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4 Atlanta Restaurant Openings and Coming Attractions to Know

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A new seafood restaurant opens in Sandy Springs, Japanese fried chicken heads to downtown Decatur, and two other openings to know

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

Now open

Big B’s Fish Joint

Southern seafood restaurant Big B’s Fish Joint, owned by Flip Burger co-founder Barry Mills, is now open at the Gateway Shopping Center on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The restaurant resides in the former Verde Taqueria space in the same complex as Tupelo Honey and forthcoming brunch restaurant Snooze an A.M. Eatery. The press release bills Big B’s as a “fresh-casual counter-service restaurant” where people walk up to a display case filled with daily seafood selections to order various fish dishes in sandwich, taco, plate, or salad form. Each comes with one to two sides. A full bar includes “beach” and slushy cocktails, beer, and wine. Take a look at the menu. Open daily at 11 a.m. [Official]

Coming attractions

Ponko Chicken

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, according to Steve Josovitz of real estate brokerage the Shumacher Group. 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. Birmingham-based Steel City Pops vacated the property earlier this month. The popsicle company caused a bit of a kerfuffle after documents obtained by Decaturish in May supposedly showed Decatur officials favoring Steel City over Atlanta’s King of Pops as a vendor on the downtown square. Steel City has apparently pulled up stakes in the Atlanta market. [Shumacher Group]

Apt. 4B

It seems 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, according to Steve Josovitz of the Shumacher Group. Little is known about what owners Sim Walker and Glenn Wilson have planned in terms of food for Apt. 4B or when the restaurant opens. Eater Atlanta reached out to Walker and Wilson for more details. 1 Kept closed in September after owner Thaddeus Keefe relocated out of state for a position with a hotel group. [Shumacher Group]

Dine and Design

Dine and Design opens in January at the Beacon complex in Grant Park, What Now Atlanta reports. 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. Dine and Design is located near Civil Axe Throwing and Bailey Wine Cellar at the complex. [WNA]

1 Kept

2293 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 254-1973 Visit Website

King Of Pops

337 Elizabeth St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (678) 732-9321 Visit Website

Ms. Iceys Kitchen & Bar

1371 Clairmont Road, , GA 30033 (404) 963-7871 Visit Website