Despite the ongoing health crisis and permitting delays caused by pandemic shutdowns, new restaurants and bars continue to open across Atlanta. Here’s a look at what to expect from the latest new restaurants and bars opening this week.
The long-awaited Grant Park restaurant Woodward and Park finally opens this Friday, September 11, across from Full Commission at the Larkin on Memorial and with a new chef on board. Chef Dan Brown (Torched Hop Brewing Company, 5Church) is taking over for Robert Phalen, who stepped away from Woodward and Park to focus on his Inman Park restaurant, One Eared Stag. As for the menu at the neighborhood bistro, expect a mix of dishes ranging from tempura avocado, pierogis, and okonomiyaki, to entrees such as steak frites, smoked chicken, and a Korean pork Philly sandwich. The bar offers wine, beer, and cocktails. Woodward and Park is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Larkin for dine-in and patio service and takeout.
Vesper Bar opened earlier this week next door to Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow in Glenwood Park, the AJC reports. The James Bond-inspired cocktail bar, owned by former Polaris Lounge bartenders Damien McGee and Jon Tilley, promises Bond-inspired cocktails paired with a vibe that captures the “essence of an era when people went out and cocktailed.” The cocktail menu references several well-known James Bond films and characters, like the “Casino Royale” character Vesper Lynd made with gin, vodka, and Lillet blanc or the “Man with the Golden Gun” ode Golden Negroni comprising of gin, Lillet blanc, Licor 43, and Cocchi Americano. Among the original and classic cocktails on the menu, Vesper Bar also offers a selection of zero-proof drinks, along with beer and wine. As for food, expect bites such as a lobster quesadilla, smoked trout deviled eggs, cheese plates, and a waffle monte cristo sandwich made with Iberian ham. Capacity is currently limited to 36 people inside, with an additional 10 to 15 seats outside. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. Masks required.