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Chicago-Based Brown Bag Seafood Company Opens Thursday at Colony Square in Midtown

The counter-serve spot offers sustainable seafood on its menu served as salads, tacos, sandwiches, and grain bowls

A white tin dish with a buttery bun filled with chopped lobster meat, a lemon wedge, and tater tots ©
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Chicago restaurateur Donna Lee opens a location of her popular restaurant Brown Bag Seafood Company this Thursday at Colony Square in Midtown. The counter-serve spot, next to sushi restaurant Sukoshi at the complex, offers sustainable seafood on its menu served as salads, tacos, sandwiches, and grain bowls.

Lee works with as many local seafood distributors as possible for the restaurant’s “sustainably sourced seafood” menu, which has been approved by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

Customers order at the counter, marking their fish or protein of choice, how they want it served (bowl, taco, sandwich,) and a choice of sides with dry erase markers on reusable menus. Brown Bag Seafood also offers soups and larger entrees, like a lobster roll, fish and chips, and a seafood dinner plate, along with vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free dishes.

During the health crisis, patrons are required to wear masks, and seating is limited inside and on the 38-seat patio. Takeout and delivery are also available.

Chicago restaurateur Donna Lee standing at the counter of one of her Brown Bag Seafood restaurants
Donna Lee
Brown Bag Seafood

Lee founded Brown Bag Seafood Company in 2014. There are now eight locations throughout Chicago. Atlanta marks the first location of Brown Bag Seafood Company outside of the Chicago area. According to the press release, Lee spent much of September prepping the Atlanta restaurant for its October 1 debut at Colony Square. She plans to remain actively involved at the Atlanta restaurant for the next several months.

The 50-year-old Colony Square complex is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar redevelopment, which includes a new 20,000-square-foot food hall called Politan Row. Once complete, Politan Row will feature 11 restaurant stalls, two bars, and 22,000 square feet of open-air spaces and outdoor seating.

Brown Bag Seafood and Politan Row join several previously opened and announced full-service restaurants at Colony Square. Establishment overlooks the Grove at the complex and will eventually offer access to the food hall. The relocated Holeman and Finch Public House and a third location of Persian restaurant Rumi’s Kitchen both open next spring.

Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Order online for takeout and delivery.

1201 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.

Colony Square

1197 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30361 (404) 965-9091 Visit Website

Holeman and Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Road Northwest, , GA 30309 (404) 948-1175 Visit Website


1197 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30305 (404) 347-5291 Visit Website