Buena Vida Tapas and Sol, owned by Adam Berlin and Juan Calle (Big Sky Buckhead), should open along the Eastside Beltline by mid-November, a representative tells Eater Atlanta.
Located in the North and Line complex across from Historic Fourth Ward Park, the restaurant and wine bar plan to bring the breezy resort vibes of southern Spain to the bustling Beltline trail. This includes incorporating live plants into the design and taking advantage of the restaurant’s two-story windows to highlight custom murals by Spanish artists Boa Mistura.
The group’s work has been exhibited at museums and public installations around the world, with pieces commissioned by OxFam, Greenpeace, and the Red Cross.
Executive chef Landon Thompson is no stranger to Spanish tapas and cuisine, having worked for the Castellucci Hospitality Group at both Cooks & Soldiers and Iberian Pig. Thompson takes over for the previously announced chef, Juan Hormiga, in the kitchen.
In addition to meaty dishes like braised pork belly over sweet potato puree and sunchoke chips, Thompson says nearly half the menu features vegan and vegetarian tapas. There’s the confit mushroom trio croquetas fried in panko breadcrumbs served over celeriac puree and a Canary Island potato dish called “wrinkly potatoes” on the menu.
“Tri-colored local marble potatoes will be boiled until creamy and tender with heavily salted water to imitate the sea water traditionally used on the islands,” Thompson says. “This will impart them with a terrific flavor while also giving them their ubiquitous wrinkly and salt-crusted appearance.”
The potatoes are then served with mojo picon (flavored with garlic and chiles) and mojo verde (cilantro, parsley, and sherry vinegar) sauces.
Calle, who hails from Colombia, commissioned custom plates for Buena Vida by Fray Angelico Ceramicas, a ceramics shop near his family’s small farm in Cota. The shop’s plates can be found at restaurants throughout the country, including at world-renowned Bogota clubstaurant Andres Carne de Res.
As for wine, Berlin is bringing in a variety of Spanish, biodynamic, and natural wines and sprinkling the list with a few dusty French and Italian classics. Cocktails, too, lean decidedly Spanish.
“Our patio favorite, the Spanish gin and tonic, served in a balloon glass with spices and citrus, will feature the Spanish Nordes gin, sold here for the first time in a restaurant,” Berlin tells Eater.
The patio, which overlooks Historic Fourth Ward Park, seats close to 50 people and opens into a bar and lounge inside.
Open daily for dinner and for weekend lunch.
385 North Angiers Avenue, Atlanta. buenavidatapas.com.