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Former Owner of Red Pepper Taqueria Is Opening a Restaurant in the Watershed Space

Opening in November, the menu for Botica centers around street-style tacos and the flavors of Mexico and Spain.

Watershed on Peachtree Watershed

Chef Mimmo Alboumeh, the former owner of Red Pepper Taqueria, opens a new restaurant in the Watershed space on Peachtree Road in Brookwood Hills later this fall. Southern restaurant institution Watershed, which relocated to Brookwood Hills from Decatur in 2011, closed after a 21-year run on the Atlanta dining scene last December.

Alboumeh, who left Red Pepper Taqueria in May and is no longer associated with the restaurant, expects to open Botica in November and serve a menu centering around street-style tacos and the flavors of Mexico and Spain.

The chef plans to meld some of the more savory dishes he created for the menu at Red Pepper Taqueria with flavors and ingredients in dishes reminiscent of those he grew up eating while living in Lebanon, Italy, and Spain. A representative tells Eater the menu, which is still in the works, should feature house-smoked meats, from-scratch dressings, salsas, and sauces, and a “next-level brunch” on the weekends with bottomless mimosas.

The pandemic caused Alboumeh to rethink seating arrangements in the restaurant’s 180-seat dining room and on its street-side patio. A greater emphasis is being placed on outdoor dining and allowing fresh air to continually circulate throughout the restaurant. Nano doors are being installed and will open to the outside from the dining room and bar, and a canopy will eventually cover the 100-seat patio along Peachtree.

D.F. Mexico City street-style tacos topped with cheese, onions, cilantro, grilled chicken, beans, on corn tortillas
D.F. street-style tacos
A metal forn sits next to memelas, fried masa cakes topped with salsa, beans, and Oaxacan cheese and slice of avocado and sprigs of cilantro
Memelas, fried masa cakes topped with salsa, beans, and Oaxacan cheese
Botica [Official]

Alboumeh began his career in Mexican restaurants over 20 years ago, opening Red Pepper Taqueria in Buckhead in 2011, followed by a Decatur location a year later. A third Red Pepper Taqueria opened in Brookhaven two years ago, taking over Jefe’s Tacos & Taqueria in Town Brookhaven.

In the early days of the pandemic, Alboumeh shut down the restaurants and delivered meals to Lost-N-Found Youth, an Atlanta shelter for young people in the LGBTQ community. All three restaurants have since reopened under new management for dine-in service and offer takeout and delivery via UberEats.

Update, September 23, 5:10 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect that Mimmo Alboumeh is no longer a part of Red Pepper Taqueria.

Watershed

1820 Peachtree Road, , GA 30309 (404) 809-3561 Visit Website

Red Pepper Taqueria

3135 Piedmont Road Northeast, , GA 30305 (404) 869-2773 Visit Website

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