Former One Flew South chef Duane Nutter returns to Atlanta with a new restaurant opening next summer in the Summerhill neighborhood. The yet-named Southern restaurant from Nutter and partner Reginald “Reggie” Washington will reside across the street from Little Bear on Georgia Avenue. Nutter and Washington also own Southern National restaurant in Mobile, Alabama.
“The way we see it, this is a community coming full-circle. From a neighborhood settled by freed slaves in the 1800s to one that showcases successful, black entrepreneurs today,” Washington says of opening the restaurant in Summerhill. “We’re committed to doing our part, by investing in the community and providing leadership towards a future of shared equity and prosperity.”
Washington says he plans to become a resident of Summerhill.
Nutter left One Flew South in 2016 to prepare for the opening of the now award-winning Southern National with Washington. The pair tapped lauded Atlanta bartenders Greg Best and Paul Calvert (Ticonderoga Club) to create the beverages for Southern National. It’s unclear if Best and Calvert are involved with the new Summerhill restaurant. Best, along with Ticonderoga Club partner Bart Sasso and chef William Silbernagel (The Bookhouse Pub, Argosy) and Atlanta architect Luke Wilkinson, plan to open sandwich counter How Crispy Express on Georgia Avenue early next year. [Official]
Le Petit Marche reopens in Kirkwood under new ownership
Osiris Ballard and chef Anthony Sanders, the pair behind Atlanta Breakfast Club and ABC Chicken and Waffles, reopened popular Kirkwood all-day breakfast and brunch spot Le Petit Marche over the weekend. Former owner Marchet Sparks transferred ownership of the restaurant to Ballard and Sanders in April. The partners promised to pick up where Sparks left off, taking over operations of the restaurant and retaining much of the menu along with Sparks as “brand ambassador.” Le Petit Marche is currently open Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [IG]
The owners of Decatur’s Calle Latina open Santo Cantina in Avondale Estates in December
The owners of Calle Latina in Decatur plan to open Santo Cantina and Cocina next month in the former Good Karma coffee shop space on North Avondale Road in Avondale Estates. Expect dishes like cochinita pibil, chicken mole, and chicken tinga on the menu. [FB]
Rooftop restaurant joins the dining options in the heart of downtown Alpharetta
Up on the Roof, a Greenville-based restaurant and bar, is now open atop Liberty Hall in downtown Alpharetta. Overlooking city hall, Up on the Roof features indoor-outdoor seating with fireplaces throughout and panoramic views of the surrounding area, including of Kennesaw Mountain to the west. The menu here leans toward Southern comfort foods, like deviled eggs, grouper and grits, drunken mussels, rabbit tacos, and beer-brined frog legs called swamp wings. Open daily at 4 p.m., with lunch and weekend brunch expected in the coming weeks. [Official]
Refuge Coffee opens its Midtown location at the Woodruff Arts Center
The owners of Clarkston-based coffee shop Refuge Coffee Co. just opened their third Atlanta-area location in Midtown at the Woodruff Arts Center. Refuge resides just outside the Memorial Arts building on the 1280 Peachtree campus with entry off of Peachtree Street. Owners Kitti Murray and Bill Murray help provide job training and job opportunities for Atlanta’s refugee communities through Rufuge Coffee Co., first at the Clarkston shop, then at the Sweet Auburn neighborhood location. They plan to do the same in Midtown. [IG]
Soul food stall Deliah’s brings its Oprah-approved mac and cheese to Chattahoochee Food Works
Voted best mac and cheese by Oprah Winfrey, Philadelphia chef and cookbook author Delilah Winder opened her eponymous soul food stall at Chattahoochee Food Works earlier this month. The stall resides across from Hippie Hibachi in the food hall. In addition to its Oprah-approved mac and cheese, Delilah’s Everyday Soul also serves fried chicken, Southern food staples, like fried green tomatoes, and strawberry lemonade. [Official]
Over-the-top milkshakes and cheesecakes now offered at Underground Atlanta
Cheesecaked, a bakery-cafe owned by Shawn Brown serving personal-sized cheesecakes, paninis, and wild milkshake concoctions, is now open at Underground Atlanta downtown. Cheesecaked joins six other local businesses set up in old store fronts and at carts along Lower Alabama Street, across from the Banksy exhibition. Look for food from young Atlanta entrepreneur Kroy Richardson’s Kroy Korn Gourmet Popcorn, pop-up Dolo’s Pizza, the Diamond Rule Coffee barista cart, charcuterie and snack board company the Bougie Grazer, and Boomers BBQ. All of the pop-up businesses have been gifted four months of free rent at Underground Atlanta through January 5, 2022. [Official]