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Sports Bar Serving Game Meat Set to Debut Soon in the Old Fourth Ward

“Sportsman club” Big Game opens in January at Anthem on Ashley. Plus, a restaurant and hookah lounge is opening near the Fox Theatre and a new pizzeria opens in Kennesaw

Sports bar Big Game serving game meats is opening soon on Ralph McGill.
Sports bar Big Game serving game meats is opening soon on Ralph McGill.
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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

After nearly four years of delays, some caused by interruptions due to the ongoing pandemic, Bantam Pub owner Tim Lance will finally open “sportsman club” Big Game at Anthem on Ashley this month. Lance has yet to announce an exact opening date.

Located on Ralph McGill, the neighborhood bar meets hunting lodge vibe here means Big Game will include plenty of sports on the televisions and serve a menu offering a variety of “sustainable herd” and game meats, like “trophy fish”, bison, and elk, according to previous reporting. Located on Ralph McGill Boulevard, Big Game also faces Fourth Ward Park along the Beltline.

Lance, who owned Cabbage Pie in Cabbagetown on Carroll Street, now home to JenChan’s, first opened Bantam Pub in 2013 on Ralph McGill. Lance and business partner Richard Baum were opening a divey sandwich bar called Motorboat in the former Marco’s Pita space, located between The Bookhouse Pub and The Local on Ponce de Leon Avenue. It’s unclear if that restaurant is still in the works. Eater reached out for more details. [IG]

Victory Restaurant and Lounge taking over former Baraonda in Midtown

Miami-based nightclub and restaurant Victory Restaurant and Lounge takes over the former Baraonda Ristorante space on Peachtree Street in Midtown later this year, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Victory, which includes locations in Miami and Washington, D.C., serves food like shrimp and lobster Alfredo pasta, lobster fried rice, and “crab fries” with Old Bay aioli and offers hookah. Baraonda owners Costanzo Astarita and Mario Maccarrone plan to reopen their restaurant this spring at Adley City Springs apartment complex on Roswell Road. [ABC/EATL]

Italian restaurant Vesuvio opens in Kennesaw

On January 6, pizzeria and Italian restaurant Vesuvio, owned by former Sotto Sotto and Fritti executive chef Massimo Andreozzi, opens in the former Colombian Bites space on North Main Street, the AJC reports. Andreozzi, who hails from Naples, Italy, serves wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, salads, and paninis on the menu at Vesuvio. Indoor and outdoor seating is available as well as takeout. Delivery is forthcoming. [AJC]

Hop City Craft Beer and Wine launches online ordering and delivery in Fayetteville

People living in Fayetteville can now order beer and wine online for local delivery from Hop City. Like the in-town Atlanta locations, same-day delivery is available via Zifty for people living within five miles of the Town at Trillith location for a small fee. [Official]

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