens game bar Press Start next spring in the Summerhill neighborhood. The two-story, old school arcade and bar resides across the street from Halfway Crooks Beer along Georgia Avenue’s bustling dining strip. An assortment of classic arcade games and virtual reality consoles will be found on the first floor, while a rooftop patio will include shuffleboard, foosball, darts, and board games. As for food and drinks, expect Asian small plates and street foods, cocktails, beer, and wines by the glass.
BUCKHEAD: Restaurateur Sandeep Kothary plans to open a Buckhead location of his Midtown-based Indian restaurant Tabla next fall. This new restaurant resides at the Modera Buckhead apartment complex at the corner of Peachtree Street and Pharr Road near seafood restaurant Atlanta Fish Market.
October 2019 Announcements
BOLTON: Siblings Anita Hsu and Howard Hsu, the owners behind Sweet Auburn BBQ on North Highland, open Amar Bien at the forthcoming Westside Village development on Marietta Boulevard. Amar Bien opens next spring for lunch and dinner and will be a full-service Mexican restaurant that emphasizes vegetables. It includes a full bar which opens onto a shared breezeway with a fire pit in the open-container complex.
MIDTOWN: El Burro Pollo opens in the next few weeks inside what’s being billed as a “chef-driven” food hall at the new Coda development on Spring Street at Tech Square. Much like Santiago’s pop-up, the restaurant serves “border town-style” burritos and other Mexican dishes.
BATTERY ATLANTA: Fan T’Asia, a Cantonese Chinese restaurant from the owners of Bo Bo Garden on Buford Highway, is the latest stall to become part of Ph’east food hall at Battery Atlanta in Cobb County. Ph’east, located across from the Aloft Hotel and next to Wahlburgers, should open by the end of the year.
ROSWELL: Mexican restaurant and live music venue Rock n’ Taco relocates to Roswell next month after six years on Roswell Road in Buckhead. The Buckhead location is now closed. The self-proclaimed “gourmet taqueria” takes over the former Pastis French bistro at the corner of Canton and Magnolia streets in the heart of Roswell’s dining district.
UNDERWOOD HILLS: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q opens a second restaurant next summer at the Works, an 80-acre development on the edge of Underwood Hills that includes the Andrew Zimmern-backed Chattahoochee Food Works. At nearly 10,000-square-feet and seating 325 people, the new Jonathan and Justin Fox endeavor includes an expanded kitchen, bar, more customer parking, and a 35-seat covered patio.
BATTERY ATLANTA/COBB COUNTY: Dive-y dueling piano bar Park Bench is leaving Buckhead after more than two decades to reopen at Battery Atlanta next year. The longtime bar’s Buckhead location was sold to the owners of neighboring bar, Stagecoach.
DULUTH/KENNESAW: Fu Li Zhang and Rachel Yuan, the owners of the super popular hand-pulled noodle house LanZhou Ramen on Buford Highway, plan to open two new noodle-centric restaurants in Duluth and Kennesaw. Crossing Bridge Rice Noodle opens by the end of the year on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. A second location opens in Kennesaw next year. Zhang and Yuan also apparently plan to open a second LanZhou Ramen, but declined to disclose the exact location.
GRANT PARK: Elsewhere Brewing, owned by Samuel Kazmer and Sara Kazmer, opens at the Beacon in Grant Park next June. Elsewhere plans to brew “lower-gravity, sessionable classics inspired by the beers of Continental Europe” such as a Bohemian pilsner, dark Czech lager, Belgian saison, Bavarian hefeweizen, German alt, and a gose as well as an IPA and lambic styles. The brewery will also include a “unique food program inspired by” the Kazmer’s travels throughout Argentina.
September 2019 Announcements
NORTH DECATUR: Wheelhouse Craft Pub and Kitchen takes over the former Maddy’s Rib Joint and Old Hickory Inn Barbecue space on Scott Boulevard. Owned by Ian and Kathryn Macken (Meehan’s), Wheelhouse could open early next year in North Decatur.
DORAVILLE: It seems the first Georgia location of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema could open in the former General Motors assembly plant currently under development in Doraville. The Austin, Texas-based dine-in (with plenty of beer) theater chain is known for its strict no-talking policy during movies which, if enforced, could lead to a moviegoer’s removal from a show.
DULUTH: Chicago chef Chuck Woods opens a “contemporary seasonal” restaurant called Falling Rabbit at Parsons Alley in downtown Duluth early next year. Not much else is known about the establishment other than the name and that its design incorporates touches of art nouveau and clean lines to accompany the “whimsical approach” to the chef’s menu.
MIDTOWN: A second and intown location of the recently opened Avondale Estates Vietnamese restaurant Vietvana opens later this year on Spring Street in Midtown. Owned by Dinh Tran and Khanh Dang, the planned location is one block north of the Centergy One complex, also home to the Canteen mini food hall near Tech Square.
MIDTOWN: A South American cafe and wine bar called El Viñedo Local opens on Peachtree Street, one block north of the Fox Theatre early next year. The cafe plans to serve “South American inspired wine, coffee, and small plates” and hopes to “fit in effortlessly” with Midtown’s bar and restaurant scene. Dishes likely to make the menu include empanadas and ceviche as well as other “Latin” fare meant to pair well with wine. El Viñedo Local should open for coffee and breakfast in the morning before transitioning to wine and dinner in the evenings and late night drinks.
INMAN PARK: The Daily, a neighborhood tavern from Tabla owner Sandeep Kothary, opens in the current Amara Indian restaurant on Inman Village Parkway, across the street from The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at Parish. Amara, which Kothary also owns, closes Saturday, October 5, and reopens as the Daily Tavern on Thursday, October 24.
EAST LAKE: Perc Coffee Roasters and its cafe open next spring at Hosea + 2nd in East Lake. The Savannah-based coffee shop resides in the second phase of the development located at the corner of Hosea L. Williams Drive and 2nd Avenue. In addition to coffee, the shop also includes dine-in and grab-and-go food, beer, and wine.
PONCEY-HIGHLAND: A location of B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue opens Wednesday, October 16, inside the new “BeltLine Kroger” just off of the Eastside trail on Ponce De Leon Avenue, across from Ponce City Market. While this isn’t meant to replace the original Riverside location, which closed after a fire devastated the award-winning barbecue restaurant, owner and pitmaster Bryan Furman sees it as a much-needed positive step forward.
HARTSFIELD-JACKSON AIRPORT: An airport outpost of Atlanta chef Shaun Doty’s Bantam + Biddy fried chicken restaurant opens October 8 in the atrium of concourse C at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Unlike most of the food offerings on the concourse, Doty says his is an actual full-service restaurant and includes a list of the “greatest hits of Bantam” on the menu. Doty says he’s also converting his Atlantic Station Chick-a-Biddy into a Bantam + Biddy and will open another location on Amelia Island in Florida.
DECATUR: Gelato master and former AJC dining critic Meridith Ford opens her gelato shop called Cremalosa this fall at the Cortland Decatur East development on East College Avenue, across from the Avondale MARTA station. The shop plans to carry a dozen flavors of gelato ranging from stracciatella and pistachio and banana pudding to lemon meringue pie and hummingbird cake. Boozy shakes such as the “Elvis” made with banana pudding gelato, peanut butter, bourbon, vanilla wafers, whipped cream, and bacon as well as alcohol-infused affogatos, beer, and wine are also on the menu.
SMYRNA: Chef Chris Hall, Ryan Turner, and Todd Mussman, the owners of restaurant and whiskey bar Local Three and neighborhood bistro Muss & Turner’s and its speakeasy Eleanor’s, plan to open a neighborhood pizzeria called MTH Pizza in Smyrna this fall. The pizzeria resides in the Ivy Walk complex — the same complex as Muss & Turner’s on Cumberland Parkway — in the former Little Azio pizza restaurant at Ivy Walk.
SANDY SPRINGS: A seafood bar called Crab 404, owned by Jakkrit Tuanphakdee, opens “real soon” in the former Food 101 space on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
August 2019 Announcements
DORAVILLE: Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks opens a second location in Doraville in September at the Peachtree Pavilion development on Peachtree Boulevard. Big Dave’s serves beef, chicken, fried chicken, and salmon cheesesteaks, cheesesteak egg rolls, chicken wings, fries, and onion rings.
HOME PARK: Cascade Road Haitian restaurant the Spice House takes over the long-vacant Bobby and June’s Kountry Kitchen space on 14th Street in Home Park this fall. The owners also plan to open a location in Lithonia on Panola Road. The restaurant serves dishes like shrimp and grits, jerk chicken, crawfish mac and cheese, whole fish plates, and turkey wings with black rice.
ALPHARETTA: Old Fourth Ward dog park and bar Fetch Park & Ice House is opening a second Atlanta area location in Alpharetta next year.
ALPHARETTA/FORSYTH COUNTY: Ocean and Acre restaurant opens later this fall at the 135-acre Halcyon development in southern Forsyth County off of Turner McDonald Parkway. While technically inside the boundaries of Forsyth County, Halcyon carries an Alpharetta address.
SANDY SPRINGS: C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar, owned by chef Jon Schwenk and Rich Clark of C&S Restaurant Group, opens in the next few months at the Modera complex on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The restaurant specializes in raw bar favorites like oysters, shrimp cocktail, and seafood platters as well as a selection of whole fish entrees, lobster, crab, and steaks.
OLD FOURTH WARD: Bryant “Chef Baul” Williams, who recently served as the private chef for Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos during their 20-stop world tour, plans to open “soul food kitchen and bar” Chef’d Up in the Old Fourth Ward. The restaurant should open in September. Chef’d Up takes over a somewhat troubled restaurant space in the Highland Walk apartment complex at the corner of Highland Avenue and Sampson Street. P’cheen, Last Word, Cast Iron, and, most recently, The Barrelhouse have all opened and closed there over the last five years.
DULUTH: A third Atlanta location of Ford Fry’s Tex-Mex restaurant Superica and a second location of bowling alley and restaurant The Painted Pin will open at the 118-acre Revel development in the Gwinnett County city of Duluth. Revel is anchored by the Infinite Energy Center arena and theater complex.
WEST END: Brewpub Best End Brewing Co. officially opens to the public at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 20, at the Lee + White complex in West End, just off of the Westside Beltline trail. The brewpub features a 20 barrel brewery and a three barrel pilot system brewing ales, pilsners, porters, lagers, IPAs, and sours and a restaurant with a chef’s area serving what’s being described as “Southeast island food”. Beyond beer, the bar at Best End offers cocktails, tiki drinks, and milkshakes and slushies as well as a selection of natural wine on its menu.
ADAIR PARK: A location of Charleston-based Rodney Scott’s BBQ opens at the Met in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Adair Park near the West End MARTA station next Spring. The restaurant, owned by James Beard Award winning chef and pitmaster Rodney Scott, offers South Carolina-style whole hog barbecue, ribs, and chicken as well as Southern sides like collards and Scott’s popular cornbread, and banana pudding by the pint or quart.
SANDY SPRINGS: Chef Todd Ginsberg, Jennifer and Ben Johnson, and Shelley Sweet (Fred’s Meat and Bread, the Canteen) open a second location of their Emory Point Jewish deli and restaurant The General Muir by early 2020 at the City Springs development in Sandy Springs. The news comes just two months after the partners opened their latest restaurant, Woods Chapel BBQ, on Georgia Avenue in Summerhill.
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND: Ink, the 20-seat cocktail bar located inside 8Arm’s former coffee cafe, becomes a natural wine bar called 8Arm Wine by mid-September. The made-over bar will be “more laid back” than its predecessor and focus on by-the-glass organic and biodynamic selections as well as vermouth, sherry, and wine flights. Food includes tinned seafood and caviar along with a cheese plate, pâté, desserts, and other snacks.
CASTLEBERRY HILL: It looks like the Castleberry Hill neighborhood will soon include a location of Atlanta-based breakfast and lunch chain the Flying Biscuit. The restaurant opens by the end of the year at the Castleberry Point Lofts complex on Centennial Park Drive, near the “now-demolished” Nelson Street Bridge.
GLENWOOD PARK: After a successful Kickstarter campaign last April and nearly a year of scouting out potential locations, beer educator Jen Price signed a lease for her bottle shop and growler bar, the Atlanta Beer Boutique, in Glenwood Park. Price tells Eater Atlanta she hopes to open by November on Glenwood Avenue, just around the corner from 3 Parks Wine shop and across from Gunshow.
NORCROSS: A popular Philadelphia restaurant known for its line-inducing chicken pho expands to metro Atlanta in September. The owners of famed Pho Ga Thanh Thanh, located in Philadelphia’s East Kensington neighborhood, will open Pho Ga Tony Tony at the Carter Oak Plaza in Norcross, anchored by Hong Kong Supermarket.
MIDTOWN: Sugar Factory American Brasserie, spanning two floors, features a cafe serving rainbow doughnuts and ice cream and a confections shop with over 500 types candy and sweets, a marble bar seating 12 people, a 200-seat dining room with red tufted banquets and crystal chandeliers to accompany the gummy bear chandelier, and a 60-seat patio with its own 12-seat bar. It opens Friday, September 27.
DUNWOODY: The north metro Atlanta city of Dunwoody will soon have its fourth English pub when the Duke opens on Ashford Dunwoody Road later this month. The pub is located between the historic Spruill House and the Residence Inn.
OLD FOURTH WARD: A third location of Slutty Vegan and its line-inducing meatless burgers heads to the Old Fourth Ward by early next year. Details are scarce, but the wildly popular Westview vegan burger restaurant plans to open on Edgewood Avenue next door to Edgewood Pizza and across from the Sound Table.
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND: After finding success with his two pizzerias — O4W Pizza and Nina & Rafi — Anthony Spina will open a new restaurant in part of the former Goin’ Coastal space in Virginia-Highland. Spina says he’s planning to focus “heavily” on Sicilian-style pizza.
SANDY SPRINGS: Vietnamese restaurant 285 Colonial Kitchen takes over the former Southwestern grill Barberitos space at the Prado. 285 Colonial Kitchen, which could open by September, plans to serve pho and various Vietnamese noodle dishes, along with beer and wine. Owner Duc Tran has another restaurant called 575 Bistro in Kennesaw serving similar fare.
HOME PARK-WESTSIDE: Prepare for more Nashville hot chicken heat — Hattie B’s is opening a second Atlanta location at 10th Street and Howell Mill Road in Home Park. The new Hattie B’s, located around the corner from Steven Satterfield’s Miller Union, should open next spring. The 4,800-square-foot building, with seating for up to 200 people, will become Hattie B’s largest location yet. Current design plans include a recessed patio for outdoor dining and games like corn hole.
July 2019 Announcements
WOODSTOCK: A new surf and turf restaurant called Prime 120 opens on Chambers Street in downtown Woodstock later this fall. According to a press release, Prime 120’s “unique twist on the traditional steakhouse” includes using Italian wood-fire ovens to prepare its steaks and seafood. In addition to the dining room, Prime 120 features a 30-seat private dining room and a patio with a fireplace.
BUCKHEAD: The Peach shopping center on Peachtree Street in Buckhead will soon be home to Tamago Ramen Bar. The restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by Southwestern grill Barberitos, which closed in December after five years. It could open as soon as the first weekend in August.
KIRKWOOD: Decatur-based Mexican pan dulce bakery La Calavera relocates to the Kirkwood neighborhood on Memorial Drive in August. The new shop is just a block from burger joint Ann’s Snack Bar and Wyatt’s Country BBQ.
TOCO HILLS: Iron Age Steak House will bring Korean barbecue to Toco Hill shopping center on North Druid Hills Road. The restaurant plans to take over the space once home to Famous Pub, which closed after 30 years in 2016.
MIDTOWN: Midtown will soon be home to a San Francisco institution when Anthony Bourdain-approved burger joint Sam’s opens this fall at the Sixty 11th Apartments on 11th Street. Sam’s-Atlanta could include between 20 to 50 varieties of burgers, close to “200 different types” of sandwiches, nearly 50 local and Bay area beers on tap, and wines from the Napa and Sonoma California regions.
EAST LAKE: Restaurateur Michael Lo and chef George Yu of Korean Wives Hospitality Group will open Salaryman in the former Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken in East Lake. The restaurant is located on the corner of Hosea L. Williams Drive and 2nd Avenue at the Hosea and 2nd complex.
BUCKHEAD: Delaware-based brewpub chain Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant opens next year at Lenox Marketplace on Peachtree Road, currently home to the sugar-filled pop-up Candytopia. Iron Hill’s Buckhead location, anchored by Target and Publix, plans to include an on-site brewery and seating for up to 250 people throughout the bar, the dining room, and on the patio.
METRO ATLANTA: More hot chicken heads to Atlanta by the fall — and this time it’s from Kentucky. Joella’s Hot Chicken plans to open four new restaurants in metro Atlanta: Cumberland area on Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Newnan in south metro Atlanta. The menu includes wings, jumbo tenders, quarter and half birds, and a soy-based vegan “chicken” made from peas, carrots, beetroots, and potatoes. Joella’s chicken comes in six levels of heat, ranging from “Southern: no heat, like mom used to make” to “Fire-in-da-hole: inferno, will light you up.”
WESTSIDE-HOWELL MILL: Cleveland-based Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches joins previously announced Velvet Taco next fall at the Interlock, currently under construction across from Westside Provisions District. It offers 14 ice cream flavors, including key lime and banana pudding, sandwiched between seven from-scratch cookies, like ginger molasses, snickerdoodle, and peanut butter. Customers build their sandwiches by choosing a cookie and ice cream, then add toppings such as fruity pebbles or caramel or chocolate sauce.
WESTSIDE-UNDERWOOD HILLS: Fire Maker Brewing will open in a former warehouse along Chattahoochee Avenue in the westside neighborhood of Underwood Hills. It could open as early as this fall. The brewery’s taproom features up to 30 taps, seating at the bar, at high top tables, and other communal areas, and roll up garage doors opening to a covered patio. Plans to include a private events room and community office space with desks and outlets are also in the works.
CABBAGETOWN: JenChan’s Supper Delivery Club secured a lease for the former Mouth of the South restaurant space on Carroll Street in Cabbagetown. It appears owners Jen Chan and Emily Chan’s dream to transform their “mostly Southern, mainly Asian” prepared meals service into a restaurant within their neighborhood could be underway. Think summer rolls stuffed with shrimp, vegetables, and mango, Chinese fried chicken wings, black bean spare ribs, potstickers, ricotta meatballs, and lasagna.
OLD FOURTH WARD: Old Fourth Ward food hall Krog Street Market gets its first Indian food stall this fall. Jai Ho Indian Galli Kitchen opens in the former Urban pL8 space. The stall plans to serve classic Indian street foods, along with other dishes like chicken curry soup, Tandoori shrimp salad, saag paneer, and chicken tikka masala throughout lunch and dinner.
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND: It appears chef Nhan Le’s (8ARM, Three Heart Coffee, Octopus Bar, So Ba) Beltline grilled seafood restaurant Ama might be back on track, and with help from former Atlanta District 2 councilman Kwanza Hall. Ama could open by this fall.
BENTEEN PARK: Red’s Beer Garden opens this fall along Boulevard in the Benteen Park neighborhood, just south of Grant Park. Red’s, owned by Kristen Sumpter and Ed Sumpter, will offer beer, wine, and cider on draft and from self-serve refrigerators as well as a variety of hot dogs from Atlanta-based Pigman Goods.
SUMMERHILL: Chef Bea Lewis, the founder of supper series Hush Dinner Club, opens a restaurant called Concept on Georgia Avenue in Summerhill early next year. While the interior is fashioned after a 1950s diner, the food on the menu is distinctively “modern American”.
WESTSIDE-UNDERWOOD HILLS: Round Trip Brewing is apparently seeking to acquire property along Seaboard Industrial Boulevard on the edge of the northwest Atlanta neighborhood of Underwood Hills. The brewery hopes to open early next year. Round Trip is located between Atlanta Brewing Company and Second Self Beer in the neighborhood, which will also include a second location of Scofflaw Brewing at the Chattahoochee Food Works. Celebrity restaurateur and host of Bizarre Foods Andrew Zimmern is the food hall’s “culinary advisor”. Steady Hand Beer just opened earlier this year along Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard off of Chattahoochee Avenue in Blandtown.
WESTSIDE-BLANDTOWN: An Atlanta location of Detroit-based gaming bar Fowling Warehouse is headed to English Street in the Westside neighborhood of Blandtown off of Huff Road. Fowling [FOH-ling] combines bowling and football. Plans for the 25,000-square-foot Fowling Warehouse include up to 20 fowling lanes and a bar, along with a “retail-type” space. Fowling Warehouse accommodates up to 200 people, with up to 80 people in the gaming area.
MIDTOWN: Chef Linton Hopkins and Gina Hopkins plan to open a new restaurant at the $400 million revamped Colony Square complex in midtown next spring. The unnamed 4,000-square-foot restaurant is located in building 400.
June 2019 Announcements
OLD FOURTH WARD: Biggerstaff Brewing Company opens next door to the award-winning restaurant Staplehouse on Edgewood Avenue in early 2020. Owners Clay Davies and Sarah Davies also nabbed Staplehouse chef and Edgewood neighbor Ryan Smith to help create the food menu for their Old Fourth Ward brewpub.
DULUTH: Thai street food restaurant and boba bar Sweet Octopus opens at Parsons Alley in downtown Duluth in October. The restaurant and bubble tea and empanada bar, owned by Paul Yuwachit, plans to take up two floors and also includes a small menu from Poke Burri and Lifting Noodles Ramen, owned by Seven Chan and Ken Yu.
DOWNTOWN: Top Chef and Empire State South owner Hugh Acheson opens a French restaurant called By George later this summer in the historic Candler Hotel on Peachtree Street downtown. The restaurant, once home to Central Bank and Trust in what was known as the Candler Building, plans to serve lunch and dinner and provide space to sip tea, coffee, and champagne with caviar service throughout the day.
MIDTOWN: The owners behind ramen shops Hajime and Umaido plan to open Kin No Tori Ramen Bar this fall at Midtown Place on Ponce de Leon Avenue The Whole Foods-anchored shopping complex resides across the street from Ponce City Market. The menu highlights a chicken broth-based ramen supposedly “made from scratch” and without the use of artificial flavors or additives. In addition to ramen, the restaurant also offers a variety of Japanese street foods and yakitori (skewered, grilled meats).
ALPHARETTA: A second location of Roswell sushi and sake bar Monkey 68, owned by Mali Hu, opens in the neighboring north metro Atlanta city of Alpharetta later this summer. In addition to sushi and sushi rolls, the restaurant serves Asian small plates and entrees such as flash fried squid legs with sweet chili dip and jjang jjorim or braised brisket with buttered rice on the menu, created by chef David Yun.
DECATUR: Beginning Wednesday, July 3, a new restaurant pop-up takes over the kitchen at the SOS Tiki Bar in Decatur: Sweet E’s Caribbean-Southern-style barbecue, seafood, and comfort food. Sweet E’s, run by former SOS bar manager Ean Bancroft, began popping up around the Atlanta area shortly after Bancroft left the Decatur bar in February.
JONESBORO: A second location of meatless burger restaurant Slutty Vegan opens in the city of Jonesboro, 18 miles south of Atlanta. Clark Atlanta University graduate Pinky Cole took her vegan burger food truck sensation permanent in January, opening her first restaurant in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Westview.
REYNOLDSTOWN: Chef Richard Tang of Char Korean Bar & Grill and chef Mike Yang (formerly Ba Bellies) open their Asian seafood restaurant Girl Diver later this year at Madison Yards in Reynoldstown. Tang says the 2,500-square-foot restaurant, which seats approximately 100 people, centers around Asian seafood boils and includes a 500-square-foot patio. The name Girl Diver refers, in part, to the nearly 2,000-year-old tradition of Japanese and Korean women divers or ama and haenyeo — “sea woman” — who collected pearls, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and abalone from the bottom of the ocean.
May 2019 Announcements
MIDTOWN: The forthcoming midtown restaurant from restauranteur Billy Streck (Hampton + Hudson, Nina & Rafi, Cypress Street Pint & Plate) and former St. Cecilia chef Craig Richards now has a name: Lyla Lila, named for their daughters. It opens this fall. The menu focuses on southern European fare from countries such as Italy and Spain. Richards, who worked for years in restaurants throughout Italy and with Lidia Bastianich (Italian celebrity chef, restaurateur), plans to feature fresh pastas.
SANDY SPRINGS: A newly-crowned 2019 Michelin Guide California Bib Gourmand restaurant opens its second location later this fall in Sandy Springs. The owners of Okiboru, a ramen shop located in Chinatown in Los Angeles, just signed a lease at Modera on Roswell Road across from Rumi’s Kitchen. Okiboru specializes in tsukemen or “dipping ramen”.
ADAIR PARK: Family owned restaurant Buenos Dias Cafe plans opens a new Latin market called La Bodega later this year. The grocery/lunch counter will serve the community at arts incubator the MET. Adjacent to the West End MARTA Station, situated between Murphy Avenue and Metropolitan Parkway.
SUMMERHILL: Hot Dog Pete’s and Hero Doughnuts join an array of independently-owned restaurants and chefs taking their pop-ups permanent in Summerhill east of Georgia State Stadium. Joined by a shared patio, Pete’s hopes to open by late summer, while Hero aims to open in mid-November on the neighborhood’s main drag, Georgia Avenue.
DOWNTOWN: A Tex-Mex-Cajun restaurant called Dos Bocas takes over the Legal Seafood space this summer in downtown Atlanta. The restaurant, owned by Legacy Ventures (STATS Brewpub, Twin Smokers BBQ, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, Glenn’s Kitchen, SkyLounge, Game-X), plans to serve dishes inspired by the owners’ travels throughout Louisiana and Texas.
UNDERWOOD HILLS: The 16,000-square-foot Chattahoochee Food Works (CFW) on the edge of Underwood Hills now has a celebrity attached to it: Andrew Zimmern. According to a press release, the restaurateur and host of Bizarre Foods is the “culinary advisor” to Robert Montwaid, the market’s operator, and will help “develop a unique and diverse talent mix” at the “boutique food market.” CFW mostly follows the established food hall formula, with restaurant stalls that feature “international fare,” “artisanal” shops, chef events, a test kitchen, an indoor-outdoor bar, and an all-weather patio with a firewall overlooking a quarter-mile park.
BUCKHEAD: Botanico Kitchen and Bar, owned by chef Luis Damian, replaces Rise and Revelry on the second floor of Savi Provisions on Pharr Road. The restaurant, serving dishes from the Puebla and Guadalajara regions of Mexico, should open in August. Damian, who hails from Puebla, is currently the executive chef at Big Sky in Buckhead.
MIDTOWN: Sukoshi, the Charlotte-based sushi and poke restaurant from Indigo Road restaurant group (O-Ku, Donetto, Tiny Lou’s) opening this summer at Colony Square, includes a 30-minute, five-course omakase for $30 at its tiny sushi bar. The 2,000-square-foot, counter-service restaurant specifically caters to those interested in a quick meal during lunch or to-go ordering — aka midtown’s weekday workforce and weekend visitors.
EDGEWOOD: Chop Shop, owned by Avondale Estates butcher Rusty Bowers of Pine Street Market and Wes and Charlotte Swancy of hog farm Riverview Farms, plan to open a wine shop called the Pour House next door. Miles Macquarrie (Kimball House, Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits) is helping Bowers and the Swancys select the wines for the Pour House. The shop would also allow beer and wine to be consumed on the covered patio. Chop Shop, which opened in February at the corner of Memorial Drive and Whitefoord Avenue in Edgewood, is “Atlanta’s first farmer-owned” butcher shop.
COLLEGE PARK: A second location of Cascade Road all-day brunch restaurant Milk and Honey, owned by Sammy Davis and Monique Rose Simms, opens in College Park this summer. The restaurant, named the Real Milk and Honey, is situated along Main Street in the former Ronaldo’s Resto near Darius Williams’ Soul Crab and the forthcoming Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar. Two other locations on Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur and Henry Clower Boulevard in Snellville are also in the works.
WESTSIDE: Dallas-based Velvet Taco — aka the “temple to the liberated taco” and “tacos without borders” — plans to open a second Atlanta location at the Interlock complex on Howell Mill Road and 14th Street. The Buckhead restaurant opens this summer at the Whole Foods-anchored Buckhead Market Place across from the St. Regis hotel. Velvet Taco is known for slinging tacos like spicy tikka masala, fried paneer, Nashville hot cauliflower, chicken falafel, and crawfish and pork jambalaya alongside margaritas into the wee hours of the morning
DOWNTOWN: Gunshow chef Kevin Gillespie opens his pop-up breakfast and lunch counter Ole Reliable early next month inside the Georgia-Pacific building on Peachtree Street downtown. Despite its office tower location, the take-away restaurant replacing Aramark cafe is open to the public at the 52-story building. Coffee served at Ole Reliable comes from Edgewood Avenue coffee roastery and shop Docent in the Old Fourth Ward.
MIDTOWN: Persian restaurant Rumi’s Kitchen opens its third Atlanta location next spring at Colony Square on the corner of 14th and Peachtree streets in midtown. The restaurant, owned by chef Ali Mesghali, takes over the space previously planned for Iselle Kitchen + Bar, from San Diego chef Chris Gentile. The menu runs the gamut from labneh and dolmeh to a wide variety of kabobs and large entrees like lamb shank served with lentils and basmati rice.
SANDY SPRINGS: Denver-based Snooze an A.M. Eatery will open for breakfast and brunch at the Gateway complex on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The restaurant serves breakfast all day — or until 2:30 p.m — and should open in early 2020. The menu is broken up into sections like all manner of egg dishes from huevos rancheros to breakfast pot pie, a selection of benedicts, sandwiches like a Reuben, pancakes including an entire flight of flapjacks, and lighter fare such as avocado toast and an egg white omelette.
MIDTOWN: A Korean barbecue restaurant called Park 27 Korean BBQ opens at the Publix-anchored Plaza Midtown on West Peachtree Street later this year. Park 27, which replaces Kuroshio Midtown Sushi and Lounge, plans to “combine the owners’ traditional Japanese restaurant with a Korean BBQ twist.” The family owns hibachi restaurant Aomi Japanese in Johns Creek and in Alpharetta.
FORSYTH COUNTY: Chef Marc Taft will open Best Burger and a new Feed Fried Chicken at Halcyon in Forsyth County, 40 miles north of Atlanta. The development includes office and retail space, residential units, a dine-in movie theater, two hotels, a 50-acre green space, and several restaurants.
ATLANTA: Cannabis-themed (but cannabis-free) franchise Cheba Hut “Toasted” Subs wants to cure the munchies in Atlanta. The Colorado-based chain, with its motto “Great tasting food. A very specific counterculture,” is eyeing properties in Midtown, Westside, Edgewood, Reynoldstown, Old Fourth Ward, and Summerhill to open three locations this fall.
BUCKHEAD: Jeni’s Ice Cream opens its fifth metro Atlanta shop this summer at the Buckhead Market Place on West Paces Ferry. The nearly 1,400-square-foot Buckhead ice cream parlor resides next to the forthcoming late night taco restaurant, Velvet Taco, in the Whole Foods-anchored complex across from the St. Regis hotel. The design for Jeni’s-Buckhead includes tall, exposed ceilings, lots of textured wood, and a waffle cone making station on full display.
ALPHARETTA: Eleven Hospitality Group, the owners behind Carson Kitchen, confirm they’re opening a location of the popular Las Vegas hot spot in the old courthouse building at Alpharetta City Center this fall. For chef and Eleven partner Cory Harwell, this is a sort of homecoming. He began his culinary career in a Woodstock, Georgia restaurant years ago. Carson Kitchen is known for burgers like the butter burger with boursin or jerk turkey with mango chutney and shared snacks such as gyro tacos and smoked trout rillette.
April 2019 Announcements
WEST END: Edgewood Pizza — the self-proclaimed home of “king slices” — plans to open a second location in West End. The Old Fourth Ward (O4W) pizzeria filed permits with city of Atlanta begin construction at the Sky Lofts complex on Oak Street near the West End Mall. The restaurant also serves calzones and wings, and is open late nights on Edgewood Avenue.
HOME PARK: Wagaya Japanese Restaurant owner Takashi Otsuka plans to open another Japanese restaurant called Chirori next door in the former Better Half. Better Half, a former Eater 38 Essential, closed last October after five years along 14th Street in the Home Park neighborhood. Otsuka, who hopes to open Chirori by the end of May, says his new restaurant focuses on sake paired with robatayaki — meats and seafood grilled over hot charcoal. Chirori is a bottle used to warm sake.
DULUTH: Popular Chamblee dim sum and Chinese restaurant Royal China is moving 18 miles north to Duluth in Gwinnett County. The restaurant closed earlier this month to the dismay of at least one Yelper who found a note taped to the door informing diners of the move. Royal China plans to reopen at the end of April in the former Golfsmith shop on Venture Drive near Costco.
SANDY SPRINGS: More poké heads to metro Atlanta. Southern California franchise LemonShark Poké, owned by Tobi Miller of 1990s band the Wallflowers and race car driver Richard Gottlieb, opens at the Bishop luxury apartment complex in Sandy Springs later this year. LemonShark’s menu comprises mainly of poké, but does include dishes like tempura shrimp, egg rolls, and Hawaiian katsu — pounded cutlet of meat or seafood breaded and fried — as well as an oyster bar and a wall of beer.
DUNWOODY: Sandy Springs’ Breadwinner Cafe and Bakery replaces longtime (and much loved) Wright Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe in Dunwoody Village this summer. Breadwinner, owned by Geoff and Katie Melkonian, who also own Farm to Ladle inside Ponce City Market and at Avalon in Alpharetta, opened in 2010. The shop sells soups, salads and sandwiches on its menu, in addition to a variety of breads and baked goods, and offers catering.
SUMMERHILL: Remember that conspiracy theory bar, aptly named Conspiracy Basement Drink Parlor, opening on Georgia Avenue in Summerhill this fall? It’s now Redacted Basement Drink Parlor. Co-owner Jake Karmin tells Eater Atlanta (with full transparency,) he and Judy Ho chose the new moniker after receiving a cease and desist letter for the name “Conspiracy”.
GRANT PARK: Filipino restaurant Estrellita hopes to move into the small, Woodward Avenue retail complex that houses Manny’s pub and Jimmy John’s in Grant Park later this year. It’s owned by Hope Webb and Walter Cortado. The restaurant plans to serve fare and family recipes from Pampanga, a province northwest of Manilla in the Philippines. The partners are currently in the permitting phase with city of Atlanta.
ROSWELL: A “Chinese-inspired” street food restaurant and bar, owned by Aaron Smith, plans to open in the former Krespos Seafood House on Magnolia Street in downtown Roswell by June. Robbie Pacheco (356 at the Porsche Experience Center) leads the kitchen at Shanghai Street Food and Bar, which he describes as “modern Chinese street food” without the “pretentious vibe” of fine dining. “I want to bring late night Chinatown to Downtown Roswell,” Pacheco says.”
COLLEGE PARK: Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar brings “Gullah Geechee inspired soul food” to College Park this spring. And, the restaurant, owned by the Juan and Gee Smalls, could reside next door to chef Darius Williams’ Soul Crab on Main Street. Virgil’s, serving mostly seafood and rice dishes as well as cocktails, should seat up to 90 people in its dining room with an area for socializing. Another area near the bar in front of the restaurant includes communal tables.
BUCKHEAD: A location of the popular Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream may be opening in Buckhead Market Place on West Paces Ferry. The complex is anchored by Whole Foods. Both Jeni’s and the forthcoming, Texas-based Velvet Taco replace North Face in the complex. Jeni’s has locations on Decatur square, at Westside Provisions District, and inside Krog Street Market.
BATTERY ATLANTA: Giovanni Di Palma’s Italian empire grows. The Antico Pizza and Home Park “Little Italia” food village owner plans to open his second Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano location at Battery Atlanta later this year Gio’s replaces Feed Fried Chicken, which closed in January. Di Palma also has an Antico location at Battery.
OLD FOURTH WARD: The owners of Grant Park’s Bennett’s Market and Deli plan to open a second location later his year at SPX Alley along the Beltline in the Old Fourth Ward. SPX Alley is part of the Studioplex complex on Auburn Avenue. In addition to beer, wine, local snacks and provisions, and grocery staples like bread and milk, Bennett’s offers a deli counter serving soups, salads, and sandwiches, including an all-day bacon, egg and cheese, New York-style pastrami, and a tuna melt.
ADAIR PARK: Art and event space The Mammal Gallery plans to turn the iconic blue water tower at The Met into a two-story coffee and cocktail bar. 8arm and INK’s Isabella Corwell leads the bar program. The first two floors of the tower will convert to a coffee and cocktail bar while a patio surrounds the base. Mammal Gallery’s bar will service the venue and be open for regular hours.
March 2019 Announcements
DOWNTOWN: It seems Big Citizen restaurant group (Bon Ton, The Lawrence, Miracle on Monroe) has set their sights on downtown Atlanta. They plan to open an art gallery and bar event space in a historic building at 81 Broad Street. The yet-named bar, co-owned by longtime Atlanta barman Eric Simpkins, expects to be an “art and music inspired-bar, convention center, madhouse”. Eater Atlanta reached out for more details, including an opening ETA.
SUMMERHILL: The Real Mexican Vittles mobile kitchen, owned by Helio Bernal, will open Mexican gastropub D Boca N Boca on Georgia Avenue in Summerhill serving tacos, tamales, ceviches, aguachiles, and fresh made salsas. The restaurant also includes a bar and an outdoor patio.
WESTSIDE PROVISIONS DISTRICT: Nashville’s Five Daughter’s Bakery opens its second Atlanta location this spring at Westside Provisions District on Howell Mill Road, across from Little Barn Apothecary in the mezzanine breezeway. The shop offers a variety of cake and brioche-style doughnuts filled with jam, custard, and cream, as well as gluten free, vegan, and paleo doughnuts, cookies, and other pastries on its menu. This includes their decadent 100-layer, croissant-style doughnut, rolled in sugar and stuffed with cream.
SANDY SPRINGS: French-American restaurant The Select, owned by Dave Green and David Lester (Paces & Vine), opens at the City Springs development in Sandy Springs next month. It’s fashioned after Le Select brasserie in Paris — once a popular haunt for artists and writers such as Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway, who referenced the restaurant in his novels The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast.
DOWNTOWN: Instagram and internet famous comedian Kwaylon Rogers, star of the Blame It on Kway video series, will open his next Louisiana seafood-by-the-pound restaurant and daiquiri bar Krab Queenz in Atlanta. The restaurateur and Dallas native hopes to open Krab Queenz-ATL by the end of April in the former Gladys Knights Chicken & Waffles on West Peachtree Street downtown.
BATTERY ATLANTA: Doraville Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro plans to open a second location at the upcoming Battery Atlanta food hall called Ph’east next to Wahlburgers on Legends Place. Snackboxe owner and Eater Atlanta 2018 Chef of the Year winner, Thip Athakhanh, hopes to open by September at the Cobb County complex, also home to Braves SunTrust Park. Other restaurants opening at the hall include Poke Burri, Lifting Noodles Ramen, and Kung Fu Tea.
ALPHARETTA: Alpharetta-based Jekyll Brewing is expanding to the Exchange Building at Alpharetta City Center this summer. The brewery’s second location occupies the upper floor of the building, which includes a restaurant, tasting room, and a rooftop patio three stories above Academy and Market streets in the heart of the north metro Atlanta city.
SOUTHWEST ATLANTA: Area 4 Restaurant, owned by Jasmine Smiley, opens Friday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. for Southern fare and seafood at 2885 Greenbriar Parkway near Greenbriar Mall, according to a press release. The menu focuses primarily on seafood, including a “seafood bucket” and shrimp and grits, as well as dishes like chicken and waffles. Area 4 plans to be open breakfast through dinner, and for brunch on weekends with an emphasis on a “mature audience” during the midday weekend meal.
BATTERY ATLANTA: Premium cigar lounge and cocktail bar Burn by Rocky Patel may be close to opening at Battery Atlanta in Cobb County. Burn, located diagonally across from Live! Sports & Social on Battery Avenue near SunTrust Park, describes itself as the “evolution in cigar lounges fashioned for those who enjoy fine cigars, premium spirits and delectable cuisine.”
OLD FOURTH WARD: Buena Vida Tapas & Sol opens later this year at the North and Line complex across from Historic Fourth Ward Park along the Beltline. The 190-seat Spanish tapas restaurant is owned by Adam Berlin and Juan Calle of Big Sky Buckhead.
PIEDMONT HEIGHTS: Ford Fry’s “Austin-inspired” taco and chicken al carbon restaurant Little Rey could finally open in April. Little Rey is located in the former Anchor Bar & Tattoo on Piedmont Avenue in Piedmont Heights. The super casual, counter-service restaurant with a take-out window centers its menu around chicken al carbon (wood-roasted) and tacos, vegetable sides, fresh salsas and tortillas, and, of course, margaritas.
MARIETTA: Street Taco becomes the first restaurant to officially announce it’s opening in March at Marietta Square Market food hall. The taqueria joins 16 other restaurants and food stalls at the 18,500-square-foot OTP version of Krog Street Market, opening March 28 near Marietta’s historic town square.
FLORIDA HEIGHTS/SOUTHWEST ATLANTA: Soul cookbook author chef Todd Richards plans to open his new barbecue restaurant in the former Anderson’s Old Fashioned Bar-B-Que on Willis Mills Road in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Florida Heights. It’s located near Hamilton Holmes and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, south of I-20 and west of Westview Cemetery. The restaurant’s menu includes Southern and Chicago-style barbecue as well as dishes from his cookbook and now-closed Rolling Bones barbecue.
February 2019 Announcements
DECATUR: A second location of Inman Park’s Folk Art Restaurant opens in Decatur this fall. The all-day, Southern diner, owned by Randy Parks and Rhoda Hill, takes over the former Thumbs Up Diner, which closed last October on West Ponce De Leon Avenue.
CHAMBLEE: Lagarde, serving Creole and New Orleans dishes, opens at Parkview on Peachtree in Chamblee this April. The restaurant, located along Peachtree Boulevard, is owned by chef Jamie Adams and Leonardo Moura of Italian restaurant il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Springs. Lagarde is Adams’ middle name.
WESTSIDE?: Houston’s Turkey Leg Hut is expanding to Atlanta this spring and bringing with it the restaurant’s “world famous” and celebrity-endorsed stuffed turkey legs. It’s unclear, however, where owners Lynn Price and Nakia Price plan to open Turkey Hut Leg-Atlanta. The restaurant’s turkey legs are smoked until the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender, then stuffed with dirty rice and topped with everything from shrimp and Alfredo sauce to red onions, mushrooms, and parmesan cheese.
WESTSIDE: Food Terminal is opening a second, in-town location in the now shuttered The Local Pizziaolo on Marietta Street at the Brickworks in Westside The Malaysian restaurant, owned by chef Amy Wong and Howard Ewe of Sweet Hut Bakery, opened their often packed-house Buford Highway location two years ago in the City Farmer’s Market complex in Chamblee. A representative for the restaurant tells Eater Atlanta, Food Terminal-Westside could open by May or June.
BUCKHEAD: Old Fourth Ward Ice cream shop Queen of Cream and Birmingham-based Revelator Coffee Company are partnering to open two shops over the next month in Buckhead: Coffee & Ice Cream at Lenox Square and Sweet Tooth Cafe at Phipps Plaza.
OPEN — SANDY SPRINGS: District M Sushi opens at the Modera Sandy Springs complex on Roswell Road at the end of February. The 140-seat restaurant and its 20-seat sushi bar will offer à la carte sushi, three omakase experiences, and a sashimi moriawase, along with charcoal grilled meats and vegetables on its menu. Chef Jackie Chang, formerly of Umi in Buckhead and O-Ku in Westside, leads the kitchen and District M’s sushi bar.
AVONDALE ESTATES: Khanh Vietnamese Kitchen is opening in the former Our Way Cafe space in Avondale Estates, a little over a mile outside of downtown Decatur. The restaurant, which plans to focus its menu on pho, should open in July. Our Way Cafe owner Eva-Marie Roswall announced last October she was retiring, thus closing the longtime meat-and-three after 30 yearson East College Avenue.
DOWNTOWN: Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza owner Stephen de Haan is partnering with master sushi chef Saito Saito to open Saito: Sushi, Steak, and Cocktails at 207 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. The 2,200-square-foot restaurant will be located in the lobby of the century-old, former Regenstein’s department store — rebranded as “The Department Building” — which remained mostly vacant for the last forty years.
WESTSIDE: Chef Michael Patrick and Pietro Gianni, owners of Buckhead’s Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante, have named their forthcoming Westside Provisions District (WSPD) restaurant Forza Storico. Forza Storico — slang for “let’s do this” — will occupy the former Little Bacch space and serve dishes reminiscent of those found in and around Rome, Italy. It’s now expected to open this summer.
January 2019 Announcements
CASTLEBERRY HILL: Carolina Panthers quarterback and Atlanta native Cam Newton is opening a restaurant and cigar bar called Fellaship in Castleberry Hill, a few blocks from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in March. The 4,600-square-foot restaurant and lounge, located at Castleberry Point on Centennial Olympic Park Drive, features a dining room and bar, a mezzanine level, a glass-enclosed wine room, and a speakeasy-inspired VIP lounge, located behind moving bookshelves. Fellaship plans to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
GRANT PARK: Hotto Hotto Ramen and Teppanyaki will open in building B at the Beacon in Grant Park this May. The restaurant, owned by Alice Wong, plans to serve ramen — including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free bowls — and various teppanyaki options. Hopstix owner and brewmaster Andy Tan is partnering with Wong to provide a local Asian-style beer. Hotto Hotto will also offer cocktails such as a matcha green tea martini and include an indoor-outdoor bar, in addition to its patio.
PIEDMONT HEIGHTS: Chef Pasquale “Pat” Pascarella, co-owner of The White Bull in Decatur, is opening Neapolitan pizza and Italian restaurant Grana this summer on Piedmont Avenue in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood. Grana, located across from Grindhouse Killer Burgers and a block from Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, will feature wood-fired pizzas and Pascarella’s handmade pastas, for which he’s become known for at The White Bull.
GRANT PARK: A rum distillery called Atlantica Distilling Company, owned by Ronford Howell, is opening Ateliea House of Rum at the Beacon in Grant Park later this year. The mysterious distillery’s website yields little information, other than it’s “bringing sexy back to rum” and it will be located in building B at the Beacon. Ateliea plans to create an amber rum and a black spiced rum, as well as a yet-categorized “surprise” rum and will offer paid memberships in The Wing Society, which grants access to private tours, tastings, and events and provides discounts and special privileges at the distillery.
DECATUR: Restaurant The Deer and The Dove and coffee and wine bar Side Bar, owned by Wrecking Bar Brewpub chef Terry Koval and Jenn Koval, will open in the spaces formerly occupied by the iconic Cakes & Ale and its coffee shop on Sycamore Street near Decatur Square. The Kovals are partnering with George Frangos (Farm Burger) who is also assisting with the coffee and wine programs. Both the restaurant and coffee bar should open by early spring.
SANDY SPRINGS/ONLINE-ONLY: Three delivery-only, virtual restaurants will open in Sandy Springs, next door to seafood restaurant Hammocks Trading Company. Succulent Hospitality, which owns Hammocks and Under the Cork Tree tapas restaurant at the Prado, plans to run meat-and-three Fatbacks, gourmet burger joint Top Bun, and salad and grain bowl-focused Salad Hippie from a shared kitchen on Roswell Road.
WESTSIDE: The Works, an 80-acre overhaul of several warehouses along Chattahoochee Avenue in Westside, now includes a second location of Scofflaw Brewing Co. and a 16,000-square-foot food hall. Both could open as soon as 2020. The Works is being built in phases to eventually feature 500 residences, a 200-key boutique hotel, 13 acres of greenspace, and retail shops
OPEN — MIDTOWN: Lava Lounge, located on 13th Street in Midtown for the last 20 years, is morphing into a three-story tiki bar called Tiki Tango by the end of January. Owner Scott McCray has employed tiki interior designer and artist Frank Simotics — better known as The Tiki Rancher — to assist with the bar’s tropical transformation.
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND: Bantam Pub owners Tim Lance and Richard Baum will open a divey sandwich bar called Motorboat in the former Marco’s Pita space, located between The Bookhouse Pub and The Local on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Motorboat is divided into two distinct spaces: a dive bar on one side and a “casual” sandwich shop specializing in New York, Italian, Jewish, and Middle Eastern deli sandwiches on the other. The “Blade Runner 2049 build-out” includes a rooftop deck overlooking Ponce.
OLD FOURTH WARD: Le Fat and Ton Ton chef Guy Wong plans to open Ruby Chow’s in the Old Fourth Ward some time in 2019. The chef, who closed his pioneering Old Fourth Ward restaurant Miso Izakaya last July. Ruby Chow’s will take over the former Repast space at the Ponce Springs Lofts on Glen Iris Drive, across from Ponce City Market and City Winery.
Keep up-to-date on previously announced restaurants. Here’s the full list of restaurants that opened or announced openings in 2018.
December 2018 Announcements
PONCEY-HIGHLAND: Queen of Cream, the Old Fourth Ward ice cream and coffee shop owned by pastry chef Cora Cotrim, is apparently opening a second location at Plaza on Ponce along Ponce De Leon Avenue next year. And, LA import Jinya Ramen Bar is also planning to open another location in the complex, located at the corner of Ponce De Leon and North Highland Avenues in Poncey-Highland.
SUMMERHILL: Alex and Jennifer Aton, the team behind pizza delivery pop-up Junior’s, will open their first restaurant in Summerhill next spring. Junior’s Pizza will be located at 77 Georgia Avenue and serve New York-style, thin crust pizzas, using ingredients like cup and char pepperoni — a small pepperoni which curls when cooked. The menu for Junior’s includes the pop-up’s most popular pizzas, like the Sicilian pepperoni and spinach and mushroom, as well as a vegan sausage and pepperoni pizza, topped with spinach and basil. Beer and wine are also planned.
OPEN — MARIETTA: After announcing plans to relocate earlier this month, Marietta’s the Red Eyed Mule has found its new location. It seems the restaurant, home to Food Network star Alton Brown’s “Atlanta” burger of choice, may be moving into a former Huddle House on South Marietta Parkway, just west of Kennesaw State University.
BROOKHAVEN: Grindhouse Killer Burgers is opening its eighth location at 2573 Apple Valley Road in Brookhaven at the forthcoming Dresden Pointe development. It will be fashioned after the Decatur location and include a 21 and up rooftop bar. Owner Alex Brounstein, who told Eater Atlanta in April he was considering Brookhaven for the next location, plans to open in the city north of Buckhead in early 2020.
SUMMERHILL: Conspiracy Basement Drink Parlor is opening in Summerhill on Georgia Avenue by early 2020. The conspiracy theory-driven theme bar is owned by Judy Ho and Jake Karmin, both formerly of the shuttered Hand-in-Hand Pub in Virginia-Highland. Karmin, who has been interested in conspiracy theories since childhood, sees the bar’s classic cocktail menu and space occasionally being redone for theme months, like the X-Files or Elvis is alive.
SUMMERHILL: Jarrett Stieber, the chef behind the popular, perennial pop-up Eat Me Speak Me, is opening his first restaurant called Little Bear on Georgia Avenue in Summerhill. Stieber expects to open the 1,300-square-foot, 30-seat restaurant next summer. Little Bear is named for his dog — a very fluffy and friendly Pyrenees mountain dog, whose real name is Fernando and resembles a small bear.
WESTSIDE: Redbird, a new restaurant from former Watershed chef Zeb Stevenson, will open in the old Bacchanalia space at Westside Provisions District (WSPD) on Howell Mill Road this summer. Stevenson is partnering with former Watershed owner Ross Jones. The chef alluded to his new venture with Jones back in April 2018, following the sale of the revered, 20-year-old Atlanta restaurant, owned by Jones and Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers, to chef Matt Marcus. Saliers is not involved with Redbird.
WESTSIDE: North Nashville’s hip-hop-inspired Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria is opening two Atlanta locations in 2019. In addition to 581 Metropolitan Parkway in Adair Park — announced in January — owners Clinton Gray, Derrick Moore, and Emanuel Reed will also open a Slim & Husky’s in the former One Rooster space (née Real Chow Baby) at the corner of Howell Mill Road and 11th Street in Westside. That location should open in late February or early March. Metropolitan Parkway plans to open next summer.