Buckhead: A second location of Midtown restaurant 5Church Atlanta opens this fall on Peachtree Road in Buckhead, taking over the former Sage Woodfire Grill space near Lenox Square Mall. In addition to the large dining room and bar, the Buckhead restaurant will also feature a glass-enclosed sunroom and a chefs table.
Owner Ayman Kamel says since opening 5Church five years ago in Midtown, people have asked him to open another location in Buckhead. Some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes will be included on the Buckhead menu, along with a few new dishes from executive chef Mark Alba and sous chef Angelina Espinoza and pastry chef Ahisha Day. [Official]
Buckhead: After closing during the height of the pandemic last year and then going radio silent for months, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse reopens this fall at Phipps Plaza. The 9,000-square-foot, 300-seat restaurant is currently undergoing a full renovation, which will include a new outdoor patio and an upgrade to the bar. Once open, Davio’s will offer lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, serving its menu of handmade pasta dishes, seafood, and prime steaks. [Official]
Decatur: A third location of popular East Atlanta coffee shop Hodgepodge Coffeehouse is now open on East College Avenue at the Cortland Decatur East complex. The coffee shop is currently open daily, but will close July 3 and July 4 in preparation for a grand opening planned for Monday, July 5.
Krystle Rodriguez first opened Hodgepodge Coffeehouse nearly a decade ago in East Atlanta. A second, smaller outpost opened in spring 2019 down the road on Moreland Avenue in Reynoldstown, with another location eventually slated to open in the Summerhill neighborhood along Hank Aaron Drive.
Midtown: IPIC Theaters Italian restaurant Serena Pastifcio opens at Colony Square Tuesday, July 13. Located next door to the new dine-in movie theater at the complex, the menu for Serena Pastificio centers around handmade pasta dishes, like fettuccine alla bolognese with beef, pork and pancetta bolognese sauce and mezzelune di argosta stuffed with lobster, ricotta, and mozzarella, and veal milanese. The beverage menu features cocktails and a “globally sourced” wine list.
Serena Pastificio seats 230 people inside, with additional seating for 36 people on its patio and another 36 seats in the restaurant’s private dining room. The restaurant will open for dinner daily at 4 p.m. and offer a weekday happy hour and brunch on the weekends, starting at 11 a.m. [Official]
Multiple Atlanta Locations: CRU Hemp Lounge, owned by Atlanta-based restaurateur Dennis McKinley (the Original Hot Dog Factory), will open in multiple locations around Atlanta this summer, including in Union City, Douglasville, Marietta, Morrow, and Alpharetta. Two additional locations on Old National Highway and Decatur are also in the works, according to a press release.
Cru Hemp Lounge is known for hookah and cocktails, some with a CBD component added to the mix, paired with food like wings, burgers, crab mac and cheese, and lollipop lamb chops. The lounge currently has four Atlanta locations in Castleberry Hill, Lilburn, Midtown, and on Edgewood Avenue. [Official]