After closing his restaurants 10th and Piedmont and G’s Midtown in early January to make “improvements” to the kitchens and dining rooms, owner Gilbert Yeremian is set to replace both in the coming weeks with a new restaurant serving Mexican fare.
Located at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, just beyond Midtown’s famed rainbow crosswalk, Casa Almenara: Tulum Cuisine and Craft Bar takes over the spaces formerly home to 10th and Piedmont and G’s Midtown. Yeremian, who says it’s time to “introduce a new chapter of our restaurant history” into the two spaces, describes Casa Almenara as a “neighborhood destination” for Latin American dishes, centering on foods found in Tulum and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Almenara means “beacon” in Spanish.
Like the food, the design for Casa Almenara will lean into the lush coastal vibes of Tulum, with breezy neutral tones, reclaimed wood, and green plants throughout the dining room and bar. Look for brunch served in the morning and early afternoon, followed by dinner and cocktails in the evening. Yeremian also plans to host a live entertainment series called Tulum Nights during dinner at Casa Alemenara.
Casa Almenara joins longtime Mexican restaurant staple, Zocalo, which opened in the heart of the 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue dining district in 1995 and is a popular spot for strong margaritas on the patio.
Yeremian’s brother Sean is the owner of multiple Atlanta locations of Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern and Cattle Shed Wine and Steak Bar at Halcyon in Alpharetta.
Earlier this week, Eater reported on another longtime Midtown restaurant closing. The Lawrence closes Monday, January 30, after nearly 11 years on Juniper Street, co-owner Darren Carr confirmed. However, Carr and his business partner Eric Simpkins plan to replace it with a new restaurant later this year.
“Neighborhoods change. The restaurant just needs a new breath of life,” Carr says. “Midtown is such a different neighborhood now from what it was when the Lawrence opened over a decade ago.”
While he and Simpkins have yet to come to a decision on a specific concept for their new Juniper Street restaurant, Carr says it will center on the neighborhood and local residents with creative food and cocktails. The pair will also open cocktail bar the Waiting Room above their other Midtown restaurant Bon Ton around the end of January.
Brunch: Wednesday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday, 4 p.m. until closing.
991 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. casa-almenara.com