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. As for the Alpharetta restaurant, Harwell plans to really lean into his Southern roots. Carson’s crispy chicken skins, bacon jam with baked brie, and that butter burger with boursin should make the menu.
“The menu celebrates where I come from. My love of Georgia and the South in general,” Harwell says in a prepared statement. “The flavors are very bold: nothing is frou-frou, nothing falls in the middle.”
The exterior replicates the old Milton County courthouse, built in 1859 along Main Street in downtown Alpharetta. Carson Kitchen includes 120 seats inside, with additional seating on the patio between the restaurant and the Mercantile Building.
Rumors circulated last year that Eleven was eyeing property in north Atlanta.
“Alpharetta is such a hot bed of activity right now. This is an amazing opportunity to be in front of a large diverse audience,” says Harwell. “I’m really looking forward to becoming a part of the community and being a part of the success of Alpharetta City Center.”
The late chef Kerry Simon and Harwell opened Carson Kitchen in 2014. Simon died in 2015 at the age of 60 following a two-year battle with multiple system atrophy (MSA), a rare form of Parkinson’s disease.