Horseradish Grill owner Steve Alterman sold his classic Southern restaurant on the edge of Chastain Park in Buckhead after 25 years to ASH Ventures, which includes Atlas chef Christopher Grossman and its general manager, Geno Dew.
It’s “business as usual” at Horseradish Grill until Grossman and Dew take full control later this year, according to the press release. However, changes to the restaurant are expected, as the investment company and Grossman and Dew hope to “modernize” Horseradish Grill — now considered an Atlanta classic. A restaurant representative would not comment further on whether this update affects the menu, interiors, or both, only that “future plans” for Horseradish Grill will be revealed later.
For now, Grossman and Dew will continue working at Atlas and plan to “commit to Horseradish full time” later in the year. Alterman retains control through the end of 2019 and still maintains a role in the restaurant as an investor.
“My heart and soul have gone into Horseradish Grill, and it has been a privilege to serve this neighborhood for almost three decades,” Alterman says in the release.
Alterman opened Horseradish Grill in 1994 with renowned Southern chef Scott Peacock at the helm. Peacock went on to open the critically-acclaimed Watershed in Decatur before the restaurant moved to its present location on Peachtree Road in the Brookwood Hills neighborhood in Buckhead. The 20-year-old restaurant, along with its name, was sold in April 2018 to chef Matt Marcus.
Before joining Atlas at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, Grossman was the chef de cuisine under Gerry Klaskala at Aria in Buckhead and worked for chef Thomas Keller at the French Laundry in Napa Valley, California. Dew’s previous restaurants include STK and Enoteca Carbonari (now Baraonda Ristorante & Bar) in midtown Atlanta and Spice Market by Jean Georges in New York City.
Eater Atlanta reached out to Alterman and to ASH Ventures for more details on the plans going forward for Horseradish Grill. Check back for updates to this story.