Saito Sushi, Steak, and Cocktails opens downtown
Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza owners Stephen de Haan and Greg Grant, along with master sushi chef Saito Saito opened their long-awaited restaurant Saito Sushi, Steak, and Cocktails last week. The 2,200-square-foot restaurant resides in the lobby of the century-old Regenstein’s department store building on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Saito Sushi includes an outdoor terrace with removable glass walls and features a menu of sushi using fish flown in daily from Japan as well as omakase options and steaks. The bar serves cocktails with Japanese ingredients such as yuzu and shiso. Some cocktails incorporate rare Japanese whiskeys and sakes served over “double reverse osmosis ice” pressed into a sphere using a Taisin ice mold. Take a look at the menu here. Reservations and masks highly encouraged.
Burrito pop-up Poco Loco is now open in Kirkwood
After nearly a year of selling hundreds of handmade Tex-Mex breakfast burritos on Saturday mornings from his Lake Claire neighborhood driveway, chef Nick Melvin officially opened Poco Loco as a takeout restaurant and market inside the former Dish Dive space on College Avenue.
Currently open for preorder pickups and walk-ins on Fridays and Saturdays, Melvin sells fresh and frozen burritos as well as batched salsas, fresh tortillas, prepared soups, cookies and cookie dough, coffee, and agua frescas. Seating is available at picnic tables outside. Once up and running, Melvin also plans to offer his burritos from a food cart in the parking lot at Farm Burger in Virginia-Highland. If all goes well, he could expand the burrito stand to other Farm Burger locations in Atlanta. Masks required.
Korean barbecue restaurant Iron Age opens at Halcyon in Alpharetta
A location of Duluth-based Iron Age Korean Steakhouse is now open at Halcyon in southern Forsyth County. Located near Popbar at the complex, Iron Age features 26 tabletop grills separated by protective barriers. The restaurant also includes locations in Sandy Springs, Kennesaw, and Toco Hills. [Official]
Curry Up Now opens in Alpharetta
Curry Up Now opened its third metro Atlanta location at Alpharetta City Center. The San Francisco-based Indian restaurant chain serves biryani and thali platters and takes on tikka masala, chicken naan, and a variation on poutine called “sexy fries” made with sweet potatoes topped with cheese and a choice of protein. Curry Up Now also includes locations in Reynoldstown and North Decatur. [Official]
In other news...
The Wylie Hotel and its Southern restaurant Mrs. P’s Bar and Kitchen should open this month on Ponce de Leon Avenue on the edge of the Old Fourth Ward. Scottish-born chef Ewart Wardhaugh will lead the kitchen at Mrs. P’s. Wardhaugh also serves as the executive chef of culinary-themed hotel Epicurean Atlanta opening in the heart of Midtown. In addition to indoor seating, Mrs. P’s features a sunroom and seating on its terrace. [Official]
Fairway Social, a golf-themed restaurant and entertainment venue, opens May 14 at the Maxwell on the corner of South Main Street and Devore Road in Alpharetta. Fairway Social features seven golf and sports simulators, an outdoor putting green, a dining room, and a rooftop patio and bar. [Official]
East Atlanta Village restaurant Banshee reopens its dining room for dinner service beginning Tuesday, May 11. All patrons are required to wear masks when not seated at a table. Seating is also available on the covered patio. [Official]