Fall is upon Atlanta again with the arrival of September, which also means new restaurant openings are ramping up as 2022 draws to a close.
This year was fraught with frustrating construction and permitting delays and equipment shortages plaguing the restaurant industry, making opening a restaurant in Atlanta an even more difficult process than in previous years. After pushing opening dates out multiple times over the last several months, some long-awaited restaurants are finally reaching the finish line and plan to debut in just a few short weeks.
Eater is actively tracking the progress of the following seven restaurants with anticipated fall debuts, serving everything from vegan Latin fare and Southern snacks and cocktails to Lebanese chargrilled meat and seafood skewers and menu favorites from two beloved restaurants returning to the dining scene.
Location: English Avenue, 725 Echo Street
Who: STRN Hospitality
Projected opening: Early October
Opening 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, transforming the site into three distinct dining, drinking, and entertainment spaces. Expect a sprawling Southern bar and restaurant seating 150 people between the dining room and patio, a cocktail bar and listening lounge called West Bar offering ping pong, foosball, and tabletop shuffleboard, and a beer garden with a shipping container housing the serving station and draft system.
Location: Reynoldstown, 780 Memorial Drive
Who: Sophia Marchese and Reid Trapani
Projected opening: October
After multiple delays over the last year caused owners Sophia Marchese and Reid Trapani (Happy Seed pop-up) to push its debut out, La Semilla finally opens early this fall at the Modera Reynoldstown complex. Expect a menu here centered on vegan Latin dishes and drinks, including crunch wraps made with seitan beef, summer squash empanadas, and king oyster mushroom carnitas enchiladas.
Location: Alpharetta, 55 Roswell Street
Who: Chef Mel Toledo
Projected opening: October/early November
After closing his Roswell restaurant in 2020, and later announcing its forthcoming relocation, chef Mel Toledo reopens Foundation Social Eatery this fall in downtown Alpharetta. Toledo has big plans for the reimagined Foundation Social Eatery in Alpharetta, including new dishes on the menu and the addition of a market and cafe called Petit FSE selling fresh breads and pastas and serving grab-and-go foods, charcuterie, and coffee.
Location: Midtown, 1201 Peachtree Street, Building 400
Who: Linton and Gina Hopkins
Projected opening: November
Holeman and Finch Public House finally reopens this fall after relocating just up the road to Colony Square in Midtown. And it returns with an expanded menu, too, which includes familiar favorites like its popular double stack cheeseburger alongside some brand new dishes. The Colony Square restaurant also features a much larger bar, dining room, and patio. While keeping their plans for Holeman and Finch 2.0 pretty hush hush, owners Linton and Gina Hopkins are providing a bit of a menu preview right now on the restaurant’s Instagram.
Location: Buckhead, 3699 Lenox Road
Who: Ryan and Jonathan Akly and chef Ian Winslade
Projected opening: November
Named for the Akly’s grandmother, and with food taking inspiration from the family’s roots in Lebanon, the menu for Zakia includes traditional and original takes on dishes from the country and regions throughout the Middle East. Look for a variety of mezze, along with chargrilled meats and seafood skewers and fresh baked breads on the menu at Zakia.
Location: Midtown, 208 12th Street
Who: Jordan Chambers
Projected opening: November/December
This petite wine and coffee bar comes from former Steady Hand Pour House coffee shop co-owner Jordan Chambers. For Larakin, Chambers merges his passions for coffee and wine and fulfilling a dream to open a relaxed neighborhood spot where most of the seating is outdoors. Located on the ground floor of a short-term rental hotel on 12th Street near Piedmont Park, expect coffee and espresso drinks and natural wine served by the bottle and glass. A tight menu of breakfast dishes and local baked goods are expected in the morning, followed by tinned fish and cured meats later in the day when Larakin transitions from coffee shop to wine bar.
Location: The Interlock, Howell Mill Road
Who: Chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips
Projected opening: December
Despite some setbacks, chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips (Lazy Betty, Juniper Cafe) still hope to open their next restaurant together at the Interlock by the end of this year. The menu for Humble Pie focuses on whole wheat and sourdough wood-fired pizzas and a variety of pot pies and dessert pies. Expect pizzas like broccoli and cheddar and loaded baked potato on the menu paired with cocktails, beer, and natural and biodynamic wines.