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A Neighborhood Bistro Aims to Support Atlanta Nonprofits When it Opens on Highland Avenue

Isaac White and Anthony Singleton open Highland Bistro in the former Chef’d Up space at the corner of Highland Avenue and Sampson Street early next year

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

Isaac White and Anthony Singleton open Highland Bistro at the corner of Highland Avenue and Sampson Street in the Old Fourth Ward early next year. The somewhat troubled space has been home to a number of restaurants over the past six years, including P’cheen, Last Word, Cast Iron, the Barrelhouse, and most recently Chef’d Up.

At 50 seats, Highland Bistro will open for dine-in service and offer takeout and delivery. The menu features vegan dishes like broccoli nuggets, a portobello Philly, and an Impossible burger as well as hot dogs, wings, and chicken and waffles. Look for frozen cocktails at the bar.

Highland Bistro plans to offer lunch and dinner to start, followed by breakfast and weekend brunch later in the year. Expect seating capacity in the dining room to be reduced during the pandemic. Patrons will also be required to wear masks when not seated at a table.

White and Singleton want to become part of the neighborhood, which includes hosting nonprofit events, live music, and weekly trivia nights at Highland Bistro. Another initiative they hope to kick off involves offering breakfast dishes on the menu benefiting area nonprofits. Logistics regarding just how this breakfast program works are still in development, but a representative for Highland Bistro says the partners have already contacted a “concrete list of organizations” to participate. White and Singleton both say their passion and focus lies in supporting the youth of Atlanta.

“Our goal is to be imbedded in the community. Anthony and I have worked on several businesses together, we share the same passions such as the solid love for our city, the time we spend lending ourselves to various youth groups in Atlanta, such as my current position at the YMCA,” White says in the press release.

Bryant “Chef Baul” Williams, who once served as a private chef for Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos, opened soul food restaurant Chef’d Up last summer in the Highland Walk Apartments space. The restaurant closed earlier this year amid a pandemic-related rental dispute with Perennial Properties, the owner of Highland Walk Apartments.

701 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta.