Indoor-outdoor bar and entertainment venue Westside Motor Lounge is officially open at Echo Street West, a development rising along the Westside Beltline Connector trail on the edge of the English Avenue neighborhood.
Located on the corner of Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, Westside Motor Lounge takes over two former automotive shops, four shipping containers, and a 1982 Mercedes Wagon on the property, transforming the site into three distinct dining, drinking, and entertainment spaces.
The restaurant and bar serves a menu of Southern dishes and snacks, including mac and cheese mixed with bechamel sauce and a four-cheese blend topped with a jalapeno cornbread crust, a grilled pimento and bacon sandwich, and meat-and-three plates, along with dishes like biscuits and gravy for weekend brunch. West Bar, a cocktail lounge and listening room on the western side of the property, features a game room. A beer garden completes the entertainment complex and includes a serving station with a draft system fashioned out of a shipping container. Leashed dogs are allowed on the patios and in the courtyard. [FB/IG/EATL]
Brown Bag Seafood Company opens in Dunwoody
Brown Bag Seafood Company is now open at the Ashford Lane mixed-used development in Perimeter Center, marking the third location of the Chicago-based sustainable seafood restaurant in the Atlanta area. Two in-town locations are already open at Colony Square in Midtown and Westside Provisions District on Howell Mill Road. Brown Bag Seafood joins a location of Sweetgreen at the complex. A location of Ford Fry’s Superica and food hall the Hall should open in the coming months. [Official]
The food truck at Buteco is now serving nothing but street tacos
The food truck parked outside of Grant Park Brazilian cafe and coffee shop Buteco is now slinging street tacos from chef Timothy Rufino (Juniper Cafe, Lazy Betty). Called Butaco, Buteco owner Rafael Pereira says in a press release that the menu transition better “reflects the diversity of Atlanta” after it became apparent to him the “familiarity” of street tacos would be “more attractive than an introduction to the Brazilian fare” previously served on the menu. Pereira says they plan to offer Buteco’s popular feijoada (bean, beef, and pork stew) on occasion and are still serving cocktails like the caipirinha at the bar. Look for tacos like al pastor, carne asada, and chorizo on the Butaco menu. [Official]
The Bite of Korea (BOK) debuts at Hugh Howell Marketplace in Tucker
Korean street food restaurant the Bite of Korea (BOK), owned by Gavin Lee and Chloe Jung, opened at the Hugh Howell Marketplace last week, joining pizzeria Antico at the complex. Like the pop-up, BOK serves a similar menu that includes its popular bulgogi quesadillas, soy garlic Korean fried chicken, so-dduk skewers, and japchae noodles. [IG]
Hippin Hops Brewery brings its beers and bites to Stone Mountain
A third location of the Black-owned brewery opens in Stone Mountain Friday, October 14, ahead of Blacktoberfest on October 15. Part of the grand opening celebration this weekend, Blacktoberfest is dedicated to Black brewing culture in America. Expect food, beer, a bottle share, and other events throughout the day, along with a new West Coast-style hefeweizen on draft in honor of Oktoberfest. Located on Memorial Drive, the Stone Mountain location will serve Hippin Hops’ core beers as well as dishes from both the East Lake and East Atlanta Village breweries and a few new soul food dishes. [IG]
Sichuan restaurant Urban Hai is now open in Midtown
Urban Hai, owned by Gary Lin, is now open in the former BurgerFi space on 12th Street, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. The restaurant includes a full bar and specializes in Peking duck and other roast duck dishes, along with dim sum and mapo tofu. [ToNT]