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Serenidad suddenly closed this week after nearly five months open in Cascade Heights
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5 Big Atlanta Restaurant Stories You Might Have Missed

ICYMI here’s what went down on the Atlanta dining scene for February 20 through February 24

Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

The year began with a slew of new restaurant openings, as well as an unfortunate number of big restaurant closures, including the Lawrence, Bar Mercado, and Full Commission in January. With February almost over, 2023 is looking to be another year of rebuilding for the Atlanta restaurant and dining scene, as the industry continues recovering from the financial toll of the pandemic.

Catch up on the latest big stories you might have missed below. Cheers to the weekend, y’all!

The five biggest stories of the week

  1. Closures continue to dominate the news cycle this month. Serenidad, owned by Twisted Soul chef Deborah VanTrece, closed just shy of five months after opening in Cascade Heights. But VanTrece plans to replace it with another restaurant this spring. Woodward and Park closes at the Larkin on Memorial in Grant Park Sunday, February 26, after three years at the complex.
  2. Southern restaurant Liz and Leon’s and Sweet Gigi’s bar open this fall along historic Hotel Row on Mitchell Street in downtown Atlanta. Backed by Atlanta chef Bella Jones, Liz and Leon’s explores the African diaspora through food and is a “culinary love letter” to her grandparents, in particular her grandmother, Elizabeth.
  3. Food hall Citizens Market opens at Phipps Plaza in April with 13 restaurant stalls offering everything from sushi, burgers, and roast chicken bowls to fried chicken sandwiches, tacos, and vegan fare from some big name chefs and food influencers. This includes chefs Dani Garcia, Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame, and Wes Avila and Italian chef and master butcher Dario Cecchini.
  4. After closing 10th and Piedmont and G’s Midtown in January, just beyond the famed rainbow crosswalk, owner Gilbert Yeremian recently replaced both restaurants with Casa Almenara: Tulum Cuisine and Craft Bar. Yeremian describes his latest restaurant as a “neighborhood destination” for Latin American dishes, with a particular focus on foods found around Tulum and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
  5. The list of restaurants opening around Atlanta in 2023 continues to grow by the day.

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Bellina Alimentari

Westside Provisions District

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (678) 974-1940 Visit Website

Full Commission

519 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 941-9102 Visit Website


1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 900-5172 Visit Website


316 Church Street, , GA 30030 (678) 949-9412 Visit Website


1271 Glenwood Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (470) 428-2034 Visit Website

Colony Square

1197 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30361 (404) 965-9091 Visit Website

Ponce City Market

675 North Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 900-7900 Visit Website

Monday Night Brewing

670 Trabert Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 352-7703 Visit Website

Holeman and Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Road Northwest, , GA 30309 (404) 948-1175 Visit Website


129 Church Street, , GA 30030 (470) 225-6770 Visit Website

Biggerstaff Brewing Company

537 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 796-9919 Visit Website


1454 La France Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (470) 237-2525 Visit Website

Bar Mercado

Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 480-4866 Visit Website

3 Parks Wine Shop

451 Bill Kennedy Way Southeast, , GA 30316 (678) 349-7070 Visit Website


2317 Cascade Road, , GA 30311 (404) 343-1342 Visit Website

The Lawrence

905 Juniper Street Northeast, , GA 30309 (404) 961-7178 Visit Website

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