Taking over the former JCT Kitchen, Little Sparrow is described as a neighborhood restaurant serving classic bistro fare styled after old taverns and cafes found throughout Brooklyn and Europe. Upstairs in the former JCT Bar space, Bar Blanc will be first-come, first-served for cocktails and dishes like steak frites.
Both Little Sparrow and Bar Blanc are expected to open this fall.
Fry tapped Atlanta design firm Smith Hanes Studio to create what he’s calling a “classic brasserie aesthetic” for Little Sparrow, which was the nickname given to the diminutive French singer Edith Piaf. She was also the lover of 1940s boxer Marcel Cerdan. Fry named his neighboring steakhouse Marcel for the French boxer. In keeping with Fry’s vision to make Little Sparrow an everyday neighborhood spot, Smith Hanes Studio is going for a casual and “timeless” yet “luxurious” feel in its design for the restaurant.
As for Bar Blanc, design firm founder Smith Hanes envisions the space as the imagined hangout for 1930s cocktail illuminati like Harry Craddock, a famous English bartender who worked at the Savoy Hotel in London and wrote one of the early cocktail tomes “The Savoy Cocktail Book”.
“You come here to see, and to be seen. You come for the kind of drink that’s the envy of every other bar in town,” Hanes says in a press release. “You come for a quality of food so high and a chef so confident that the menu is less than a half-page long.”
That bite-sized menu will feature steak frites, burgers, and other French-leaning cafe food paired with classic cocktails served from an early 20th century bar reclaimed from Belgium.
JCT Kitchen and Bar opened in 2007 at Westside Provisions District and became known for its Sunday suppers, fried chicken dinners, and bowls of angry mussels. The bar on the second floor was a popular happy hour and late-night cocktail spot with a patio overlooking the railroad tracks dividing the complex.
In December 2021, Fry announced the closure of JCT Kitchen and Bar after nearly 15 years at Westside Provisions District, stating that it was “always a neighborhood restaurant and what is coming will also act in that same vein, but it will be in a fresh new way.”
Later this year, Fry plans to open a fifth Atlanta location of his Tex-Mex restaurant Superica, which takes over the former Public School 404 space on Howell Mill Road next door to his seafood restaurant and oyster bar the Optimist.